The Vancouver Fringe Festival is happening again! And no, by fringe I don’t mean bangs or the tassels that hang off a cowboy’s jacket! The Fringe Festival is an arts festival…No, scratch that…The Fringe Festival is the festival where theatre is not only presented, but is celebrated. Volunteers come and support over 700 performances, with the festival itself usually attracting over 40,000 attendees.
The Fringe Festival promotes themselves as “theatre for everyone”, where they enrich artists and audiences and prompt them to create an lively and colourful theatre community, as well as bringing the community together through theatre. The organizers of the festival pride themselves on their fairness, exemplifying it by randomly selecting their performers by drawing names out of a hat. In their eyes, this gives an equal chance for everyone to participate, no matter if they’re a veteran, or an emerging performer—they don’t play favourites. By doing this and many other untraditional practices, the Vancouver Fringe Festival proclaims that they’re abolishing traditional boundaries for the purpose of encouraging open communication between performers and their audiences; they present only live, raw theatre in an casual environment, allowing audiences to be comfortable and really experience true, uncensored theatre.
British Columbia’s largest theatre festival, The Vancouver Fringe Festival likes to put on one large party, with the next installment taking place from October 29th to November 8th. Don’t blink ‘cause you’ll miss it! The VFF has been consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers, so you know it’ll be worth your while, and on top of that, all the artists performing in the festival will receive 100% of regular box office revenue as well, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you’re supporting your local performers directly. View their lineup on the Vancouver Fringe Fest’s website today and check out all the acts coming on October 29th.