Arts & Entertainment
Ottawa Fringe Festival
Ottawa Fringe produces the Ottawa Fringe Festival every June in Ottawa. The festival was inaugurated in 1997. The festival takes place for ten days and performances are held indoors and out. They also produce another festival in February, undercurrents: theatre under the mainstream and manage a full-service theatrical venue with several ancillary spaces at Arts Court.
Websitehttp://ottawafringe.com/ Ottawa Fringe Festival2 Daly Avenue,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2 Get Directions
With the Ottawa Fringe Festival right around the corner, June 13-23, there seems no better time to throw the spotlight on the fantastic organization and people behind our city’s LARGEST theatre festival, right here in the heart of Downtown Rideau.
The Ottawa Fringe started in 1997 modelled on the original Edinburgh Festival Fringe and part of a movement introducing uncurated performing arts festivals to offer open access and inclusivity to both artists and patrons alike. Today the organization also produces undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream and manages a full-service theatrical venue with several ancillary spaces at Arts Court.
According to Kevin Waghorn, Managing Director, one of his best experiences and the true mission of Fringe “ … is when a woman, who had spent several years in Afghanistan, chose our Festival to tell her story of using the power of theatre and improv to help cope with her PTSD. This was a person who previously had no theatre background but was able to use our open access forum to produce her show.” It is courage and bravery such as hers and all Fringe artists that inspire Kevin and his dedicated team of staff and over 200 volunteers (some for nearly 20 years!).
Fringe offers A LOT of affordable theatre in its 11 day run, featuring 300 performances of 54 different shows all under $15, ranging from storytelling, satire and circus to musicals, magic and much more! Something for everyone and time in between for some social fun at their Fringe Club in the revitalized SAW Courtyard, with free programming on the Downtown Rideau stage.
www.ottawafringe.com | Ottawa’s Largest Theatre Festival