What is Kelowna Fringe Festival?
You may have heard of Edmonton Fringe or Edinburgh Fringe, those diverse and memorable theatre festivals that have cities buzzing for weeks. This year, Kelowna has our own version!
Kelowna's 2021 Fringe Festival will once again take place in the heart of the city’s Cultural District but will also include exciting off site locations as well. The event is being produced by New Vintage Theatre Company, based in Rotary Centre for the Arts.
At its core, Fringe is a unique showcase of drama, comedy, musical theatre, clown, dance, multi-media works and more. Part of the excitement of this festival is to expect the unexpected.
There are several commitments that set Fringe Festivals apart. For example, there’s no curation (artists are selected by lottery), there are no parameters or censorship on content, and there’s a dedication to accessibility for all (fees and ticket prices are kept low with a 100% of the ticket price going to the artists).
The 2021 Kelowna Fringe Festival is taking place from September 15-19, 2021 in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna. There will be multiple performances from at least 12 companies (3 of which are Okanagan-based; 3 spots for local acts).
Bonnie Gratz, New Vintage Theatre's Artistic Director, believes Kelowna's Fringe will once again be a big hit.
“We’re extremely excited to be the new production company behind Kelowna Fringe Festival. This event is a performance opportunity for local and it brings artists from across the country and the world together for an event like no other."
Those who have been in the Okanagan since the 90s may recall that there was a short-lived Fringe Festival in Kelowna at the end of the last century. However, the new Kelowna Fringe is not affiliated with any previous festivals that have been attempted. 2019 was the inaugural year for the event festival, coordinated by ARTSCO, since then New Vintage Theatre has proudly taken over the organization of this event. Please join us from September 15-19, 2021.