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WHAT IS THE FRINGE?


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The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is North America's second-largest Fringe. In 2014, the Winnipeg Fringe will host its 27th festival in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District from July 16-27.
 

WHAT WILL I SEE AT THE FRINGE?

The quick answer: almost anything. The longer answer: a fascinating mix of independent theatre. This year, the Fringe will host more than 170 companies from across Canada and around the world who will bring amazing plays to enthusiastic and adventurous audiences.
 


  • Indoor shows take place daily from noon to midnight in 30 venues around downtown.
  • We have something for everyone: comedy, drama, musicals, dance, improv...and so many more unique and original productions that don't fit into any category.
  • Tickets are ridiculously affordable: only $5 to $10!



DOES EVERYTHING TAKE PLACE INDOORS?

Definitely not. The Fringe takes over Old Market Square in the Exchange District during the festival. During the day, Kids Fringe offers live entertainment and hands-on activities for children and their families. And the Outdoor Stage buzzes with music, street performers and other incredible entertainment from noon to midnight every day. Fringing at Old Market Square also includes shopping, refreshments and people watching!


BUT HOW DO I GET STARTED?


First things first. Buy a program (available at the MTC Box Office, Liquor Marts, and McNally Robinson). Click HERE for a map to find the nearest location. Or check out the 178 shows online. Full descriptions of each show including the dates and times of each performance can be found HERE.

Once you have decided on a show that interests you, buying tickets is easy. If you're planning ahead, tickets can be purchased in advance up to four hours prior to showtime HERE or at the Royal MTC Box Office located at 174 Market Avenue. Tickets are also available with CASH ONLY at all performance venues and go on sale one hour before the first performance of the day or 15 minutes after the previous show begins. For a venue map, click HERE.

Once you've seen your first show, we guarantee you'll be hooked. So now you will want to immerse yourself in the festival. Local media outlets publish daily reviews which can be found HERE, but that's not the only way to find out what's been a hit with audiences. Starting up a conversation with other festival goers is a great way to find out what people are buzzing about. Many Fringers turn to social media to share their thoughts, and the official Winnipeg Fringe Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account are great hubs to join the conversation, share photos, participate in contests and hear what other patrons are recommending. Stay connected by following #WPGFRINGE.


I'M STILL UNSURE WHAT TO DO


There's always a friendly Fringe volunteer available to lend a hand. Visit one of our Information Centres to get help from knowledgeable volunteers who are always happy to answer your questions. Need information on the fly? Fringe volunteers are easily distinguishable and are located across Old Market Square and at performance venues. Flag one down, they're there to help! Alternatively, you can call the Fringe Hotline at 204-943-7464 for instant information.