The Hamilton Fringe Festival kicks off next month and this year will expand its programming to reach children and families.
The Family Fringe features three family-friendly shows: The Butler: A Superhero Detective Story, Dungee the Dragon & the Just-Okay Juggler, and TiBert in Hamilton, with daytime performances in the Studio at Theatre Aquarius from July 18th to 28th.
Returning this year is the Fringe Club in Gore Park, offering FREE events throughout the festival and featuring a brand new Kids Club. Open 12-3pm Thursdays to Sundays, the Kids Club will be home to ongoing crafts and activities, as well as interactive programming for kids including kid-centred yoga with GOODBODYFEEL, a music workshop with Mr Ben (Ben Bowen), martial arts drop-in, and Drag Queen Storytime with Fay and Fluffy. The Public Library will be on site on Thursdays from 1-3pm, as well as on the first Saturday for our Family Fun Day, which will feature face painting, an aerial act, buskers, and bouncy castle.
Now in its 16th season, the Hamilton Fringe Festival is a 12-day, unjuried annual theatre festival that takes place each July in Hamilton. Presenting live theatre in an informal and inexpensive environment, the Fringe works to challenge traditional boundaries around creating and accessing arts and culture in Hamilton.
This is will be the biggest year in Hamilton Fringe history, with 58 companies performing at the festival. The Festival will showcase many local Hamilton and surrounding area companies as well as artists from St. Catharines, Ottawa, North Bay, Calgary, Winnipeg, Baltimore MD, Los Angeles CA, Orlando FL, and Auckland, New Zealand.
New venues this year include The Westdale, The Cotton Factory, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, New Vision United Church, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, and the Tourism Hamilton Visitor Centre.
The official Festival Kick-Off will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday July 17th at the Lincoln Alexander Centre (160 King St. E). Each participating company takes the stage for 90 seconds to offer previews of their shows – fast-paced and often hilarious, you don’t want to miss it. The After-Party follows at 9:30 p.m. at the Fringe Club in Gore Park, outside Redchurch Cafe + Gallery, 68 King St. E.
TICKET PRICES (public sales) are #12 for regular shows and $9 for Mini-Series. Family Friendly shows are $5 for kids 12 and under, select shows only. A Backer Button, which is required for every show, is a $5 one-time purchase for each adult patron.
Passes available for regular shows, Family Fringe, and the Mini-Series – more bang for your buck! All ticketing and pass details available at www.hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets.