By Matthew Willis
VANCOUVER — Arguably the most exciting event of the theatre season, the Vancouver Fringe Festival brings innovative performances and adventurous productions to Granville Island and venues around the city from September 4-14. This year the festival is celebrating its 30th birthday with 89 local and international artists and over 700 performances of drama, comedy, improv, performance poetry, musicals, stand-up, puppets, site-specific theatre and, brand new this year, the Dramatic Performance Series. Unlike other Vancouver-based festivals, Fringe consists entirely of shows randomly selected by a lottery to ensure a completely democratic selection process.
The festival theme this year is “See It All.” Executive director David Jordan says, “As usual, we are encouraging everyone to jump into the Fringe and see some of the crazy array of theatre offered.” The true magic of the festival lies in the opportunity to see cutting-edge performances and brave artistic innovations, particularly the stellar solo productions and work by emerging theatre artists.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is as much a party as it is a theatre festival. Fringe-goers can dash across Granville Island and cram in several shows from the first matinee to a 11:00 p.m. late showing and in-between, nip into the Fringe Bar (also on Granville Island) for booze, food trucks, live music, DJs and mingling with the Fringe artists. The bar is, “a chance for the local music community to get in touch with the theatre community,” Communications director Debby Reis explains. “There’s a lot of cross over between both communities, the kind of go-getter and independently producing artists. Both people embrace going out and having a party.” The Vancouver Fringe Festival is for everyone who craves a vast scope of fun, a bustling atmosphere and the newest artistic explorations.
For complete show information, show times and ticket prices, links to buy tickets, information on events during the Fringe Festival, and more visit the Vancouver Fringe Festival online at www.vancouverfringe.com.BC, British Columbia, Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014