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Fringers, Start Your Engines!
on July 15,2018 by jared
As always, UMFM's intrepid theater reporter Justin Olynyk, host of Play It Again (Wednesday nights at 8PM), and UMFM's crack team of reviewers will be in the middle of the action checking out some of the great plays and telling your all about them here!
Twenty-eight years ago, in the summer of 1988, the WINNIPEG FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL took its first bow in the Exchange District with five indoor venues, an outdoor stage and 47 performing companies. The festival has grown exponentially over the last quarter century and when the 2018 Fringe kicks off July 18, festival-goers will have the chance to experience the diversity of more than 170 performing companies from across Canada and around the world.
Comedy, drama, music, improv, dance – there’s something for everyone at the Winnipeg Fringe. With TICKETS starting at $10, it’s inexpensive to take a chance on an unknown play, or pick up tickets to the hot show. Advance tickets are on sale now at Fringe Central (MTC Box Office, 174 Market Ave., 204-204-943-7464). To see more theatre for less, a FREQUENT FRINGER PASS lets Fringe fans see 14 shows for $123. PROGRAMS are on sale now at Liquor Mart stores, the Royal MTC Box Office and McNally Robinson. To get all pertinent Fringe info on the fly follow all the Winnipeg Fringe social media sites - Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account!
As an extra added bonus, this year's Fringe will also feature an amazing lineup of fantastic local music at the CUBE in Old Market Square, with shows running daily starting at noon and running hourly until 10PM! This year's diverse lineup features the likes of JD Edwards Band, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Bloody Historians, Romi Mayes, Papa Mambo, The Noble Thiefs and Mama Cutsworth. We've also got street performers Chris without the Hat, Tianna The Traveler, The Big Wheel Show, The Circus Firemen and The Silver Starlets joining in on the fun this year! Guaranteed, there's no better place to spend these hot summer nights, kicking back and enjoying a beverage or two with your friends!
For more information on the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, including Outdoor Stage and Kids Fringe schedules, please visit us at www.winnipegfringe.com. You can also call the Fringe info line at 204-943-7464.
Watching Movies Under The Stars!
on July 14,2018 by jared
The 18th annual Gimli Film Festival (GFF) is gearing up to go in one week! This year, GFF will screen 59 Manitoba films that showcase the amazing talent coming out of the prairies.
FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance – 16 years and still evolving!
on July 9,2018 by jared
The commercialization of the environment, treaty relations, exploring erased stories in mythology and tackling racism head on...FemFest 2018 is not shying away from the reality of the world we live in. Things have certainly changed in 16 years and this year FemFest has taken a hard look at its role. After intensive community consultations, FemFest 2018: Coming of Age will focus on diversity, inclusivity and visibility. From September 15 to 22 Sarasvàti Productions will take over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of life-changing theatre for everyone!
FemFest itself is resisting complacency with a desire to be responsive to community needs, stories that need to be told and adjustments to the festival to make it truly accessible. The artistic work this year will resist oppression, harmful tradition and silencing of voice. New initiatives will be announced in the lead up to September. To start, we are excited to announce the touring shows and guest artists who will be in Winnipeg for FemFest 2018:
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee (aka Belladonna the Blest) and playwright. Her work has been recognized with a SATAward nomination, the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. We are excited to welcome her to Winnipeg to perform her one woman show The Sound of the Beast produced by Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto). This solo piece speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop. Inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld-El 15 – who was jailed for his song Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs) – the show highlights St. Bernard’s quick wit and quicker rhymes in a performance that reflects on identity, oppression and what happens when authority is questioned.
Darla Contois is a Winnipeg artist who spends much of her time working in Toronto. After premiering her solo show at Summerworks, we are proud to present it here in her home town. White Man’s Indian is the story of Eva, a Cree teenage girl, and her journey through the maze of a White Man’s high school. It is a hilarious quest for identity and spirituality through the hallways of teen angst, racism, and an evil prom queen.
Our third Canadian touring show is Burnt by Norah Paton. Every year over 65,000 people gather in the desert outside of Reno, Nevada to form a temporary community called Burning Man. Burnt explores the participants and culture of Burning Man using recordings of interviews, conversations, music, dust storms, and chaos.
FemFest 2018 will also include a partnership with Théatre Cercle Molière to present an exciting French piece from Morocco – La Civilisatoin, ma mère!..., with an additional reading in Arabic. On the local front, in partnership with Manohar Performing Arts, The Game will be presented as a hybrid of classical Indian dance and theatre. The festival will continue to offer revamped versions of the Bake-Off playwriting competition, readings and an opening cabaret featuring music, visual art, comedy and film.
FemFest runs from September 15-22, 2018 atthe Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15-$20 for single shows and a full festival pass is available for $50. For more information visit our website: www.femfest.ca.
About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!
You Down With the BIG FUN?
on July 1,2018 by jared
Since it's inception we've been a proud supporter of the BIG FUN festival, an annual, five day music festival showcasing multiple genres of music in several venues in downtown Winnipeg every January. Using Winnipeg’s prairie winter as the backdrop, the festival showcases the best of Manitoba’s current and upcoming artists as well as some hand picked acts from across Canada.
The festival runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon. There are a variety of events taking place throughout the weekend in close proximity to each other so that festivalgoers can travel between the shows. . Shows on the same evening are staggered and are distinct in sound and delivery so that you can have many different experiences all in one Big Fun weekend.
Submissions for #BIGFUN2019 are now open! From June 1st to September 15th submit your band to play the 8th instalment of the Big Fun Festival, running January 23rd-27th.
Think you or your band would be a good fit for the festival? You can apply by heading over to the festival's submission's page and following the easy steps - it's just that simple!
Win A Pass For This Year's Folk Festival!
on June 25,2018 by jared
If you've been listening to UMFM over the last few weeks, you know that once again we've teamed up with our friends at the Winnipeg Folk Festival to give you a chance to win a full festival pass to this year's festival!
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