The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Over 11 days in September, more than 80 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. There is also a category for artists who find their own venue, Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV). The Fringe welcomes their performances as well, some of them in surprising locations like inside bathrooms or in the back of a car. Many of these are part of the Fringe Onsite program, which cultivates this type of site-specific work for the nooks and crannies on Granville Island.
The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, Fringe artists, audiences, volunteers, and everyone involved, are welcomed to take in live music and share their experiences at the Fringe Bar. With over 500 volunteers supporting 700 performances in 11 days, the Fringe is a cultural experience unlike any other—bustling with the energy of an unwieldy stable of untamed creative beasts.
Festival highlights include the Fringe-for-All (a preview showcase), the Public Market Pick of the Fringe (the extended run of the most popular shows as chosen by the audience), and the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Cafe, where you can dance the night away with your fellow Fringers.
Kick off the fall cultural calendar the week after Labour Day with the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Opening Night Party: September 3, 2013
Fringe-for-All Previews: September 5, 2013
Fringe Festival Dates: September 5-15, 2013
Pick of the Fringe: September 18-29, 2013