Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival returning to Old Strathcona

Executive Director Megan Dart and Artistic Director Murray Utas revealed the promotional art to media on Thursday. (Elliott Knopp/Windspeaker Media)

The annual artistic showcase is set to make its return after adapting to many public health guidelines throughout the pandemic.

 

 

After two years of cancellations and heavy modifications, one of Edmonton’s signature events is staging a comeback.

The 41st Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is returning to Old Strathcona this summer.

On Thursday, event organizers held a media availability to announce the event’s grand return and highlight some notable changes to the artistic showcase.

Megan Dart, Executive Director, described this year’s run as a significant improvement from the lack of programming throughout the last two years, adding the schedule is almost half the size of the Fringe Festival’s run in 2019.

“It’s about double the size of last year,” she joked. “But, this year, we will be truly international.”

"Destination Fringe" by Edmonton Artist Kyle Smith. (Elliott Knopp/Windspeaker Media)

This year’s festival is comprised of 27 venues hosting nearly 160 unique performances throughout mid-August.

Noteworthy changes to the programming for the upcoming affair include international performances from artists across about 15 countries, the return of Kid’s Fringe and a focus on Indigenous talent and art.

Artistic Director Murray Utas stated Indigenous artists will occupy various spaces across the entire site map.

The 41st Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is scheduled to run between Aug. 11-21.

Tickets and passes go on sale Aug. 3 at noon.

Anyone interested in volunteering can apply online through the Fringe Theatre website.

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