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The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival has enjoyed tremendous growth since it was founded as part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 1988 and currently ranks as the second-largest event of its kind in North America. Every year the Winnipeg Fringe Festival welcomes over 170 companies from all over the world to present exciting independent theatre to appreciative audiences.
Winnipeg Fringe is based on three key principles:
The festival is non-juried.
Artists have complete artistic freedom to present what they want on stage.
100% of box office revenue goes directly back to the performing companies.
Because we accept performing companies into the festival via a lottery process, artists are free to be experimental and have complete artistic control over their production.
Did you know?
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is the only regional theatre in the country to produce a Fringe Festival.
Fringe festivals have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years, beginning with the original festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In time, these artistic celebrations spread around the world. Over the past 28 years, the Fringe movement in Canada has grown and we now enjoy the presence of more 'Fringes' than any other country.