Got Fringe?: An Update on the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival

(Updated on June 1, 2020)

The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society is currently undergoing a process to investigate options for the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival. We are collecting information from Fringe artists, volunteers, staff, and the Board of Directors, as well as from participating venues, partners, and collaborators. Their input is highly valuable as we move forward in the decision-making process.

As an organization, we are eager to present a Festival in September, however, we are aware that what is presented will have to be modified to adhere to BC’s Restart Plan. Currently, we are not exploring the option to cancel the Festival. Rather, we are exploring what is possible through discussions with our artists and production team.

If the current restrictions on gatherings are maintained, then we understand that certain aspects of the Fringe Festival may not be possible in September. As such, we are also examining the options of postponing or staggering events.

In the days ahead, the Fringe will be gathering data via surveys, town hall meetings, and one-on-one conversations to serve our decision-making process. We will consult the Fringe community before finalizing any plans.

Fringe artists are the backbone of the Fringe, and as such, the Fringe has extended its withdrawal deadline to offer 2020 Fringe artists flexibility during this uncertain time.

Regardless of what is decided regarding the Festival, community safety remains the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s top priority. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and look for guidance and recommendations in the coming weeks and months from the Public Health Agency of Canada, HealthLink BC, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. We will be developing a detailed health and safety plan for all in-person activities at the Festival.

The Fringe will provide an additional update regarding September plans by early July, with additional updates throughout the summer.

In the meantime, click on the video above to watch Executive Director Rohit Chokhani’s speech regarding the status of the 2020 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Live Captions (English) can be activated by clicking on the CC image at the bottom right side of the video.


Below are previous statements made by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society regarding updates on the 2020 Festival and as they relate to the COVID-19 shutdown.

COVID-19 – Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Updated Statement – lasted updated on April 23, 2020

COVID-19 – Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Statement – last updated on March 31, 2020