Vancouver International Fringe Festival

August 28, 2010

Gorge yourself on “All You Can Eat Theatre” at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival!

With over 600 performances from 83 shows in this year’s festival, the Fringe has more theatre samplings than you can shake a fork at. The Fringe starts things off with a night of Appi-Teasers on September 7, featuring taste tests from nine Fringe shows (and a little help from our friends at Opus, who are lending us numerous easels to display art pieces that are up for auction). The Festival smorgasbord runs from September 9 to 19 on and around Granville Island, and a digestif of favourites at the Public Market Pick of the Fringe from September 23 to 26.

The Fringe is comprised of 100 per cent organic theatre: un-juried, un-censored productions that are literally drawn from a hat! This means that the theatre you taste at the Fringe showcases emerging artists and seasoned veterans in traditional and experimental work alike. We let our audiences decide what their palate prefers – and they vote with their feet.

The Festival’s mainstage venues are centered on and around Granville Island while Bring Your Own Venues (BYOVs) can be found on Granville Island and around the city, including 11 site-specific shows! These shows will be staged in unique spots such as the Vancouver Police Museum, a fire escape, a Pedicab, a backyard, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

The Fringe is live theatre in an informal, accessible, and inexpensive environment, striving to break down traditional boundaries between audiences and artists, encouraging open dialogue between theatre-goers and theatre-creators. This year the Fringe is offering up talks and workshops too! Hear all about the Fringe circuit that goes around North America during Fringe On The Road on September 13 at the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Café or check out a Totem Figures interview with Fringe legend TJ Dawe on September 10. Check out the Fringe program guide for more info and the other workshops being presented during the Festival.

Descriptions for the 83 shows at this year’s Fringe can be found at vancouverfringe.com and in our program guide, which is available at Blenz Coffee locations, the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Farmers Markets, and Fringe friendly businesses.

Tickets for the Festival are on sale now and are only $12 in advance for weekend shows (Friday-Sunday), and $10 in advance for weekday shows (Monday-Thursday). The Fringe is also offering half price tickets to select shows! Check the program guide for details. Tickets can be purchased online at vancouverfringe.com or at the Fringe Box Office, located at 1592 Johnston Street (kitty-corner from the Granville Island Public Market’s main entrance).

See you at the Fringe!