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Celebrating the World of Fringe

Celebrate World Fringe Day!

World Fringe Day is coming July 11 and the Vancouver Fringe Festival will join Fringe Festivals across the globe to celebrate, but we need your help!

We’re looking for short video submissions, from you, about the Fringe! Your video can simply be shot on a smart phone and emailed to us at [email protected]. We’ll share these videos all day on July 11, and then again leading up to and during the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

Click here for more about filming and submitting your video!

2017 marks 70 years since the birth of the Fringe concept. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival—but they were refused. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the “fringe” of the Festival anyway.

The spark that was ignited in Edinburgh has circled the globe and there are now more than 200 Fringes worldwide. The Fringe model has been emulated from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in-between. The Fringe movement has grown enabling people all over the world to make cultural connections that transcend national boundaries.

“70 years is young in the art world,” Vancouver Fringe Executive Director David Jordan explains. “We are still at the beginning of a movement. Sometimes I take for granted how radical what we’re doing is. ‘Fringe’ has become synonymous with authenticity and independent art and we want to keep it that way to ensure that Fringe Festivals are accessible platforms for all artists and audiences. We hope that Vancouver Fringe audiences and artists will join us on World Fringe Day to tell the world what Fringe means to them.”

Share a memorable Fringe moment, tell us why the Fringe is important to you, or simply wish the world a Happy World Fringe Day in a short video! Find video submission details here and learn more about World Fringe Day here!

Welcome New Fringe Sponsors!

Welcome to the Fringe new sponsors! Fringe folk are going to love you! Photos by Emilio Merritt (top) and Mike Vlasman (bottom).

Welcome to the Fringe new sponsors! Fringe folk are going to love you! Photos by Emilio Merritt (top) and Mike Vlasman (bottom).

Sponsors play an important role at the Fringe, providing perks for volunteers, prizes for our Raffle, and making the Festival run smoothly! Many Fringe sponsor partners are returning, but we wanted to introduce you to the new sponsors joining the Fringe in 2017.

La Taqueria is adding tacos to our (new) Opening Night festivities, while  Sons of Vancouver Distillery will be preparing fancy cocktails to kick off the Festival.

Speaking of beverages, Urban Distilleries’ Spirit Bear Gin and XFour Vodka will now be available at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar. And for those of you looking for a non-alcoholic beverage or an interesting mixer, try RISE Kombucha. For late night snacks at the Fringe Bar, Hardbite will satisfy your cravings.

Hardbite will also donate chips to the Volunteer Centre (as if seeing shows for free wasn’t incentive enough to volunteer) and the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party will double as a pizza party thanks to Boston Pizza!

The 2017 Raffle will be extra exciting with prizes supplied by Float House, Fresh Prep, the Granville Island Hotel, Nita Lake Lodge, and Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

Stay tuned for more on how our new and old sponsors will be supporting the 2017 Festival!

Fringe New Play Prize: Setting Bones

The 2017 Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Setting Bones, will be at the Festival in September.

The 2017 Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Setting Bones, will be at the Festival in September.

The Fringe New Play Prize, a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre that provides dramaturgical support and a Mainstage spot on the Fringe for an emerging playwright was selected back in December, 2016. Since then, the work-in-progress, (Untitled) Boxes, has undergone many transformations, including a new title: Setting Bones.

Show creators lee williams boudakian, Kamee Abrahamian, and Anoushka Ratnarajah have been devising and writing, delving more deeply into themes of cultural memory loss and recovery, intergenerational storytelling, and queer diaspora. During one of their intensive sessions, the new title emerged as if it had been waiting for them. The creation process continues to unearth discoveries of character, plot, image and sound, all weaving together to tell the stories that wait to be told.

Anoushka, Kamee, and lee will be sharing more about the development of their show in Fringe newsletters leading up to the Festival. Stay tuned for more!

Balancing Theatre, Work, and Life

From left to right, top to bottom, Donna Soares, David Jordan, Peter Jorgensen, mia susan amir, each of whom will be discussing work/life balance at the annual Making a Scene conference.

From left to right, top to bottom, Donna Soares, David Jordan, Peter Jorgensen, mia susan amir, each of whom will be discussing work/life balance at the annual Making a Scene conference.

Since 2000, the annual Making A Scene conference has been essential to strengthening the local theatre industry. Through presentations, working sessions, and plenty of opportunity for social gathering, the day-long conference offers attendees the chance to delve into discussions with colleagues, friends, and new acquaintances, all of whom are passionate about theatre. This year, Making A Scene falls on Tuesday, June 20.

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, will moderate a panel at this year’s conference on work/life balance. Setting Boundaries: An Artists’ and Administrators’ guide to Health and Wellness will feature one of Vancouver’s preeminent directors of musical theatre, Peter Jorgensen, rising star Donna Soares, and mia susan amir, who is currently the Playwrights Theatre Centre mentor for the Fringe New Play Prize! David is excited to get them sharing their war wounds as well as their strategies for the battle for balance in the arts.

Find out about the other sessions at the conference. And there’s still time to register!

What Could the Fringe Do with $10,000?

A whole lot of amazing, that’s what!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back! This national contest will benefit any registered Canadian charity, and guess what? The Fringe is a charity!

Every $1 donated to a registered charity on CanadaHelps.org or GivingChallenge.ca, automatically enters the charity to win a $10,000 donation, provided by the GIV3 Foundation.

Make a donation to the Vancouver Fringe through Canada Helps in the month of June and your donation will enter us to win $10K! Donations as low as $3 count—and even if we don’t win, you’ll be investing in “Theatre for Everyone,” which is pretty awesome all on its own. Donate now!

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