The Halifax Fringe Festival is an annual performing arts festival. We’ve been presenting an accessible, unjuried, and uncensored festival for the past 29 years. The Fringe includes theatre, music, circus, dance, comedy, education, and more! The Halifax Fringe presents local, national, and international artists and ideas. We are accessible to the public with free and/or low-cost activities. The festival happens over 11 days in 10+ venues with 55+ productions performing over 350 individual performances with the support of 120+ volunteers. 100% of the box office is returned to the artists! We are a proud member of The Canadian Associations on Fringe Festivals, The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op, and Theatre Nova Scotia.
There are currently 32 members of The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, including 11 members in the United States. Canada now enjoys more fringe festivals than any other country in the world, and each festival is a leader in the development of theatre artists and audiences in its community.
As a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, Halifax Fringe follows the values that the association requires of its member festivals:
Participants will be selected on a non-juried basis, through a first-come, first-served process, a lottery, or other method approved by the Association. The audience must have the option to pay a ticket price, 100% of which goes directly to the artists. Fringe Festival producers have no control over the artistic content of each performance. The artistic freedom of the participants is unrestrained. Festivals must provide an easily accessible opportunity for all audiences and all artists to participate in Fringe Festivals.