Who's coming back in 2021? Good, us too.
It’s with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Winnipeg Fringe Festival (scheduled for July 15–26) due to COVID-19.
The health and safety of our artists, staff, volunteers and patrons is our top priority, and is the reason we cannot confidently move forward with the 2020 festival as planned. The health and community impacts of the virus continue to evolve rapidly and with no certainty as to when social distancing practices, physical isolation measures and restrictions on public gatherings will be lifted, artists are unable to rehearse; our performance venues are closed indefinitely; and staff cannot adequately plan for a full festival when the situation changes daily.
In this time of uncertainty, we will continue to look for ways to support our local community of artists. You will be hearing from us in the coming months as we gather our resources to provide services and programs to those who have been affected by the cancellation of the festival. In the meantime, we look forward to the 2021 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July 14–25) with passion and excitement.
We have not made this decision lightly, or without acknowledging the impact it will have on our artistic community – financially, emotionally and creatively. We extend heartfelt thanks to our funders, sponsors, staff, volunteers, artists and patrons for their ongoing commitment to the Fringe; we look forward to a time when we may meet again.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe. We hope to see you soon.
Fringe photo by Leif Norman