26th Fringe Festival Sets Attendance Records

26th Fringe Festival Sets Attendance Records

Tiffany Ponce
Local singer-songwriter Tiffany Ponce performs at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
The Circus Firemen - Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
The Circus Firemen perform at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival in Old Market Square. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Attendance at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival held strong as the shows wrapped up Sunday night to close the books until next summer.

Organizers say ticketed attendance hit a record, bringing in 101,488 people — up from 100,621 last year.

“The fact that we were able to not only maintain, but surpass the record we set at last year’s 25th anniversary Fringe shows that Manitobans have a real passion for the festival,” executive producer Chuck McEwen said.

“There’s a real appetite for independent theatre in our community that seems to grow every year, and that’s really encouraging for the future of the Fringe.”

Daily attendance records were broken on seven out of 12 days with over 10,000 tickets on both Saturdays. There was a record 187 sellouts, and a record $705,553.75 in box office revenue was returned to the performing companies.

Next year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival runs from July 16-27, 2014.


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