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It isn’t mainstream theatre, and that’s the idea behind fringe festivals

August 9th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media

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The 4th annual Nanaimo Fringe Festival will run August 14th – 24th, 2014 and 8 companies will perform for live audiences that might love, hate, be transfixed or even startled…it’s perfect for developing, emerging and experimenting artists

picture 568Nanaimo’s annual Fringe Festival is about to begin, and it offers 48 plays in 8 days—plus free shows every night. The plays are selected by lottery, including 4 local companies as well as some national and international touring artists, as part of the thriving Canadian Fringe circuit that brings a wave of innovative artists west each summer. Your price of admission goes straight to the artists.

The festival program is the ultimate guide to all the great stuff happening around Nanaimo Aug 13-24. You can find a copy at various shops, including Fascinating Rhythm (51 Commercial St) and Blenz Coffee Shop (Woodgrove Mall). The venues are located in downtown Nanaimo—at Nanaimo Museum and Harbour City Theatre.

The Vault Cafe will be the place for artists and audiences to meet after the show. Join everyone there for free entertainment and to swap reviews of the plays every night of the fest til midnight. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and descriptions of this year’s plays can be found online here.


We speak with Chelsee Damen, the producer of Nanaimo’s Fringe Fest.

pfr banner working2014 nanaimo fringe fest – chelsee damen
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Image (top): Edinburgh, Scotland – August 14th 2012. Two young actors dressed in silver and gold at Fringe Festival in Edinburgh
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