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News (Edmonton): Edmonton Fringe Festival announces theme for 2014

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News (Edmonton): Edmonton Fringe Festival announces theme for 2014

2014-Fringe-logoThe 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is time tripping to the 70’s with ‘Fringed and Confused!’, August 14-24, 2014. Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) has donned their bell bottoms, pulled up their tube socks and wistfully gone back to the era of record stores and jump suits. Get swept up in what it means to be fringed and confused with a ‘throw back’ to our early years. 

“Anything can happen at the 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival!” says Murray Utas, Program Director for FTA. “The theme, ‘Fringed and Confused!’ is a bit of a “Throw Back Thursday” inspiration. Since arriving at FTA last year, I have spent a lot of time learning the grassroots history of the Festival; how themes came to be, and what is different now from then. Looking back, I thought what better time to do a ‘throw back’ to that grassroots spirit, which really started in the 70’s. The 70’s to me were about innocence…sunshine, happiness, community and gathering, just like the Fringe.” 

FTA wanted to build on that feeling and reached out to the community with a call for illustration to see what the theme ‘Fringed and Confused!’ meant to the public. Nine submissions were received from artists ranging from graphic designers, painters, to illustrators. After all the submissions were reviewed, Gerry Rasmussen’s artwork was chosen. A few tweaks and additions were made to Gerry’s artwork and the result is the official artwork for the ‘Fringed and Confused!’ theme. 

More Festival Information 

New to the Festival this year is the Fringe Fan Club; a club that brings our community of Fringe lovers together as they show their love and support for this great festival. FTA has so many fans who love the Fringe and now there is a way for those fans to show it! Sign up for the Fringe Fan Club and receive great benefits at a level that works for you! Are you the Ultimate Fringe Fan? Sign up today at

Did you know last year volunteers contributed 23,470 hours during the Festival? That’s a lot of Fringe spirit! The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival relies on the skills and expertise of over 1,200 committed and energetic volunteers before and during the Festival. With 13 different teams to choose from, we have something for everyone! Volunteers also receive great benefits such as your very own Festival t-shirt, program guide and invitations to special events. Volunteer Applications are being accepted now. For more information on visit

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is North America’s largest and longest-running Fringe Festival. The Edmonton Fringe doesn’t jury or censor artists’ work in any way and performances are selected through an unbiased lottery system. Participating artists receive 100 per cent of ticket revenue from their performances, and in turn, the Fringe relies on donations from Festival patrons, public funders and business sponsors to bring you the Festival you love. 

So gas up the old boogie van, dig out those platform shoes and truck on down to Old Strathcona and into one of 50 plus venues throughout Edmonton hosting over 1,600 live theatre performances. 

See you at the 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, ‘Fringed and Confused!’, August 14-24, 2014! Keep on Fringin’ Man!!! 

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