Vancouver Fringe Festival
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The Vancouver Fringe Festival is an annual alternative theatre festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada established in 1985. This event is organized and sponsored by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, a volunteer not-for-profit society. The festival is usually staged in September at a number of venues around the city.
The first Vancouver Fringe Festival was held in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. In 1995, the festival relocated to Commercial Drive. At that time, the festival introduced "bring your own venue", in which performers stage performances at places other than those provided by the festival organizers. As of 2011, the Vancouver Fringe Festival runs 11 days in 25 venues, centred on Granville Island, with other performances around the city.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival adheres to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals model. The most important tenets of this model are that productions are selected by lottery (in provincial, national and international categories), with all box office proceeds retained by each production. In addition to donations, the festival society raises funds for itself by requiring attendees to pay a membership fee in addition to purchasing tickets for each show.
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