Tanya Nicole, Fringe 2020 [Socialeyes Photography]

Island Fringe Festival

Alternative indie theatre planned for mid-summer

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Celebrating independent and alternative theatre in downtown Charlottetown, the Island Fringe Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The unjuried, noncurated and open access Festival offers unconventional performances in unconventional locations. Participants are chosen through a fair lottery draw. What started as a three-day event with five companies performing has grown to a five-day event with ten companies performing. This year’s Island Fringe Festival will run from July 28 to August 1.

The 2021 Festival will have something for everyone with dance performances, one-acts, and a lot of shows in outdoor spaces.

“There will be some major changes this year,” explains Kimpinski. “In previous years, we’ve had a number of national and international performers along with local shows. This year we are focusing on Island-only performers—partially because we didn’t know what travel would be like come mid-July, but also because it is so fantastic to be able to highlight local talent in our 10th anniversary year—much like the original Island Fringe Festival.”

A big change this year is the implementation of a ticketing system, to eliminate cash-handling and keep numbers in check. In previous years, admission was pay-what-you-can by donation at the door and everyone would be allowed in to see a show.

Tickets will be available leading up to the Festival at islandfringe.com. Follow @islandfringe on social media or visit islandfringe.com for updates.

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