One of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Edmonton, the International Fringe Theatre Festival has been going on since last week, but there's still plenty of time to catch one of the great shows and conferences that run until the 26th of August.
The Village of the Fringed descends on Edmonton at venues throughout Old Strathcona and beyond and, now in its 31st year, it's Canada’s largest and longest-running Fringe Festival. The Edmonton Fringe does not jury or censor artists’ work in any way – they select performances using an unbiased lottery system, meaning there are no shortage of cool things to check out.
The event prides itself on its grassroots beginnings as Chinook Touring theatre in 1980, and it has become a community recognized for theatre evolution.
Some of the festivities you can still check out are:
– Fringe Forums 2012 from August 20-22- Free of charge, come and see one of three different forums that touch on issues that concern the theatre community. Hosted by some of Alberta’s most celebrated theatre artists and personalities as guest panelists and moderators, these forums promise to create a lively discussion.
– A Fringe Too Far? What Risks Do We Really Take? August 22- Join local playwrights as they probe questions about the size and scope of the risks they take in their Fringe work.
– Friday Night Fire Show August 24- Meet fellow Fringers at the Edmonton Journal Outdoor Stage in McIntyre Park for the annual Friday Night Fire Show. Street performers give of their talents to create a fire cabaret that is the toast of the Fringe.
Photo: 31st Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival