There is a number of Fringe Festivals happen around the globe each year. A number of those happen in Canada.
Fringe Festivals are dedicated to supporting independent performers and artists while creating opportunities for diverse communities to experience boundary-pushing theatre and live performance at affordable rates.
Fringe Festivals operate in accordance with the five criteria established by the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). They are guided by its which is to unite, support, empower and strengthen member festivals in order to cultivate and foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences across North America.
CAFF’s member festivals have worked together for more than 30 years to pioneer a made-in-Canada model unique in the Fringe world. These festivals are designed to put artists and audiences in direct contact, fostering experimentation and discovery on both sides of the fourth wall.
The Edmonton Fringe Festival was the first Canadian Fringe which was established in 1982. This was inspired by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which began in 1947. The success of Edmonton’s led to the creation of Fringe Festival across Canada and United States.
One of the members of CAFF is the Halifax Fringe Festival which has been presenting an accessible, unjuried, and uncensored festival for the past 30 years! This is an annual performing arts festival that includes theatre, music, circus, dance, comedy, education, and more! Enjoy the performances of over 350 individual performers in 10+ venues with more than 50 productions.
The Halifax Fringe was officially established in 1990 and has produced an annual Fringe Festival in Halifax since then. As a Fringe Festival, they are mandated to support cultural democracy by removing the traditional gatekeepers from their process of presenting art. They created an open access platform to elevate work by artists with backgrounds or artistic practices that are not adequately supported by mainstream artistic institutions. For them, The notion of artistic excellence is subjective and culturally specific.
Are you ready to witness and be amazed with fun and unique performances? Head now to Kjipuktuk / Halifax from September 2 to 12!
More to this festival at https://discoverhalifaxns.com/event/the-halifax-fringe-festival/
Photo credits to https://halifaxfringe.ca