The Halifax Fringe Festival takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people. While this land acknowledgement is entirely symbolic in its nature, I ask you to reflect on the true action and movements happening on this land around us. Please take a moment to reflect on the space you occupy and how we work towards reparations.
It is a strange feeling to welcome everyone to a festival that simultaneously welcomes me in so many ways—welcoming me to the Halifax Fringe Festival as the new Executive Director but also welcoming me back with care and intent to theatre, and art, connection, and joy. Things that have often felt absent or distant over the last few years.
The magic of The Fringe Festival lies in its ability to bring everyone together. Through an unjuried process, artists can feel included and put art on stage in a way that is accessible for them. Through accessible ticket pricing, audiences can see more shows than they can even dream of. There is so much beauty in the ability to create and take in art in a way that works best for you. The Fringe Festival is a special place to experience intent, care, connection, and joy while taking in art and theatre. Take advantage of that. Experience as much as you are able while you share this space!
The Halifax Fringe Festival’s choice to remain with masked events this year shows care and community for all who want to access our shared spaces. Thank you for your continued care of our communities by enthusiastically embracing this policy.
While we continue through the festival and find moments of joy, care, intent, art and connection together, I encourage you to take that with you into the world. Share more moments like these with those around you. So please come say hi over these next couple of weeks. I would love to share one of these moments with you and take it into the world with me.
With overwhelming love and appreciation,
Incoming Executive Director