Victoria Fringe

25th Annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

August 25 – September 4, 2011   – Various Venues.

Complete festival details now online: www.victoriafringe.com

It’s the Victoria Fringe’s 25th anniversary! Over the last 25 years the festival has grown to become Vancouver Island’s biggest theatre event. In 2011,  72 international, independent performing companies will descend on the City of

Christina Patterson in Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles

Christina Patterson in Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles

Gardens for ten days and nights of comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, and physical theatre – over 400 performances in fourteen venues. Fringe-going is easy, fun and slightly addictive. Meet friends, artists and strangers in lineups, buy cheap tickets and see live shows, grab a bit or beer in between and figure out what you’ll see next. It’s the best part of the summer.

This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fringe in Victoria, we are

Photo courtesy of Luminara Festival

Photo courtesy of Luminara Festival

planning a 4-night long party – the Fringe’s 25th Birthday Bash. Join us in Centennial Square for this FREE celebration from August 23-26 which will include a Fringe Prom All-Ages Dance Party, the famous Fringe Eve Preview, a Block Party concert featuring live bands, a breathtaking illuminated installation of lanterns and giant puppets created specially by the Luminara Festival, spectacular aerial dance performances by the Romp! Festival, a beverage garden and more! Keep an eye out for more details in Fringe Program guides, which hit the streets on August 2.

FringeKids Fest – Sat August 27

This completely free one-day family festival in Market Square introduces young children to the magic of theatre, with live performances, craft activities like puppet making, an inflatable bouncy bunny, life-sized puppets and a cardboard castle for small artists to paint!

Festival program guides are note available at Intrepid Theatre, around town and on the top shelf of Monday Magazine boxes. 

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WHAT IS THE VICTORIA FRINGE?

The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is one of the oldest Fringe Festivals in Canada – 2011 is our 25th anniversary! Intrepid Theatre hosts the festival, which features lots of venues in downtown Victoria, and around 70 productions from all over the world. Tickets are cheep-cheep, and volunteering is a huge part of this awesome community event.

The international theatre companies that participate in the Fringe are selected by lottery – that’s right, we draw them out of a hat! The deadline to apply to the Fringe lottery in 2011 was January 11, and the lucky winners were drawn at noon on January 12th. Those companies prepare and produce their shows, and bring them to the festival ready to be seen by an audience. Interested in applying next year? Read More>>

In 2010  24,000 people came to events at the Fringe Festival. 19,800 tickets were sold, and $163,000 was returned to the participating companies (they make 100% of their box office revenue). There were more than 440 performances in all, and great free public events like the Fringe Block Party and Fringekids Fest – a 100% free mini-fest for kids and families in Market Square.  All this and more are back for 2011!

The Fringe Festival movement is more than 30 years old in Canada, and there are dozens of Fringe Festivals across Canada and the US. Want to know more about the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and where you can find more Fringe Festivals in North America? Click Here>>

The 2011 Victoria Fringe dates are August 25-September 4. Plan to join us for our 25th anniversary!

Join our e-news list and keep up to date on this big event, and all of Intrepid Theatre’s great festivals and programs year round.

Looking to make a charitable donation to the Fringe, to help us celebrate a quarter century of  bringing new artists and new audiences together? Click here to donate>>

If you have questions about the Victoria Fringe, please contact Intrepid Theatre at 250-383-2663 or email.