Celebrate Theatre with the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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If you love theatre, then you’re in luck as the Vancouver Fringe Festival is back from September 5th-15th with over 80 shows in just 11 days.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival aims to celebrate every kind of theatre possible. Produced by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, the Fringe Festival has been an annual event in Vancouver since 1985. Now in its 29th year, the Fringe Festival attracts over 30,000 attendees.

With the motto, “Theatre for everyone!” the Fringe Festival employs an “everyone welcome” technique to select performers. Literally drawing names out of a hat, the Fringe gives all performers, from novice to master, the chance to participate on their Mainstage. The Fringe strives to produce a unique environment for theatre by presenting live theatre in an accessible and informal setting where the audience and artists can interact. They aim to break down the traditional boundaries of theatre by encouraging open dialogue between artist and attendee.

With over eighty shows, the Fringe Festival is full of variety. Shows this year include Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub, an ode to hockey fandom, N.O.N.C.E., featuring British spoken-word poet Steve Larkin, who based the story on his real-life experiences working in a prison, the burlesque themed Gypsy Rose Lee at Minsky’s Burlesque, and Fools For Love, a clown romantic comedy. You can see a preview on September 5th at Fringe-For-All, where artists perform two-minute teasers of their upcoming shows.

In addition to the shows, the Fringe Festival also features the Fringe Bar, the after-hours Fringe watering hole in the Railspur District of Granville Island. Artists, audiences, and volunteers alike are invited to take part and enjoy live music and performances. Open onwards from 7pm, the Fringe Bar will feature nightly bands, comedians, DJs, and more.

Following the Fringe Festival, you can catch Pick of the Fringe, which will run from September 19th-29th. Pick of the Fringe recognises the best of the Festival. Following each performance during the Festival, attendees can rate each performance, determining a shortlist. Judges will select six shows from the shortlist for Pick of the Fringe. The winners will be announced at Awards Night on September 15th.

Lastly, there’s still time to check out Pick Plus, a selection of six shows from Fringes across Canada. Brief Encounters 20 will run September 19th, 20th, and 21st, Big Shot will run September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, and Jake’s Gift will be featured on September 28th and 29th.

The Fringe Festival will take place across Granville Island and in venues across the city from September 5th-15th. Tickets range from $5-$12, plus an additional $5 membership fee. For more information on shows and tickets, please visit the Fringe Festival website.

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