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Together we Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event celebrates 40 years of fringing as we look forward to 40 more.  
 
Fringe will look and feel very different this year. In fact, this year’s Event will more closely resembled the very first Fringe Theatre Event in 1982 than the Festival we knew and loved in 2019. 
 
This year’s hyper-local hybrid Event has been reimagined to deliver as safe an Event as possible and 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. 

Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event takes place August 12 – 22, 2021 in the heart of Old Strathcona and online on FringeTV 

Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theatre Event takes places in the heart of Old Strathcona in Edmonton, AB, CanadaEvent headquarters can be found ATB Financial Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue) and ATB (McIntyre) Park.

Yes! We want the return to fringing to be an enjoyable experience for everyone. We’re all in this together. While the province removed restrictions as of July 1, we are choosing to maintain safety mitigations inside theatres, around outdoor venues, and wherever fringers gather. These measures ensure even our most vulnerable community members can fringe with us. Fringers can expect to mask up inside theatres and at busy pinch points on site, keep their distance, and support one another in a safe return to live events. To learn more, please refer to our Fringe Safe information 

  1. In addition to our Fringe Safe program, here’s what else we’re doing to keep you as safe as possible: 
  • Safety mitigations to keep Fringe safe for everyone: We’re all in this together, fringer. In addition to supporting fringers through our Fringe Safe program, you better believe our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks, maintaining their distance, and keeping things sparkling clean and sanitized. 
  • Sanitizing between Events: whether indoors or out, we’ll thoroughly mist, sanitize, wipe down, and disinfect all spaces and high touch areas – including washrooms and porta potties – between events all day, every day.  
  • Limited crowds: whether inside a theatre venue or outdoors in ATB Park, Fringe will be small and hyper-local this year. Tickets will be limited for this reason, so don’t sleep on grabbing yours! 
  • More support: we’ve upped our staff and volunteer presence to help make your Fringe experience awesome. Have a question? Our Community Care Crew will happily help you out.   
  • Maintaining a strict health policy: staff and volunteers will undergo a daily health check at the beginning of their shift each day of the Event. Staff who are sick or presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be unallowed to come to site.
     

We’ve reimagined Fringe to deliver as safe an Event as possible. Things will look and feel very different this year. Here’s what you can expect:  

  • Safety mitigations to keep Fringe safe for everyone: we’re all in this together! All fringers must wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and support each other. Read more here.  
  • Fewer venues, fewer shows, smaller audiences: we have a total of 8 indoor theatre venues presenting 50+ shows over the 11 days of the Event. Audience sizes are limited to ensure everyone has lots of extra elbow room. All venues will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each performance. Fringers must always wear a mask while inside a venue. Read more about Fringe safety mitigations.  
  • Timed & ticketed outdoor venue access: inside ATB Park, you’ll discover the full Fringe experience. Outdoor performances, tasty Fringe treats, ice cold Big Rock beer, a comfy spot to kick back, and even constantly changing Alberta weather to keep you guessing. This year, you will require a ticket to access ATB Park; all ATB Park tickets are Pay What You Will. This will help us provide you with a spacious, safe Event experience; keep crowds small; and maintain contact information for tracing purposes should we need it. Fringers are encouraged to wear a mask at busy pinch points around the outdoor site (like when ordering a beer or purchasing merchandise from our awesome volunteers), but otherwise masks are not required outdoors. Read more about Fringe safety mitigations.  
  • Vanta Group Youth Stage: we love the next generation of fringers, so we’ve created something special just for them! Our Vanta Group Youth Stage located at Lighthorse Park offers ticketed outdoor performances for families with plenty of spacious seating and greenspace to explore for busy littles.    
  • Big Rock Beer Tents, but now with 100% more contact tracing: you can down a cold one in our Big Rock Beer Tent or ATB Community Patio under the waning summer sun, but you will need to provide your contact information on entering for tracing purposes should we need it. Capacity in our Beer Tents will be kept low to provide folks lots of room to get in one of Edmonton’s most essential summer traditions.   
  • Digital Entertainment: not ready to make a comeback just yet? Rather fringe from the comfort of your own home? We get it. Fringe TV is jam-packed with on-demand and livestream entertainment options so you can safely Fringe from your side of the screen wherever you comfortably find yourself in the world.  
     

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 4 at 12Noon. Tickets may be purchased Online, over the phone, or in person at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office (10330 84 Avenue). If possible, we strongly encourage fringers to please purchase tickets online or over the phone. 

Sorry, fringerThere are no passes this year. With fewer venues, fewer shows, and smaller audiences we unfortunately can’t provide passes. But don’t worry. This is a temporary measure in an extraordinary year. We’ll reintroduce passes next year.  

