In 2016, Buffer Fringe became an international festival and expanded beyond the buffer zone with all activities taking place in different venues that had historical or social significance across the divide. The third edition of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival took place from the 10th to the 12th of November 2016, after an open-to-public pre-festival reception at the Home for Cooperation on November 9. The Festival featured innovative and experimental performances from all over Cyprus. For the first time in 2016, the festival had international performers from Norway, Germany, France, Israel, Spain and Poland.
The Buffer Fringe Festival 2016 overcame artistic and geographic boundaries and became a place that celebrates artistic fluidity. In this way, the Festival aimed to transform physical and symbolic spaces in the city by challenging the audience and the performers to experience the ‘fringes’ in their daily lives in a divided city. It aspired for a positive change towards a culture of peace by bringing performances from Cyprus and abroad together to express the sometimes unspoken.