What is Fringing?

Everyone is ‘Fringing’! *

*Fringing
/’frinj/

(verb) ‘to Fringe’
1) Enjoying a unique, evolving Edmonton experience.
2) Being swept up in an international artistic force to be reckoned with.
3) Taking an essential journey for every theatre lover.
4) Participating in a rite of passage for artists from around the world.

Our Story

We transform theatre.

Foster artists. Nurture audiences. Take chances. We help YOU find the artist inside.

How are we doing this?

By providing a unique, evolving experience known as fringing. And, fringing is for everyone. It crosses all divides. It is a starting point, a journey, and a celebration.

Why? Because there is magic in storytelling. That is why Fringe Theatre is always an adventure.

This is where art lives. This is where artists grow. This is where YOU belong.

Come to our house and fringe.

The History of Fringing

Since 1982, the Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival has been delighting, shocking, and surprising audiences. We were founded by Brian Paisley, who at the time was the Artistic Director of Chinook Theatre. Brian was inspired to develop North America’s first Fringe Festival after visiting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been defying the norm since 1947, when eight theatre companies were denied admittance to an international festival. The companies teamed up and performed their shows on the fringes of the festival, hence Fringe was born.  More than 200 Fringe Festivals take place each year across the globe. Of the 23 in North America, Edmonton’s Fringe Festival is the oldest and largest!

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