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Fringe Tickets Are Now Available!

Fringe Tickets Are Now Available!

The image is of the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival Program Guide cover for September. It has a blue background, with the logo of the Vancouver Fringe Festival 2020 at the top. In the centre of the image is the text "A Shift in Perspective," surrounded by characters such as a clown, a juggler, a dancer, a goose, and a magician, arranged in a kaleidoscopic manner. More details on the Festival are listed on the bottom of the cover -- "Sept. 10-20 | Oct. 1-10 | Oct. 29-Nov.8 | Nov. 26-Dec. 6. / On and around Granville Island & East Vancouver / VancouverFringe.com / Theatre for Everyone!"

Here’s a sneak peek of the 2020 Program Guide cover, designed by Kitty Cheung!

Look at the Fringe with kaleidoscope eyes! With this year’s theme being “A Shift in Perspective,” the image of the kaleidoscope perfectly captures the motley artistry of shows that you can only find in the Fringe. From a one-person show about surviving COVID-19 (among other things), to a roving mystery show involving the theft of highly-priced works of art, to an outdoor cabaret featuring Vancouver’s top womxn and nonbinary performers, and more, these shows are offering new perspectives in a changing world!

Ready to dive in and see some Fringe shows? Tickets are now on sale! Visit our website and buy tickets to the first mini-Fringe for only $15. We have your enjoyment and safety as our top priorities, so read on to see the changes in the Fringe’s Box Office Policies.

The Fringe is going paperless this year! The Box Office will not have a physical presence on the Island this year, so make sure to buy your tickets online. There’s also no need to show your phone to the ushers or print your tickets at home; we’ll have your name on a list at the venue. Box Office may sell tickets at the door depending on their availability but we recommend you to purchase in advance to ease your arrival and have the opportunity to communicate any additional considerations or access needs in advance. Tickets at the door will be card payments only, no cash. Frequent Fringer Cards will not be offered this year.

Memberships, which you’ll need to attend shows at the Fringe, are also going paperless this year! You can get them when you first buy your tickets for $7. Membership fees help cover the cost of the Festival, since 100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the artists. And for the first time, Premium Memberships at the Fringe will be offered for $15 per patron! This is a great way to show a little extra support for the Fringe during these times and gives you access to perks such as Premium table seating at applicable venues.

If you’re experiencing fever, chills, sore throat, shortness of breath, a new or worsening cough, and/or new muscle aches or headache; have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days; or have been in close contact with someone who currently has or has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend any Fringe shows and stay at home until you feel better and have been medically cleared.

If you have further questions about the Fringe’s 2020 Box Office Policies, you can e-mail boxoffice@vancouverfringe.com. We are excited for you to come enjoy the kaleidoscope of experiences that staggered Fringing will offer you as you stay safe and healthy and Fringe on with us in September!

Learn and Grow with the Fringe

A black silhoutte against a white background of a person sitting beside a tree, looking as if they're reading a book. The tree is very stylized, with the branches curving into swirls.

The Hills Have Eyes: A Generative Hillside Writing Workshop for Equity-Seeking Artists is one of the workshops the Fringe is offering this staggered Festival season. Registration is limited to 15 participants, so sign up today!

Did you know that the Fringe also provides established and aspiring Artists opportunities to hone their skills? For the first leg of the staggered Festival, we are offering two workshops to kick off this season of staggered learning and growing!

On Thursday, September 17, the Fringe will be kicking off its staggered season of learning and growing with the virtual BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Fringe Gathering! Meet past, present, and future Fringe Artists and community members and discuss questions regarding the ways in which artists have pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP by September 6 and indicate if you would like to arrange for ASL interpretation or live captioning during the gathering. Please note that this event is exclusive for BIPOC participation.

Register today for a The Hills Have Pens: A Generative Hillside Writing Workshop for Equity-Seeking Artists, hosted by the Vancouver Fringe’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director Siobhan Barker and Communications and Outreach Coordinator Karla Comanda, on Sunday, September 20 from 1-3pm at Sutcliffe Park / Picnic Pavilion (location to be confirmed)! Siobhan and Karla will be using prompts to lead participants into exploring themes of isolation, longing, joy, nature, and privilege. Please note that this workshop is exclusive for the participation of Equity-Seeking communities (includes BIPOC, living with disability, neurodiverse, LGBT2Q+, low vision, d/Deaf). Make sure to register by September 9 and indicate if you would need ASL interpretation during the gathering. This workshop is limited to 15 participants and safe distancing practices will be observed.

More workshops will be coming your way during this staggered Festival season—soon! Keep an eye out on our newsletter for more opportunities to learn and grow with the Fringe!

Connect With Local Artists With Art Downtown

Various paintings are on display in what looks like an outdoor plaza, with a few people walking around and looking at the paintings. The people are fairly physically distanced from each other. Towards the back of the photo is a person playing a guitar.

Enjoy the creations of local artists at a safe social distance with Art Downtown!

If you’re looking for more artsy things to enjoy before shifting into Fringe gear, go check out Art Downtown! It’s a new, socially-distanced outdoor program where local artists exhibit their work in two beautiful locations in the heart of downtown Vancouver, presented by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. And when you’re there, make sure to check out the works of Bita Motamedi and Mohammad Reza Atashzad!

Art Downtown happens every Wednesday at Lot 19 and every Friday at Cathedral Square 11am-2pm until September 11. With live painting onsite, artwork for sale, and live music, there’s lots of ways to connect with and support local artists!