Fringeopolis, the 2011 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of some of the world’s biggest festivals? How does it all come together and how do you get a community on board?

All year round, Edmonton’s festivals celebrate a variety of artistic disciplines including music, visual arts, dance, performing arts, sports and film and create endless possibilities, shows and performances for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. This wide variety includes the internationally renowned Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festivals.

Fringeopolis, the 2011 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, takes the city’s centre stage from August 11 to 21 in Old Strathcona and beyond. Including more than 200 acts on indoor and outdoor stages, this international event is the first and largest theatre event of its kind in North America.

In the following video we look at how Edmonton has become one of the world’s most creative cities thanks to its all year round festivals and we speak to Shelley Switzer the Artistic Producer of one of the most popular events on the calendar – the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival.

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