On Thursday, this year’s Vancouver International Fringe Festival officially kicked off. I did my first volunteer shift as ticket seller yesterday and just did another one earlier on today. I have a couple more shifts next weekend! This is my first time volunteering for Vancouver International Fringe Festival and my first time attending the festival. I was trying to volunteer last year but it didn’t work out with my schedule. So, I am glad I get the opportunity this year!
What is so great about the Vancouver International Fringe Festival is that it is “affordable” theatre and the money that is being made goes directly to the artists. It is a not-for-profit charitable organization and money made at fundraisers go to charities of their choice. It has theatre from all of the world and how things get chosen to who will be in the line up each year is drawn from a hat. The main stage venues are all over Granville Island and you will find some shows specific towards the venue or in a place you never thought you would be seeing theatre at like at a parking lot or under a bridge. Some venues are off site where the artists chose specifically and put their own money towards. Here is some more information about Fringe at their official site.
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, produced annually by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, is BC’s largest theatre festival and North America’s most international Fringe Fest. This year’s Fringe Festival will feature over 754 performances by 97 groups over 11 days, and is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival year after year by Georgia Straight readers.
Theatre for Everyone!
Check out our shiny new mission statement! The Fringe went through a strategic planning and mission re-evaluation process in 2010, and after talking to artists, theatregoers, donors, and Fringers of every kind, here’s what we came up with.
The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society exists to celebrate theatre and create opportunities for performing artists and audiences by:
- Presenting the Vancouver International Fringe Festival and its unjuried, uncensored content;
- Supporting emerging and established artists;
- Collaborating with other leading arts organizations; and
- Cultivating an accessible organizational environment.
I am planning on seeing as much theatre as possible at the festival which runs till September 16! There are certain ones I want to see for sure but I haven’t really figured out my schedule yet since I am waiting to hear back about some other stuff going on right now! Look forward to some reviews/thoughts about the shows I see at Fringe 🙂 Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for more details and to buy tickets! Follow @VancouverFringe.