beltline fringe festival
The Calgary Fringe Festival made its debut from August 9 - 13, 2006 in the the heart of 17 Avenue SW and the Red Mile. The festival played host to over 40 artists presenting over 150 performances.
The hub of the festival was located at Western Canadian High School with surrounding satellite lcoations within a 6-block radius. THe streets came alive with street performers, merchants, buskers, performance art, puppetry, dance, and storytelling.
The Fringe acts to enrich civic culture, stimulates economic growth in surrounding neighbourhoods, develops a broader audience base for local art events and highlights the enormous contributions made by the local and national artistic communities. The festival raises public awareness of local artistic organizations and their ongoing endeavours. It builds bridges between audiences, artists, and the business community.
The Calgary Fringe Festival was produced by the AO Shirley Memorial Foundation (a registered non-profit established in 1995) in association with Beltline Communities, the Uptown 17 BRZ, the 4th Stret BRZ, the Calgary Regional Arts Foundation and others.