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It’s that season again in Nanaimo – time for the Fringe Festival!


For those who don’t know, Fringe is a theatre festival that started in Edinburgh but has since come to major cities all around the world. Fringe is built on a simple principal – anyone can submit a play (and we mean anyone)! This basic tenement means that Fringe plays are wild, wonderful, and an absolute blast. Some are winners, are some are… not so winner, but that’s all a part of the fun. This wonderful mix of performances has made Fringe an utterly integral part of Canadian culture, and one of the most vibrant arts communities in the world! It’s an amazing time every year and you should visit Nanaimo to see it.

The 2019 Nanaimo Fringe takes place from August 8-17, and if you’re having trouble picking what to see, here are some that we’re planning to check out!

The Ghost Project: Performer Karie Richards asks the question: when we die, is that really all there is? Or do our lives persist in some small way? Weaving real-life accounts of encounters with ghosts into a deeply compelling one-woman show that combines storytelling, philosophy and the paranormal into a moving portrait of what it means to truly live, this show is more haunting than it is haunted.

Oh, Susanna! Bellows and Squacks are a musical duo with a deep love and appreciation of the history of music. In this provocative but joyful show, they dive deep into the problematic history of blackface performance, showing how race and racism imbue culture and how oppressed voices still rise against the forces that keep them down, all while celebrating the vibrancy of this musical heritage.

Banjoker: A combination of concert, clown and stand-up show? Yes, please! Funny-man Tony Molesworth travels the world, picking and grinning and sharing great songs and even better stories. Can’t miss this one!

Interested in exploring the wild and wacky world of Fringe? Stay close the action by booking a room at the Best Western Dorchester Inn. Just steps from Fringe’s various venues, we offer unbeatable location, incredible comfort and fantastic value.
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