The Fringe Club was established in 1983. It mounts a fringe festival
in January every year. Its open-access policy allows local and overseas
artists to produce various performances and exhibitions. The Fringe Club
is the venue for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, 'Le French
May' Festival, Faust Festival and others. It runs a diverse programme
of theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts year-round. It also has
its own theatre productions, and organises art exhibitions and site-specific
work with a Hong Kong heritage theme.
The Fringe Club is housed in a cold storage warehouse
built in 1890, which has been listed as a historic monument. Since 1983,
the building has undergone seven major renovations, providing a vibrant
contemporary arts space. In 2001, the Fringe Club was given the Heritage
Award by the Government for its outstanding cultural use of space in this
historical building. It has two studio theatres, three exhibition areas
(including a photography gallery), a pottery workshop and showroom, a
rehearsal studio, a restaurant, two bars, an outdoor cafe, and offices.