Winnipeg Fringe Festival organizers say this year’s event will be the largest one ever staged.
Chuck McEwen, executive producer of Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2012, announced last week a slate of 170-plus shows as part of this year’s festival, which will run from July 18 to 29.
McEwen said it makes sense for the Fringe to celebrate its 25th anniversary on such a grand scale.
"Winnipeggers have continued to support thousands of artists who have graced our stages and have helped make the Winnipeg Fringe one of the largest events of its kind in North America," he said.
Larry Desrochers, general director and CEO of the Manitoba Opera, served as the executive producer of the inaugural Winnipeg Fringe Fest in 1988 and said it has been the efforts of artists, staff and volunteers that have brought the event to life.
"It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship the Fringe would have with Winnipeg," he said.
Fringe officials held a kick-off event on July 11 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre which drew a handful of Fringe performers.
Performer Iris Dyck said she was excited to be involved in her second Fringe Fest.
River Heights actor Miranda Baran, who will be featured in Knavish Hedgehog’s production of The Tempest at the Kids Fringe, is looking forward to hitting the Fringe stage for the first time.
"It should be exciting," she said.
For more information visit www.winnipegfringe.com.