12 days of Fringe Festival Theatre in Winnipeg
The Fringe Festival is one of the best-loved events that takes place every year in downtown Winnipeg – and when you consider the sheer number and variety of festivals, concerts and events that occur in the heart of Winnipeg, that’s saying quite a bit!
From Wednesday July 18 to Sunday July 29, this year’s Fringe Fest will include an amazing 172 plays in 31 venues. The majority of these venues are in the Exchange District and within easy walking distance from one another.
Some of the plays and performers have been returning to the annual Fringe Festival year after year, and others are brand new. You can see a show at just about any time in the afternoon and evening throughout the festival for only $5 to $10 each. Discounts are often available for students (or, for The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, anyone named “Ernest” will receive a discount). Genres for each play vary wildly from improve to comedy to drama to one-man shows to the just plain quirky. You are bound to find something to please everyone at the Fringe!
The Fringe Festival isn’t just for adults, either. There is a separate “Kids Fringe” with a variety of fun games and activities, including face painting, carnival games, puppet shows and, of course, theatre performances.
Enjoying Downtown Winnipeg During the Fringe Festival
Between theatre shows, spend some time at Old Market Square in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. There you can watch free outdoor performances, including concerts, acrobatic feats and entertainment for kids. Food trucks, a beer tent, and a number of display booths (at which you can purchase clothes, books and more) are also clustered around Old Market Square for you to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the Fringe performers, as many of them will be in the area, handing out brochures for their theatre shows.
While you’re in the area, why not try a unique dining experience? From a wine lounge at Sensi to sushi at Blufish, pub fare at the King’s Head and vegan options at the Mondragon, there’s a little something in the area for everyone. Wander over to any of the wonderful restaurants, cafes and pubs in downtown Winnipeg before or after a Fringe play. Remember to take your Fringe program (only $5, available to purchase at Old Market Square) to choose which play you’ll attend next while you dine!
Visit www.winnipegfringe.com for more information about the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.
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Proud Animal From left, members of Proud Animal Barbara Adler, Aaron Klassen and Gavin Yongash perform a tune from their Winnipeg Fringe Festival show Leave The Radio on Mon., July 16, 2012, outside the Gas Station …