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Eyes on the Future

Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society announces its programming for the 2021 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

This year, the Fringe Festival will take place from September 9 to September 19 and exclusively on Granville Island at Performance Works, the Revue Stage, Picnic Pavilion, and Alder Bay Dock. Tickets are $15 and are available online at tickets.vancouverfringe.com. The membership is $7.

We are excited to bring to our audiences, for the first time in our history, a hybrid Vancouver Fringe Festival! There will be fifteen in-person shows, one live-stream show, and seventeen pre-recorded digital shows from local, national, and international artists. Here is a snapshot of the events:

The opening night FRINGE FOR ALL … and ALL FOR FRINGE! | Performance Works | September 8 at 7:30PM
Producer – Pippa Mackie; Hosts – Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara
Join fellow Fringers in a celebration to kick off the Festival! 15 Fringe artists will provide a short introduction of their upcoming performance to wet your appetite and entice you to see their shows. And that is not all… we have a bonus surprise for our audiences that night. The ticket is $20 per person and is available at tickets@vancouvefringe.com. Come to Opening Night, feast your eyes and open your senses to the performances in store for you!

Workshop: A Discussion Exploring Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia in the Performing Arts | Zoom | September 11 at 12:00pm
Facilitated by Sarah Marchand
Artist Sarah Marchand will share her experience living with an eating disorder and how she transformed her struggles into art. There will then be a discussion where participants are encouraged to share their own journeys in a safe space, followed by a creative exercise.

Workshop: Movement Workshop: Presence, Mimicry, & Mindful Somatics | Zoom | September 12 at 12:00pm
Facilitated by Chantal Dobles Gering
Chantal will guide a listening and body awareness practice, movement flow, stretching, site-specific sensory interaction, movement scores, and reflection/journaling/drawing/creating. They are a queer movement and theatre artist researching fascial body somatics. They connect to site-specific environments, ecology, mycology, and fluidity. In this workshop, they will facilitate a sensory experience to cultivate skills in contemporary flow and creating space within the body.

The Closing Night: Vancouver Fringe Closing Night: Remixed and Remastered! | Performance Works | September 19 at 8:00pm
Host – Omari Newton
To celebrate the return of The Vancouver Fringe Festival during these times of constant change, we will close off this year’s Festival with a fresh new concept that combines…constant change and uncertainty! Featuring music, dance, theatre, comedy and a whole lot of improvisation, Vancouver Fringe Closing Night: Remixed and Remastered will showcase selected standout acts from this year’s Fringe, inviting performers to collaborate on three-minute improvised summaries of their act with Hip Hop instrumentalist Sam Chimes AKA, host Omari Newton AKA and dancers from prolific Vancouver dance crew “Immigrant Lessons”. This closing night celebration will also feature prizes, surprises and much more. The ticket is $20 and is available at [tickets@vancouvefringe.com](mailto:tickets@vancouvefringe.com).

For those attending in person, the generously sponsored, Phillips Fringe Bar and Wards Cider Fringe Bar, will be located at the Performance Works, and the Revue Stage respectively. There will be a variety of beverages and snacks. The Bar opens fifteen minutes before the show. All current health and safety protocols will be followed.

Community safety remains our top priority, and the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and look for guidance and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, HealthLink BC, BC Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafeBC.

As we promise, we make Theatre for Everyone. We continue to make great efforts to welcome and embrace everyone. And we need your support to continue to do that. The Board and staff of the Vancouver Fringe Festival are asking for input from the Fringe community to assist us as we set the course for the future.

When you hear Vancouver Fringe Festival, what comes to mind? We invite you to tell us a story, anecdote, memory, tale, recollection, image or impression of your experiences with anything that is Vancouver Fringe Festival related, good or bad! It doesn’t have to be epic, even a snippet of a tale will do! We’d like to hear from you so we can reflect, learn and listen to the many voices in our Fringe community. Please share with us your Fringe story.

And if you’d like to leave us your email address via this link, we’ll enter you into a draw to win a Kick-Ass Pass for 2022.

Media can view and download publicity images as well as Festival collateral here.
For more information on the 2021 Vancouver Fringe Festival, please visit the following channels:

Website: www.vancouverfringe.com
Facebook: @VancouverFringeFestival
Instagram: @Vancouver Fringe

Twitter: @VancouverFringe
YouTube: youtube.com/user/VancouverFringe

Additional links:
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The Fringe: vancouverfringe.com/edi-fringe

COVID-19 and The Fringe: vancouverfringe.com/covid-19-updates

About Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society:
Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS) was formed in 1983 with the mission to produce “Theatre for Everyone” in Vancouver. VFTS 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. www.vancouverfringe.com

For more info, photos and interviews, contact:
Zoe Zhang | Marketing Manager
Phone: 604.257.0350
E-mail: marketing@vancouverfringe.com

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