Ottawa Fringe Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Ottawa Fringe Theatre and Arts Festival
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 100
Ottawa Ontario
K1N 6E2 Canada
Phone: (01) 613-232-6162

Festival Description

A Fringe Festival is a forum that unites artists and audiences in a fun, exploratory environment. The guiding principles of the Fringe include unrestricted artistic expression, accessibility and community development. The Fringe encourages artists to explore and test boundaries and make bold choices in the creation of art. The Canadian Fringe Festival model is unique in two respects: it guarantees that the artists, performers and musicians involved receive 100% of ticket revenue and it does not subject the artists’ work to jury approval or censor it in any way. Theatre companies are selected by non-judicial means and work within the technical guidelines of the Fringe Festival to produce their own art. Festival patrons enjoy physically and financially accessible arts experiences and the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with artist and fellow Fringe patrons.

Founded in 1997, the Ottawa Fringe Festival has enjoyed consistent growth over the years and now includes 15 venues in the heart of the National Capital. The Steam Whistle-Wellington Fringe Club—the licensed outdoor venue on the corner of Daly and Waller—serves as the heart of the Mighty Fringe and features nightly musical guests. It’s the best place to meet performers, catch the buzz on hot Fringe shows and see previews for other performances.

Festival Dates June 19 - 29, 2014
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Applications 2014:
  • 2014 Ottawa Fringe applications are now open. Submit your name to the lottery before the 5:00pm, November 28, 2013 deadline. Promise you’ll read diligently these guidelines before applying online.
    • The Ottawa Fringe is neither curated nor censored
    • Artists are awarded space in official venues by a lottery
    • Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) applications will be available in the new year
    • 100% of ticket sales go directly to the performing artists
    • In 2013, more than $90,000 was paid to artists (over $1 million since 1997) Save the date: the lottery will take place December 3 at Arts Court


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