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Win­nipeg Fringe The­atre Fes­ti­val is back, bring­ing with it a delight­ful array of inde­pen­dent the­atre. From July 17 to 28, the city will be trans­formed into a vibrant hub of cre­ativ­i­ty, host­ing 150 shows across 25 venues. This fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of both old favourites and fresh, inno­v­a­tive works, span­ning a wide range of gen­res from heart­felt dra­mas to side-split­ting come­dies. Pre­pare to be cap­ti­vat­ed by per­for­mances that defy cat­e­go­riza­tion. As part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, Old Mar­ket Square will be trans­formed into a live­ly gath­er­ing place, fea­tur­ing bev­er­age pavil­ions, a vari­ety of food options, local arti­sans, free enter­tain­ment and Kids Fringe activ­i­ties. Get ready to immerse your­self in the wild­ness of the Fringe!

Tick­ets and pass­es are now on sale and are avail­able at win​nipegfringe​.com or in per­son at 174 Mar­ket Avenue. Tick­ets are $10-$14 and $6 in advance for chil­dren (12 and under) at the Kids Venue. Pro­grams are avail­able for only $10 at the Roy­al Man­i­to­ba The­atre Cen­tre, McNal­ly Robin­son Book­sellers and select Man­i­to­ba Liquor Marts. A Fringe pro­gram pro­vides a full list­ing of shows, venues and oth­er essen­tial infor­ma­tion to help nav­i­gate the festival.

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 you all about them — you can get their thoughts dai­ly here!

It’s a Fringe-For-All!

  • BUD­GET-FRIEND­LY FRING­ING: Get more for less! We offer $10 tick­ets at the door for Fringers 25 and under and com­pa­nies may offer addi­tion­al door dis­counts. There are also Pay-What-You-Can door tick­ets for every KidsV­enue per­for­mance. All dis­counts are list­ed with the show descriptions.
  • ACCES­SI­BIL­I­TY AT THE FRINGE: Fringe hopes to make the fes­ti­val more acces­si­ble with shows suit­able for Hard of Hearing/​Deaf, Eng­lish as a sec­ond lan­guage and low vision/​blind patrons. A list of all acces­si­ble shows is avail­able on page 81 in the Fringe pro­gram and on our website.

HIGH­LIGHTS OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

  • “$10 Tix” PERFORMANCES: Par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies are offer­ing $10 Tix. This spe­cial dis­count is avail­able in advance and at the door and is also high­light­ed in our program.
  • THE SOUND OF FRINGE: Local bands promise to enter­tain the crowd at Old Mar­ket Square all day includ­ing our fea­tured bands every evening. Check out a vari­ety of acts such as Botox Grampa, Big Broad­way Sin­ga­long pre­sent­ed by the Vil­lage Con­ser­va­to­ry, Doc­tor Rock­to­pus, Kim Reimer Band, Shay Wolf and The Pups, Sun­day­club, the Love Let­ters, The Mari­achi Ghost, The reme­dies, Those Guys and many more.
  • GRABBITE: Refu­el with local offer­ings like Cochrane Creek Farm, India Palace Restau­rant, KYU Grill, Lemon Heav­en, Mini O’s Mini Donuts, Miss Christine’s Kitchen, Nucci’s Gelati, The Chur­ro Stop, The Lit­tle Egg­plant and The Meltdown

GET INVOLVED

  • PATRON REVIEWs: Fringe is by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple, so share your reviews for oth­er Fringers to enjoy. Head over to win​nipegfrin​gere​views​.com to read reviews or write your own.
  • VOL­UN­TEER: Be part of the summer’s hottest fes­ti­val by vol­un­teer­ing! Roles include sell­ing tick­ets and ush­er­ing for shows, help­ing to keep drinks flow­ing at our bev­er­age pavil­ions, hav­ing fun with our young Fringers at Kids Fringe, answer­ing patron ques­tions and keep­ing our indoor and out­door spaces tidy. Appli­ca­tions are being accept­ed until July 15. For more infor­ma­tion and to apply, vis­it win​nipegfringe​.com or email  volunteers@​winnipegfringe.​com