Fringe 101 Online Session

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Feb. 25, 2021 - 6:00 pm
Fringe 101 Online Session

New Vintage Theatre is pleased to announce that the planning is well underway for the fall Kelowna Fringe Festival 2021 and they are inviting interested community members to learn more in an online session held this week on Feb.25.

Formerly coordinated by ARTSCO, New Vintage Theatre, in consultation with over a dozen community arts and cultural leaders, took over the organization of the festival in November and are eager to build on to the success of 2019's popular event.  

Fringe 2021 will be held Sept.16-19, 2021 and will continue to be an edgy, exciting celebration of live performance. Kelowna's cultural district will be the central location with new locations at Creekside Theatre in Lake Country and wineries in West Kelowna, too, making it a more of regional celebration.

The event is un-juried so it is open to all kinds of theatrical offerings including: plays, cabaret, musical theatre, storytelling, improv, drag, burlesque, stand up and more.

“We know people are really enthusiastic to be part of something interactive and fun for our community, but may have questions about how they can get involved. We are holding an information session to share our plan and the specific details of our artists' lottery. From contests to name this year's festival, to how to be an artist, sponsor or volunteer, this info session will give all the cool details.”, says Artistic Director Bonnie Gratz.

New Vintage Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Rotary Centre for the Arts.  Hit hard by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, New Vintage Theatre is just one of the many arts organizations in the city who are struggling with reduced house sizes and ticket sales, but is buoyed by the popularity of their classes and the numbers of people who are engaged with their online programming. New Vintage hopes this inclusive, lively event will give a needed boost to the creative economy.

“We know that many in the Okanagan arts community are looking forward to the return of events like the Fringe to bring us together again. Should pandemic restrictions still be in place, we are ready with great alternatives in order to still make this a thrilling showcase of performance for the Okanagan."

Interested artists, volunteers, sponsors and community members can RSVP for next week's Fringe 101 online session at