UNIQUE FRINGE PRINCIPLES
- No artistic direction. Artists are chosen by lottery or first-apply, first-accepted.
- No censorship. Artists are uncensored and 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.
Montreal’s biggest bilingual indie arts party is jam-packed with three programs:
- FRINGE After Dark ()
- FRINGE A-Z ()
- FRINGE Park ()
New this year: To deepen the connection with community, Montreal Fringe launched the FRINGE MENU with favourite neighbourhood businesses. Lots of restaurants are in on this Fringe binge.
The 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 founded on McGill Campus by Kris Kieren and Nick Morra. Over the years, the festival has grown to become an essential cultural variety pack kicking off Montreal’s famed summer festival season.