Fringe festival coming in June

The Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival will add colour, adventure and alternative theatre to the arts district on Argyle Street

On June 21, 22, 23, the Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival will add colour, adventure and alternative theatre to the arts district on Argyle Street.

A Fringe theatre festival is theatre that is not of the mainstream. Fringe festivals provide a venue for alternative theatre. Art Matters Society, producers of the first ever Port Alberni Fringe produce live, unjuried theatre and produced a Fringe Festival in the Fraser Valley for 14 years.

Traditionally, there are several shows going on at the same time in different venues. People can pay a small fee for each show—between $4 and $10—or buy a Fringe Pass for $80-$100 and see several shows over the two- or three-day festival, organizer Gwynne Hunt says.

“You never know what you are going to get attending a fringe show; it can be rough and unpolished or it can be spectacular.”

The main stage this year is the Capitol Theatre on Argyle Street, with Char’s Landing serving as a boutique venue. The lineup already boasts 28 performances, Hunt said.

A volunteer Fringe Festival meeting is planned for Saturday, June 1 from 1–2 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Come armed with questions and enthusiasm. Please call Hunt at 250-723-3331 for more information or to volunteer.