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.[1] 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 most recent festival ran from September 5 to 15, 2013.[2]


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 2013, the Vancouver Fringe Festival runs 11 days in 25 venues, centred on Granville Island, with other performances around the city.

The 2012 festival saw an improvised musical based on the works of William Shakespeare.[3] Increased professional standards have resulted in the Fringe introducing programs such as its "Dramatic Works Series".[1] As of 2014, its Executive Director is David Jordan.

Given the size of Vancouver's television and film industry, a significant number of shows involve members of those media.[1] As at its inception, shows in the Vancouver Fringe are selected by random lottery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Stuart Derdeyn (2014-09-02). "Vancouver Fringe Fest productions more polished, professional in 30th year". Vancouver Province. Retrieved 2014-09-02. 
  2. ^ Lieren-Young, Mark (September 4, 2013). "Best of the Vancouver Fringe Festival". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bard on the Beach turns 25". WE Vancouver. June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 

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