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Kelowna's international fringe fest wraps up summer with week-long art celebration

Comedian Laura Piccinin will be performing her one-hour comedy sketch called LESBIHONEST at the Kelowna International Fringe Festival 2022.
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The Kelowna International Fringe Festival returns for its fourth summer with even more eclectic performances on the schedule.

New Vintage Theatres is hosting the festival, which runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4.

“We are so excited,” artistic director Bonnie Gratz said. “We once again have artists coming from the Okanagan, Canada and the states, and are offering seven more shows than last year.”

The fringe festival brings many different kinds of acts that are performed in unique settings around the city. Performing talents of all levels of experience are showcased, and the cost of tickets is kept low so that everyone can participate in celebrating the arts.

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“The festival is eclectic with unexpected surprises,” Gratz said. “Some performers have not been seen before while others have significant followings in the Kelowna area. Performers are selected randomly, they are not juried, so you’ll see a wide variety of abilities.”

Fringe festivals are based on the arts and originated in Scotland. They feature alternative or experimental performances and exhibitions.

Gratz has jazz performers, musicians, comedians and comedy acts scheduled. There are one-person autobiographical shows, large group productions and everything in between.

Venues are located in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

“You will see performances in creative places,” she said. “Some indoor and some outdoor. Some are happening at Grizzli Winery. We are keeping things interesting.”

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The tickets range in price from $13 to $21 depending on what you want to watch.

“We try to make prices low enough so people of all economic backgrounds can participate,” she said. “100 per cent of the ticket sales go back to the artists themselves. It is a very artist-friendly event.”

New Vintage Theatre uses grants and sales from special pins the audience can purchase to pay the cost of hosting the festival.

This summer the theme of the festival is Summer of Love.

“We have a hippy theme,” Gratz said. “People will be dressed Bohemian-style. It is a summer of loving theatre and celebrating all things that are cool and bring us together.”

Last year Gratz said over 2,000 people attended the festival. This year she is expecting at least 2,500.

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