This year, you can expect fewer venues, fewer shows, and smaller audiences. We have a total of 11 indoor theatre venues presenting 50+ shows over the 11 days of the Event. Audience sizes are limited to ensure everyone has lots of extra elbow room. All venues will be thoroughly sanitized before and after each performance. Fringers must always wear a mask while inside a venue 
 
Tickets for theatre performances go on sale on Wednesday, August 4 at 12Noon. Tickets are up to $13 before service fees and GST.  

 Yes, all ATB Park tickets are Pay What You Will. This year, ATB Park is an Outdoor Venue. You will need a ticket to enter. In a normal year, after seeing jaw-dropping antics of outdoor performers, you’d drop money in their hat. This year, we’re taking care of filling the outdoor artists hats so you can kick back and enjoy the show. When you pay for a ticket to ATB Park, your ticket cost goes directly to supporting the artists. 

 
Inside ATB Park, you’ll discover the full Fringe experience. Outdoor performances, tasty Fringe treats, ice cold Big Rock beer, a comfy spot to kick back, and even constantly changing Alberta weather to keep you guessing. Masks are encouraged at busy pinch points around the site (like ordering a beer or purchasing merchandise from our awesome staff and volunteers), but otherwise masks are not mandatory outdoors.

No! Our main Fringe site is open for all without a ticket or timed entry. These areas of the site include the Big Rock Beer Tent, ATB Community Patio, Artisan Pavilion, and the Fringe Grounds Cafe. We also have other free activities including an Instagram-able FR!NGE sign and an audio walking tour of historic Fringe locations and stories through the Story City app. These are free to access without a ticket.

Want to enjoy some awesome outdoor shows? ATB Park is an Outdoor Venue and will require a ticket to enter; all ATB Park tickets are Pay What You Will. Once inside, you’ll discover the full Fringe experience! And don’t worry – we’ve taken care of filling the outdoor artists’ hats so you can kick back and enjoy the show!

 

No! If you are seeing an indoor theatre show, you only require a ticket to the indoor theatre show.

ATB Park is an Outdoor Venue, so if you would like to catch the outdoor performances, you will need a ticket to enter; all ATB Park tickets are Pay What You Will. In a normal year, after seeing jaw-dropping antics of outdoor performers, you’d drop money in their hat. This year, we’re taking care of filling the outdoor artists hats so you can kick back and enjoy the show. When you pay for a ticket to ATB Park, your ticket cost goes directly to supporting the artists. 

While your waiting to see another show or spending some time on site, you can access more Fringe fun like our ATB Community Patio, Big Rock Beer Tent, Artisan Pavilion, Fringe Grounds Cafe, our Instagram-able FR!NGE sign, and an audio walking tour of historic Fringe locations and stories through the Story City app.

Sorry, fringer. Putting together our slick, glossy (and mighty hefty!) print program takes significant time, resources, and planning. Between planning an event amidst evolving health restrictions and wanting to give our artists as much time as possible to safely return to live events, we were unable to print a program this year. Stay tuned – you’ll find everything you need on our website. And don’t worry. This is a temporary measure in an extraordinary year.  

We love the next generation of fringers, so we’ve created something special just for them! Our Vanta Group Youth Stage offers ticketed outdoor performances for families with plenty of spacious seating and greenspace to explore for busy littles. The Vanta Group Youth Stage is located at Nordic Light Horse Park (10324 85 Ave). The Vanta Group Youth Stage is inside a tent. 

The Edmonton Public Library has also set up family activities, including craft packs, colouring sheets, and window decorating in the Children’s area of the Edmonton Public Library – Strathcona (8331 104 St NW).

You can down a cold one in our Big Rock Beer Tent or ATB Community Patio under the waning summer sun, but you will need to provide your contact information on entering for tracing purposes should we need it. Capacity in our Beer Tents will be kept low to provide folks lots of room to get in one of Edmonton’s most essential summer traditions.    

You bet your last mini donut there is! The ATB Golden Ticket contest is BACK! The contest opens August 4, 2021 on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Stay tuned! The more you play along, the better your changes of winning the ultimate Fringe experience.

Sorry, fringer! The Old Strathcona/French Quarter Shuttle service is on pause this year because of COVID-19 impacts. This is a temporary change in service – we hope to bring the Shuttle back next year! Thanks for your understanding.

Not ready to make a comeback just yet? Rather fringe from the comfort of your own home? We get it. From August 12 – 22, Fringe TV will be jam-packed with on-demand and livestream entertainment options so you can safely Fringe from your side of the screen wherever you comfortably find yourself in the world. 

We can’t do what we do without the help our talented Volunteers! To learn more about how you can support Fringe by volunteers, please visit: https://www.fringetheatre.ca/get-involved/volunteer/ 

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