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The Hamilton Fringe Festival begins!

Kicking off the Festival at The Fringe Club.

Kicking off the Festival at The Fringe Club.

Its finally here – the Hamilton Fringe Festival has begun! The Fringe Club (at The Baltimore House) was buzzing last night as actors, directors, and fans came out to celebrate the 10th anniversary gala.

Performances by a number of past and present Fringe artists kept the kick-off lively, and guests even got to enjoy a piece of a delicious Fringe birthday cake!

Happy 10th Birthday!

Happy 10th Birthday!

Celebrating its 10th year, the Hamilton Fringe Festival has a record 47 productions performing this year, taking place in 10 different venues across the city. With over 300 performances during the 11 days of the festival there is something for everyone – comedies, musicals, dramas, family entertainment – the list goes on and on! (Bonus: all shows are under $10!)

This year, the festival is launching a number of new initiatives:

The Gallery mini-Series: BIG ideas in SHORT shows in SMALL spaces. 3 galleries on James St North host a total of 12 companies over the 2 weekends of the festival. Every show is under 25 minutes and the top ticket price is $8. An easy and fun way to sample some great Fringe fare!

The Fringe Bus: Modeled after the popular ‘Art Bus’ and produced in association with The Pearl Company, the Fringe Bus offers a playful one-night Fringe tour on Friday July 19th.

Bring Your Own Venues (BYOVs): We have a record 7 companies performing in off-site spaces this summer. The Pearl Company and the Lyric both host shows- with more announcements to come!

Fringe Club: The Baltimore House will be Fringe headquarters this summer- offering free entertainment each night of the festival and a chance for audiences to mingle with Fringe artists & staff!

Can’t wait to get out and see some shows – see you there!

For a full list of all the Fringe shows and information about the Hamilton Fringe Festival, check out: http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca

Aaron Jan, director of "Here" performs for the crowd.

Aaron Jan, director of “Here” performs for the crowd.

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