The Ottawa Fringe Festival starts tomorrow, June 8! Running through June 18, the festival is celebrating the organization’s 20th anniversary with 361 performances of 57 shows in 12 venues centred around Arts Court, the University of Ottawa, and Downtown Rideau. The full schedule and line-up can be found at ottawafringe.com/schedule.
This year’s programming includes performances spanning 37 genres, including comedy, dance, magic, puppetry, music, Shakespeare, improv, clown, storytelling, and aerial theatre. It’s a mix of new work, classics, and remixed classics from Ottawa, across Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia, Argentina, England, and Japan.
You can explore a house on Besserer Street in the site-specific, immersive House Show; meet the Creator in God! The One-Man Show, a prequel to the Bible; take a musical journey through the 20th century with Movin’ Melvin Brown; or see the world through the eyes of a giant talking fish in Fish Saw. This is but a sample of what’s on stage.
In addition to performances, the festival will host a series of special events in honour of 20 years of Fringe in Ottawa, including the Fringe Museum (featuring artifacts spanning the festival’s history); the return of the Fringe’s printed newsletter, Off The Record, and a 1997 Party on June 10 (when the dancing will continue well past curfew).
This year, the Beer Tent is back outside. After two years without a home, there’s a partnership with the University of Ottawa to bring the Tent to Tabaret Lawn, just steps from Academic Hall, Studio Léonard-Beaulne, and a host of BYOVs.
And the popular Mini-Fringers program is back. The kids camp runs each Saturday of the festival, June 10 and 17. Kids can spend the afternoon learning a play and then perform for you before heading home. We also have shows the whole family can enjoy together. Find more info at ottawafringe.com/parents