Edmonton Fringe announces Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event
July 8, 2021 (Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton Fringe, producers of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, is excited to announce Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event
August 12 – 22, 2021
A hyper-local, hybrid event featuring live and digital performances
Tickets on sale August 4 at 12 Noon
For more information, visit fringetheatre.ca
“We’ve reimagined the Fringe experience to deliver as safe an Event as possible,” said Artistic Director Murray Utas. “Fringe will look and feel very different this year. In fact, this year’s Event will more closely resemble the very first Fringe Theatre Event in 1982 than the Festival we knew and loved in 2019.”
While the province removed health restrictions as of July 1, Edmonton Fringe is choosing to maintain safety mitigations inside theatres, around outdoor venues, and wherever fringers gather.
“We want the return to fringing to be an enjoyable experience for everyone. We’re all in this together,” continued Utas. “Fringers can expect to mask up, keep their distance, and support one another in a safe return to live events. Audience sizes will be limited to ensure everyone has lots of extra elbow room. All venues will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each performance. Access to ATB Park will be timed and ticketed to ensure we’re able to deliver the full Fringe experience and a spacious, safe Event.”
This year’s hyper-local hybrid Event presents both live and digital programming, including ticketed live theatre performances for reduced capacity audiences; ticketed outdoor entertainment in ATB Park; on-demand and livestream content streamed on Fringe TV; and more.
“We are safely, mindfully bringing the community back together again. There are countless ways to fringe with us this year no matter whether you’re ready to return to smaller-scale live events or want to share in the experience from the other side of your screen,” said Utas. “This is an opportunity for us to connect artists and audiences again and be safely together after a long and isolating time.”
Thanks to the ongoing and generous support of key funders, Lead Partner and Sponsor ATB, and new support from the EPCOR Heart & Soul Fund, Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event will celebrate 11 days of theatre, events, and community in the heart of Old Strathcona.
“The Fringe is an important part of Edmonton’s summer, bringing people together in a shared appreciation of theatre, culture and community,” said Curtis Stange, president and CEO of ATB Financial. “We’re incredibly proud of our long-term partnership with Edmonton Fringe and thank the Fringe team for their commitment and creativity in bringing the event safely back to the city in 2021.”
“The past year and a half has presented numerous challenges. As a community, we lost access to many of the activities we take for granted – the very things that connect us, create vibrancy, and spark excitement and joy,” said Jennifer Addison, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, EPCOR. “Ensuring Edmontonians have opportunities to re-engage in the cultural life of their communities becomes ever-more important. Congratulations to the many artists, volunteers, and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to find new ways to bring back our favourite Edmonton Fringe traditions. EPCOR is proud to support you in your efforts.”