ABOUT THE FRINGE
Theatre for Everyone!
Cultivating artists and audiences to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community.
The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of all kinds of theatre. Produced annually by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society over 11 days in September, with over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers.
The Fringe employs an “everyone is welcome” selection technique—the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists, from novice to veteran, a chance to participate. The Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries and encourage open dialogue between audiences and artists by presenting live un-juried, uncensored theatre in an accessible and informal environment. All artists receive 100% of regular box office revenues generated during the Festival.
The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, Fringe artists, audiences, and volunteers are invited to take in live music and performance at the Phillips Fringe Bar.
Vancouver Fringe Festival Mainstage shows feature some of Vancouver’s best venues including the Revue Stage, Performance Works, and the Waterfront Theatre, all situated on and around Granville Island. The Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) category allows artists to stage original work in unconventional places, including site-specific locations in unusual places indoors and out.
FRINGE and FRINGE FESTIVAL are registered trademarks of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.
Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS) was formed in 1983 with the mission to produce “Theatre for Everyone” in Vancouver. VFTS (formerly called First Vancouver Theatrespace Society) initiated the first Vancouver Fringe Festival in 1985 and now, more than 30 years later, the VFTS has established itself as a leader in the BC arts community and a fixture in Vancouver’s events calendar. The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now BC’s largest theatre festival. To read more on our history, see pages 12-15 of the 2009 Festival Program Guide.
We are a Charity
Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable society (Charitable tax #11891 9547 RR0001). With 100% of regular ticket sales going to the artists, our donors and sponsors help make the Festival happen. Learn more about how you can help or donate now.
The Fringe also relies on over 500 volunteers who donate their time before, during, and after the Festival. Click to learn more about volunteering.