Atlantic Fringe Festival
The Atlantic Fringe Festival is held annually in late August / early September in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Since 1991, the festival has been a showcase for non-mainstream theatre. A wide variety of original plays, shows, and presentations are performed.
Atlantic Fringe Festival Society was incorporated in 1990 and the first Atlantic Fringe Festival took place in 1991. Ken Pinto ran the festival from its inception for twenty years. After an open letter of complaint by performer Michaela Dyke, Pinto stepped down amidst controversy about the future of the festival after the 20th edition of the festival in 2010. A new Board of Directors assumed responsibility for the 21st edition of the festival in 2011. Thom Fitzgerald assumed the position of Festival Director.
In 2011 the #1 Atlantic Fringe Hit was "Rainer Hirsch's Victor Borge".
In 2012 the #1 Atlantic Fringe Hit was "Confessions of a Mormon Boy" by Steven Fales
Performances take place at different venues in downtown Halifax and change year to year. Atlantic Fringe Festival more than doubled its audience between 2010 and 2012, with 9,393 individual tickets issued for the 22nd edition.
Shows and attractions
The 2008 festival featured over 250 performances of more than 40 different shows, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and dance. The 2012 festival featured over 300 performances of more than 50 different shows, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and dance.
Tickets for each performance are sold individually. Price per ticket ranges from $1-$10 Canadian (2012).
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