Curtain opens on 25th Saskatoon Fringe Festival

The start of this year's Saskatoon Fringe Festival tonight marks a milestone.

Festival runs until August 9

The Saskatoon Fringe Festival begins today and runs until August 9. (Rebecca Zakreski/Saskatoon Fringe Festival )

The Saskatoon Fringe Festival celebrates a milestone tonight.

The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary of offering theatregoers an alternative experience. 

"It certainly breaks down barriers," festival founder Tom Bentley-Fisher said. "That's one of the things it has always done. It gives you an opportunity to not only sit and behave in your seats. You can get up. You can participate, tell people what you think."

The festival has grown a lot since the first year, said Bob Wyma, executive director of the festival. This year's festival has 33 theatre companies from around the world putting on performances. 

Along with the growth, the festival has experienced growing pains over the years. Wyma joined the festival about a decade ago when it was in a decline but he said things have improved.

"We decided to turn Saskatoon's Fringe into the best little Fringe in North America...We plan to be one of the top three Fringe destinations by 2017," he said. 

The festival runs until August 9.