The downsized Edmonton Fringe Pageant 2021 will probably be native, distributed, and ticketed – Edmonton

The Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2021 will take place August 12-22, but it will look different than in previous years.

The hyper-local, digital live hybrid event will have fewer indoor venues, reduced capacity and other security measures.

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“Fringers can count on masking each other, keeping their distance, and helping each other safely return to live events,” said Art Director Murray Utas.

“Audience numbers will be limited to ensure everyone has plenty of extra freedom of movement. All venues are thoroughly disinfected before and after each performance.

“Access to ATB Park is timed and ticked to ensure we can deliver the full fringe experience and a spacious, safe event.”

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The theme for 2021 is Together We Fringe: A Fringe Theater Event.


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The popular Edmonton Festival starts online for its 39th year


The popular Edmonton Festival kicks off online for its 39th year – August 13, 2020

This year the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“Fringe will look and feel very different this year,” said Utas. “In fact, this year’s event will be more like the very first Fringe Theater event in 1982 than the festival we knew and loved in 2019.”

There were more than 250 indoor shows in 2019; this year there are 53.

“We won’t push the doors wide open,” Utas explained. “We’re not going to say, ‘We’re going 100 percent off,’ when we can. We want to keep this place.

“I think people are ready to get back together, but we want to respect their being apart for so long.”

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The fringe will have fences around the festival site and tickets will be required to enter.

“We do not in any way encourage gatherings or crowds; everything is provided with a ticket, ”said Utas.

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Masks must be worn for indoor shows and when in close contact with sellers or performers. There will be more outdoor options – including an outdoor stage in the park for live bands – as well as on-demand and livestream content streamed on Fringe TV.

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“We bring the community back together safely and carefully.

“There are tons of ways to join us this year, whether you’re ready to return to smaller live events or want to share the experience from the other side of your screen,” said Utas.

There are even some cast members who are just not ready to get back on stage, he said. The smaller size means fewer artists will be represented at this year’s event.

“There are so many who in a way will not stand a chance, which is kind of not great, but at the same time all the artists who were on board and all the artists who are waiting to come back next year are saying, ‘We get it and we do are with you and we respect that you do it that way. ‘”

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While the province lifted most of the public health restrictions on July 1, Utas said the Fringe wanted to strike a balance between safety and solemnity while respecting the various levels of comfort for all.

“This is an opportunity for us to reconnect artists and audiences and to be safe together after a long and isolating time.”

“Our industry has literally been shut down completely,” he added. “Artists worked online and figured out some digital things, but we’re not a movie, we’re not Netflix, we’re not that kind of thing to come back on a stage and connect with people.”

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Circus performer and hula hooper Amanda Syryda – who goes by the stage name “Amanda Panda” – is thrilled to be in front of a live audience again.

“It feels really great to be personal.

“I actually managed to land a few virtual gigs during the pandemic, which was nice because it kept my skills and motivation up, but being personal is really exciting.”

Bringing your performance onto the open air stage is “stimulating,” said Syryda. She even has some of that “novice nerve”.

“It’s the perfect way to make it easier to perform again. The audience is there, it’s already excited. I have a feeling that everyone will be really positive and energetic. “


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Cabaret-style Cuban dancers Leo Gonzales and Cecilia Ferrera were all ready to perform in the Fringe last year before the pandemic forced the cancellation. This year is a welcome return.

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“We’re so excited,” said Gonzales.

“This is a dream come true,” added Ferrera. “Suddenly the sky is open, the sun is shining and we are ready to perform for Edmonton.”

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Utas believes the 40 year milestone comes at an important time.

“For our city, for the Contract 6 area, what it means to the community, and now as we come back from this place we have been and honor our origins, I think there is a real response. I think it will appeal to people’s hearts. “

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