The 28th Vancouver International Fringe Festival

A still from Vancouver International Fringe Festival performance Plasticity Now

The word “fringe” can refer to the uncommon, unconventional and extreme. And while the 28th annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival may feature performances that fall into those categories, there is still guaranteed to be something that appeals to everyone’s edgy side. After all, there will be 754 performances by 97 groups over 11 days. In total, there are expected to be 30,000 attendees. That’s a lot of uncommon, unconventional and extreme theatre-goers, which goes to show that sometimes the abnormal is the norm.

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The 28th Vancouver International Fringe Festival

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in September 2012

Catch Hip.Bang! Improv perform for the 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival at Little Mountain Gallery, Sept. 6-16.

It’s easy to love a month that starts with a three-day weekend. And the Labour Day long weekend has a full agenda of staycation goodness including a smokin’ BBQ competition in Gastown, the Victory Square Block Party and your last chance to visit the Fair at the PNE.

As the month progresses and the air cools, September in Vancouver is all about the arts. Expect eclectic theatre and funny-bone-shattering improv from the annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Sept. 6-16. The Olio Festival presents an edgy mix of mediums including skate, fashion, theatre and art, Sept. 19-23. Get ready for the hotly anticipated Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept. 27-Oct. 12, featuring 400 exciting movies, from world premieres to North American premieres.

Finally, you can’t talk fall without a mention of fall fashion. As Vogue debuts its biblical September tome, Vancouver glams up with style events Fashion’s Night Out (Sept. 6) and Main St.’s Spend on Trend (Sept. 14-16).

Oh and Bill Clinton and Madonna are coming to town. But not together.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in September 2012

The Fringe Festival presents Lucky 9

Ever thought of a different way in which you could connect better with your family? I know, who hasn’t.

On the edges of energy, creativity and community lies The Vancouver International Fringe Festival. The festival typically runs mid-September but as luck would have it, the show Lucky 9, by TJ Dawe, is back for one night Saturday Feb.19 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

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The Fringe Festival presents Lucky 9

Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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The annual foray into the absurd which is the Vancouver Fringe Festival is currently underway, running from Sept. 9-19 at venues on Granville Island and throughout the city.

The Festival highlights alternative and non-mainstream theatre performances.  The 80 eclectic productions featured at this year’s event were largely chosen at random.  Participants submitted ideas and organizers picked the winners out of a hat.  That ensures that many, many extreme and unusual performances get exposure – the kind of stuff you rarely see in a more traditional theatre environment.

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Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Pick of the Fringe & One Man Star Wars Trilogy

B.C.’s largest theatre festival, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, just finished, but you can still catch this season’s four most-popular shows at the Pick of the Fringe, playing Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27 at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre.

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Pick of the Fringe & One Man Star Wars Trilogy

2009 Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival five years in a row by Georgia Straight readers, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival is famous for offering the year’s most diverse and eclectic (and funny!) sources of live entertainment.

Fringe performances run the gamut of artistic innovation with pieces from local, national and international artists at all levels, from seasoned veterans to emerging talent. And with tickets only $10 – $12, it’s easy to take a chance and see something you wouldn’t normally try. (That’s the best part!)

As B.C.’s largest theatre festival, this year’s event has over 400 performances by more than 65 different groups at some of Vancouver’s best theatres, including Granville Island Stage, Performance Works, and the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

Performances include The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, directed by Vancouver’s Jeremy Waller and starring locals Alicia Novak and Darren Baquist as Ophelia and Hamlet, last year’s 2008 Fringe favourite The Seven Lives of Louis Riel, by local playwright Ryan Gladstone, and the latest offering from Sticky Fingers Productions, Lavignia: a Modern Fairy Tale of Gigantic Proportions, about a giant girl who wants to dance.

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs from September 9 – 20, 2009; Pick of the Fringe runs September 24 – 27, 2009.

Tickets are on sale now: 2009 Program Guide and Tickets.