Posted: July 31, 2014
Winnipeg Fringe Moves Well Past Previous Attendance Records
The 2014 Winnipeg Fringe Theater Festival has come to an end after another incredibly successful summer. King’s Transfer Van Lines is once again, proud to have been involved as a sponsor and as the choice moving company of the festival.
How successful was the 2014 Fringe? Very successful. See the below press release for more information and some stats.
FRINGE SMASHES ATTENDANCE RECORDS
Outstanding artistic content continues to contribute to growth of festival
Theatregoers couldn’t stop watching, as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival continued its longstanding attendance–‐breaking streak for another year!
Indoor attendance for the 2014 festival totaled approximately 104,859, up from 101,488 last year. Daily attendance records were broken on 6 out of 12 days, with 195 sellouts and $761,522 in box office revenue, 100 per cent of which was returned to the performing companies. The 12–‐days festival featured the largest number of offerings in the history of the Fringe, with 175 companies performing in 30 venues across the Exchange District and downtown Winnipeg.
“It’s tremendously exciting for us to experience another record–‐breaking year at the Fringe. The caliber of the performers and their productions were exceptional, and it’s their artistic talent that continues to help in growing the festival year after year,” said Chuck McEwen, Executive Producer for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. “We received so many positive comments from Fringers about the amazing shows they saw.”
Warm temperatures and mainly sunny skies kept Old Market Square busy, with featured bands, street performers and Kids Fringe entertaining good–‐sized crowds and attracting approximately 95,000 people to the Exchange District area.
Yesterday evening on the Outdoor Stage, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) presented the Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award for best new Manitoban play to Bill Pats for his work, Executing Justice. The award is presented annually at the Fringe Festival in memory of playwright Harry Rintoul. The other nominees this year included Megan Andres, Kim Zieglinski, Jacquie Loewen, Audra Lesosky and Kevin Gabel.
Next year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival will run from July 15 to July 26, 2015. For more details, please visit www.winnipegfringe.com.
High–‐resolution photos: For general festival shots and performer production photos visit the MEDIA page at www.winnipegfringe.com.