'Staggering numbers' set new attendance record for Edmonton's Fringe theatre festival

Record ticket purchases and visits to the festival grounds during the 2019 International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton, organizers say.

'This year has truly been a year where patrons are willing and eager to take a chance'

Performances by buskers take place on the Fringe grounds in 2018. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)

Organizers of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival report a record 147,358 tickets were purchased during this year's edition of the event,  generating $1.4 million for participating artists.

"The staggering numbers land total box office revenue at $1.72 million," states a release issued Monday, adding that amount was an 18 per cent increase from 2018.

During the 11-day run, the festival grounds received 848,263 visits where crowds took in street performances by a variety of buskers.

"This year has truly been a year where patrons are willing and eager to take a chance," Murray Utas, artistic director for the Fringe, states in the release.

The theme for this year's festival was Where The Wild Things Fringe. 

Four productions — TEDxRFT, Reality Crack, There Ain't No More and The Green Line — are part of The Holdover Series which runs from August 28 through 31 at the Westbury Theatre at 10330 84th Ave.


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