On The Edge Fringe Festival
Founded in 2014 and incorporated in 2016, the On the Edge Fringe Festival is an annual, not for profit theatre festival located in North Bay. The organization’s mandate is to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places; to provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts; and to produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts. The first festival featured nine shows with multiple performances in two venues, and attracted an attendance of about 500. Since then it has grown to a five-day festival with approximately a dozen shows in multiple venues with an attendance of over 1,000, and has introduced an incubator/multi-arts component called “Duality”.
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Duality - Firestarter
This application is for “Duality - Firestarter” taking place August 14 to 19, 2018 in various locations in North Bay. Firestarter will be the first of an annual series of multi-disciplinary arts attractions that runs in tandem with the 12 shows programmed in the On the Edge Fringe Festival. “Duality - Firestarter”, a collaboration between Zakide Artist-Run Collective and the On the Edge Fringe Festival, will feature a series of disruptive interventions by Indigenous artists in cultural spaces beginning at the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s (ACC) new project space, The Nomadic Institute, and eventually taking over the Capitol Centre in downtown North Bay. The Capitol Centre is a major sponsor of the Festival. The multidisciplinary interventions will include theatrical activations, performance art pieces, visual and media arts installations, poetry, and music providing opportunities for Indigenous artists in many disciplines to engage with regional artists in North Bay. Confirmed programming includes: (1) “Tahltan Nation Mother”, new poetry, spoken word and performances by Peter Morin; (2 Break Something”, theatre, poetry and spoken word by members of Proscenium Club, and artist collective; and (3) “Everything is Everything”, multidisciplinary work by charles c. smith, writer, poet and dancer; ACC is conducting a summer program bringing 15 emerging Indigenous Artists and Curators together for training and the development of their own projects to compliment “Duality-Firestarter”.