World Fringe Day
On July 11 the Vancouver Fringe Festival joined Fringe Festivals across the globe to celebrate the inaugural World Fringe Day!
We asked for short video submissions, from you, about the Fringe and you delivered!
More on the birth of Fringe and World Fringe Day
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 were refused entry to the program. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the “fringe” of the Festival anyway.
Today the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access festival where, in the spirit of the original eight, no one is denied entry, making it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom. In 2016, 3,269 shows took place in 294 venues across Edinburgh.
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 from strength to strength, enabling people all over the world to make cultural connections that transcend national boundaries.
David Jordan, the Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe said:
“70 years is young in the art world. We are still at the beginning of a movement. Sometimes I take for granted how radical what we’re doing is. Valuing participation above excellence is still a radical concept. Believing that excellence arises out of participation goes against the grain. In Canada we’ve trademarked ‘Fringe,’ not for monetary gain, but because the word is so valuable. ‘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. I know that Fringes around the world make a transformative difference in their communities by offering different opportunities and experiences. To me, being part of the Fringe movement means cultivating these experiences so that they can be shared widely. We hope that Vancouver Fringe audiences and artists will join us on World Fringe
Day to tell the world what Fringe means to them.”
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:
“From humble beginnings in Edinburgh in 1947, the Fringe movement has developed into a global
network of festivals over the last 70 years, with Fringes now taking place on every continent except
Antarctica. 2017 promises to be a very exciting year in Fringe history as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and join with our sister Fringes around the globe to celebrate 70 years of the Fringe movement. I hope that anyone who has attended, performed at, or been involved in organising a Fringe will take the opportunity to share their Fringe stories on World Fringe Day.”
For more information about the day visit WorldFringeDay.com.
The Vancouver Fringe is part of the global network World Fringe. Please like and share their Facebook page to find out about touring and Fringe opportunities – https://www.facebook.com/WorldFringe
Also the World Fringe website, holds a wealth of information about Fringe Festivals and resources – www.worldfringe.com
World Fringe twitter – @worldfringenet