September 15, 2021Let the Fringe Begin: Kelowna Fringe Festival 2021

It's that time of year: the Kelowna Fringe Festival returns for five full days of raw, bold, uncensored theatre and performance for a brave and curious audience. Beginning September 15 and running through September 19, the Kelowna Fringe Festival roars to life with an ambitious and eclectic program of performances. 

Festival Organizer Kimberly Billinton and Artistic Director Bonnie Gratz are wowed by the calibre of artists and variety of offerings in this year’s festival. “Our partnership with Jenny Money and Okanagan Indigenous Arts and Music Society has lined up an incredible Indigenous performance duo, the critically acclaimed Blue Moon Marquee. There are new adaptations of classics like Orwell’s Animal Farm by Peter Church and Edgar Allen Poe’s horror The Cask of the Amontillado and many entirely new works....Audiences can also catch larger group performances like The Sands of Time dance show by Leona Finlayson and the electrifying Push-Up Bar by Fringe vet Blair Moro," says Gratz. 

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is proud to present several Fringe events, including...

Run Like Hell by Jonathan Menold: Run like Hell is the story of a social worker who became overwhelmed by the job, then started overeating to cope with stress (mostly boxes of Tim Bits) and finally turned to physical exercise in the form of running to gain control over his body and mind. Ultimately, the show is a survey and explanation of personal mental health struggles, coping strategies, and running subcultures on the West Coast of Canada. Run Like Hell runs September 17-19 in the Sun FM Room at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. 

Rock Bottom by Carly Fawcett: In this daring and intimate one-woman show, a young woman struggles with addiction. Crashing and burning many times over, she comes face to face with her own demons, Janis Joplin, and the muse herself. Rock Bottom runs September 17-19 in the Sun FM Room at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. 

The Tingle, Part 2 by The Virago CollectiveThis is a sequel to The Tingle, a cabaret-style show performed at the 2019 Kelowna Fringe Festival. Come for the songs and stay for the laughs as Delphine Litke dishes more stories based on her experiences in love and relationships. The Tingle, Part 2 runs September 17-19 in the Salloum Room at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. 

More information on these and all Fringe shows, including how to buy tickets, can be found here.

Don't miss out on this remarkable celebration of unbridled, progressive theatre. Wear your bear and Fringe to your heart's content!

Let the Fringe Begin: Kelowna Fringe Festival 2021