25th Anniversary Edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival!

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MainLine Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up of this year’s St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, coming June 1-21. Celebrate 25 years of local, national, and international artists converging in the Plateau-Mont-Royal to present theatre, music, dance, and visual arts.

Discover the biggest bilingual art party Montreal has on offer through three jam-packed programs: FRINGE After Dark (June 1-21), FRINGE A-Z (June 2-21) and FRINGE Park (June 12-22). For full information on Music at the FRINGE and Dance at the FRINGE consult the index section of the same name in our Press Kit. Long-time and first-time Fringers alike are invited to bring their children to share in the excitement at the MiniFRINGE.

The very first Fringe Festival was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, established in 1947 by a group of eight theatre companies prevented from participating in that year’s Edinburgh Festival. This inspired the creation of Canada’s first Fringe Festival, the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 1982. A decade later in 1991, the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival was established by Kris Kieren and Nick Morra on McGill Campus. Over the years, the festival has grown to become an essential cultural variety pack kicking off Montreal’s famed summer festival season.

“Our recipe for success twenty-five years later is our unwavering devotion to four driving principles,” says Executive & Artistic Director, Amy Blackmore. “We are fully committed to diversity, community and artistic freedom. It’s the kind of festival where ANYONE can do ANYTHING. An experimental playground for artists.”

●    No artistic direction. Artists are chosen by lottery or first-apply first-accepted.
●    No censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present anything.
●    Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery.
●    Accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are capped at $10 and 100% of that ticket price is returned 
to the artists you see on stage.

These principles make the FRINGE a festival unlike any other. Around every corner a surprise lays waiting, at any moment magic may happen. “We create space for artists and audiences to meet and play,” says General Manager Geoff Agombar. “At the FRINGE, the audience is the artistic director.”

Follow the buzz to uncover this year’s hits. Share your comments and reviews online at www.montrealfringe.ca or by using the hashtag #fringebuzz.