The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Produced annually by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society over 11 days in September, with over 600 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 30,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers.
The Fringe employs an “everyone is welcome” selection technique—the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists, from novice to veteran, a chance to participate.The Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries and encourage open dialogue between audiences and artists by presenting live un-juried, uncensored theatre in an accessible and informal environment. All artists receive 100% of regular box office revenues generated during the Festival.
The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, Fringe artists, audiences, and volunteers are invited to take in live music and performance at the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar.
Vancouver Fringe Festival Mainstage shows feature some of Vancouver’s best venues including the Revue Stage, Performance Works, and the Waterfront Theatre, all situated on and around Granville Island. The Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) category allows artists to stage original work in unconventional places and in 2011, we added the Fringe Onsite program in collaboration with The Only Animal, offering mentorship to Fringe artists as they create and develop their own site-specific work.
FRINGE and FRINGE FESTIVAL are registered trademarks of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.
The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS) was formed in 1983 with the mission to produce “Theatre for Everyone” in Vancouver. FVTS initiated the first Vancouver Fringe Festival in 1985 and now, 30 years later, the FVTS has established itself as a leader in the BC arts community and a fixture in Vancouver’s events calendar. The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now BC’s largest theatre festival. To read more on our history, see pages 12-15 of the 2009 Festival Program Guide.
We are a Charity
The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable society (Charitable tax #11891 9547 RR0001). With 100% of regular ticket sales going to the artists, our donors and sponsors help make the Festival happen. Learn more about how you can help or to donate by visiting our website at www.vancouverfringe.com
For tickets please call us at 604-762-1927
To volunteer please call us at 604-616-1902