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July 11, 2021 – For immediate release Kjipuktuk/Halifax 

In honour of today, World Fringe Day, we’d love to answer something we’ve heard a lot lately – What’s happening with The Halifax Fringe this year? It’s been good to see how well Nova Scotia is doing and feel an easing of restrictions. What a relief! The last 16+ months have made it obvious how difficult it is to plan for anything. “In 2019, our festival was cut short by Hurricane Dorian. In 2020, we celebrated our 30th anniversary and went primarily online,” notes Executive Director Lee-Anne Poole, “We’re proud of what we were able to pull off last year. Our 30th birthday unfortunately coincided with a global pandemic!” Now, in 2021, we are cautiously getting ready to dip our toes in the waters of in-person events, “I’m looking forward to getting our artists and audiences back together again!” 

Today, we’re launching our 2021 application with hope for what we’ll be able to bring you this fall! It still won’t be the same, but we feel optimistic that we’ll be back together celebrating performances on the Fringe! It’s too early to know what Public Health Guidelines for September 2021 will be, and we’ll be consistently shifting plans in accordance (fingers crossed for Phase 5!). Currently, we’re planning on hosting smaller audiences in larger spaces to effectively social distance, we’re focusing on outdoor venues, and we’re featuring all local content. We’re thrilled that Neptune Theatre will be hosting us again in their Scotiabank Stage. “Having the Fringe back in the building is a vital part of Neptune’s reopening plan,” says Neptune’s Artistic Director & Fringe Board Member, Jeremy Webb. “What better way to feel creatively stimulated than to have a whole bunch of innovative performance art on our stage during the Festival. I am so happy to continue Neptune’s partnership with the Halifax Fringe and I’m thrilled to welcome their audiences back safely in September.”

The Call for Submissions is now open, and we are accepting applications until July 25th, 2021. That’s a quick turnaround, but hey, it’s Fringe! Got a story you’ve been burning to tell? How about a script ready for public reading? The Halifax Fringe is non-juried and holds a lottery to program the festival by selecting shows at random in a draw. We do not evaluate applicants’ artistic merit or the work’s viability – everyone has the same chance of earning a place in our festival. 

We recognize that this past year has been particularly hard on arts workers. Therefore, board Chair April Hubbard announces that we’re waiving application fees for 2021, “Now more than ever, we are craving the magic that exists when we gather as a Fringe community! By waiving our 2021 application fee, we hope more artists will join us in leaping into the unknown world of creative possibilities.’ 

Key Dates: 

July 25th – application close 

September 2nd to 12th – festival dates

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