Last week we ran our annual fundraising campaign, Spring for the Fringe, and we want to send out a hearty thank you to everyone who renewed or upgraded their gifts, or became a new donor—especially to those monthly donors who help keep the funds flowing throughout the year! The 2013 Fringe Festival simply could not be so great without such commitment.
We hope you connected with the stories about the Fringe’s beginnings, how theatre can connect people to each other and their sense of self, and our desire to spread that experience. We received some lovely messages from you and some random drop-ins to our office—all of which made us feel honoured to be part of your Fringe family.
You’ve come together to build the Festival you love into something extraordinary for 2013! We’re still counting, but Friday’s total of $5,000 brings the Festival closer to covering the basic costs of the 350+ Mainstage performances coming to the 2013 Festival. You’ve made a big difference!
Best of all, even though the official campaign is now done, there’s still time for those who haven’t donated, renewed, or increased your support to contribute to the 2013 Festival and join (or re-join) the ranks of the Fringe Lovers, heroes to the world!
Thanks again! And see you at the Festival!
Do you love the Fringe?—really love the Fringe? There may be a special place for you at a special table. That’s right, the Fringe boardroom table (ok, it’s actually just a folding table in a multi-purpose room, but it’s still an important table!).
The Fringe is recruiting several new board members: ambassadors, advocates, and askers who will take leadership roles in shaping the future of the Fringe. You’ll need to have 5-10 hours per month and the drive to take the Fringe to new heights and possess the following:
- Deep commitment to the Fringe and our values
- Experience serving on boards
- Experience in business development, marketing, or theatre
Think this might be you? If you are interested, the first step is helping us get to know you a bit more by filling out this form and sending it to us by May 31. Then we’ll be in touch to find out if you’re the right match for the Fringe.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that British Columbia is in the midst of an election. If you haven’t voted in the advance polls, don’t forget to head to your voting place on May 14. Not sure where that is? Elections BC can help you find your Electoral District and show you where to vote.
If you can’t live without the arts, you’re not alone. Luckily, Arts Coalition BC built a website with election information, including party statements about arts and culture in BC from the Green Party, the BC Conservatives, the BC Liberals, and the BC NDP. Read these over and see which party is best aligned with your views on how the government should support BC’s arts and culture.
The Vancouver Chamber Choir sent our a questionnaire to 137 Metro Vancouver candidates about arts and culture issues. You can read the results here.
You can also check out the CBC’s Vote Compass, which asks about all topics and tells you where your opinions fall compared to those of the four major parties. Happy voting!
The Fringe has gotten together with Canadian Blood Services’ Partners For Life, a national program committed to saving lives through blood donations! Did you know one blood donation can save up to three lives?
Our office made a trip together to donate and eat free cookies. If you’d like to donate under the Fringe umbrella, you can use our partner ID, VANC013806 and register here. Or, consider signing up your organization for the Partners for Life program. You could get cookies too! All it takes is a little bit of blood.
The latest from Up in the Air Theatre’s foray into festivals is rEvolver: the Changing Stage Theatre Festival. Branching from the Walking Fish Festival and the Neanderthal Festival, rEvolver will have a little bit of everything. In fact, they say to “Expect everything EXCEPT the Kitchen Sink.”
What you can certainly expect is the return of some Vancouver Fringe alumni!
2011 Pick of the Fringe winner, Big Shot, has Jon Lachlan Stewart jumping from one character to another as the story of a SkyTrain shooting is told by the boy who witnesses it—as though it’s an action movie.
Creator of 2009’s Cam and Legs, Ramshackle Theatre, presents kid-friendly Sci-Fi Double Feature, a puppet show filmed and projected live on to the big screen. If you like campy b-movie science fiction, this one’s for you!
There’s lots more too, so be sure to check out rEvolver’s website to learn about all the shows and go see them May 14 to 26!
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of theatre:
Next Stage Theatre Festival Accepting Applications
The Next Stage Theatre Festival is open for applications from any artist who has participated in at least one Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals festival, including the Vancouver Fringe! The NSTF will be held in January, 2014, in Toronto.
Festival Launch!: Professional Emerging Artists Accepting Applications
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Are you a professional emerging artist? Participating in this Festival gives you the opportunity to showcase work before a panel of artistic professionals and participate in career-building workshops. Applications due May 28. Showcase and workshops June 21 and 22.
Never Shoot a Stampede Queen
Granville Island Stage
Directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen is Mark Leiren-Young’s award winning story of a city boy who takes a job as a reporter in a small town and meets unusual characters and reports on strange, strange news. Controversial tweet-seats are available May 15 and 22! Use the promo code “buddyholly” to get $10 off! Or use the code “newsie” and get two-for-one for Wednesday night shows and Saturday matinees when TJ, Zach, and Mark do talkbacks sessions.
CBC Studio 700
Fringe alumni Emmelia Gordon (The Progressive Polygamists) plays 14 characters in fellow Fringe alumni, shameless hussy productions’ of Dissolve, a show that’ll challenge your beliefs and behaviour surrounding alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault.
1/4 Life Crisis
Jericho Arts Centre
Being 25 sucks! Relationships are disappointing, and your dreams and your reality seem to run on parallel lines… but looking back at it can be hilarious! ¼ Life Crisis won the Audience Choice Award at the New York FRIGID Festival in 2010.