Quick History of the FRINGE Festival Victoria's Fringe Festival draws its heritage from 1947 Edinburgh when eight enterprising young theatre companies were turned away from that city's International Festival due to "lack of space". Thus challenged, they successfully mounted their work around the periphery, or "fringe" of the Edinburgh Festival. Since then, FRINGE has been synonomous with innovative, new, challenging theatre. Spreading to Canada by way of the Edmonton Fringe (now the largest festival of any type in North America!) both young and experienced artists alike can be seen "fringing" from Montreal to Victoria in a loose circuit that has sprung up in much the same way that the Victoria Fringe itself has grown. The Victoria Fringe Festival began itself in 1987 - making this year's the ELEVENTH annual public celebration of fun, daring, topical stage performances! What began as a 5 day festival responding to both public and artistic demand for local opportunity to produce fresh work in a creatively-charged atmosphere has grown into an international showcase of talent over a 11 day period! This year, from Thursday August 28 thru Sunday, September 7, a total of 300 international alternative theatre, comedy and dance performances will transform Victoria into a festive playland! For more info, phone the Fringe hotline at 383-2663, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org right here on Freenet.