April 27, 2017. Montréal – Straight off the heels of hosting the Fringe World Congress, MainLine Theatre’s St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce its participation in the international Fringe Movement’s 70th Anniversary celebrations! Led by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the first ever World Fringe Day will be taking place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
According to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society, more than 200 fringes from across the world will join together on World Fringe Day to reflect on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement. Fringe participants and audiences are invited to take part on the day, by sharing their love for all things fringe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s first fringe. Over the last 70 years, the spark which was ignited in Edinburgh in 1947 has circled the globe and the fringe model has been emulated from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in between.
With the 27th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival fast approaching, MainLine Theatre’s Executive and Artistic Director is particularly excited about the announcement. “It’s time for the world’s Fringe fans to unite”, says Amy Blackmore. “The impact of the international Fringe movement is immeasurable as it continues to drive the most exciting arts and culture wave worldwide.”
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:
“We can’t wait to join with our sister fringes in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together. We hope as many people as possible will join us as we celebrate 70 years of fringe and pay homage to Scotland as the birthplace of the fringe movement.”
Holly Lombardo, Managing Director of World Fringe added:
“World Fringe Day will bring focus to the hard work and passion that people put into making fringes all over the world. Fringes are known for innovation, igniting creative genius and supplying the creative food chain with the stars of the future. World Fringe Day is a chance to celebrate the opportunities these festivals represent and to tell the world that they can join in too.”
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was established in 1958, eleven years after the birth of the Fringe in 1947, when the first performers turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe is an open access festival – any artist or company can take part regardless of their experience or success and the festival is not programmed or run by an artistic director or any selection body. As a registered charity, the Fringe Society exists to support all participants, industry professionals, media and audience members who attend the Fringe from all around the world, and to produce accurate and up-to-date information and ticketing for audiences, and to raise the profile of the festival as a whole. www.edfringe.com
The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
The 27th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival will take place between May 29 and June 18, 2017. Take your pick from over 800 performances by more than 500 artists in over 20 intimate venues this June. Celebrate local, national and international artists converging in the Plateau Mont-Royal for a multidisciplinary, French and English festival of theatre, music, dance, visual arts and more! It is Montreal’s biggest bilingual arts party with its three jam-packed programs: FRINGE After Dark, FRINGE A-Z and FRINGE Park. www.montrealfringe.ca
World Fringe Day Quick Facts & Social
Inaugural World Fringe Day: Tuesday, 11 July 2017.
Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube – @worldfringeday
Get involved: #WorldFringeDay #Fringe70