Hamilton Fringe Festival’s reimagined ‘What the Fest’ kicks off today

Typically, around this time each year, multiple venues in Hamilton’s downtown core and beyond are taken over by an 11-day extravaganza of live theatre, sketch comedy, music, magic, dance, and more.

That’s all thanks to the Hamilton Fringe Festival: one of the city’s premier arts festivals and an annual summer staple since 2003.

Naturally, things are looking at little different for events reliant on large gatherings this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a worldwide public risk. However, even a global pandemic can’t put the brakes on the Hamilton Fringe; a grassroots festival that’s no stranger to scrappy resilience and innovation.

Instead of outright cancelling the 2020 festival, the Hamilton Fringe has instead pivoted by introducing its first-ever ‘What the Fest?!’ event: a 6-day celebration of the city’s artists that features both online and physically-distanced live performances.

Beginning today and running through to July 26th, ‘What the Fest?!’ is offering exciting live and digital performance experiences through two different categories.

The first, called Stream Out Loud, is a collection of online ticketed performances all created by some of the most exciting Hamilton artists. Locals can grab their tickets and catch everything from livestreamed plays, to radio dramas, to music performances, and more; all viewable online from the comfort of their homes.

The other category is called Skip the Glitches, which intriguingly offers physically-distanced live performances delivered directly to your home! Whether it’s a porch, front lawn, or apartment lobby, local performers will come right to you to present a short piece of live theatre that you can experience live from a safe distance.

This awesome shift of the annual Hamilton Fringe is sure to be an exciting one for local arts lovers, and best of all, the ticket profits all go right into the pockets of the city’s artists, performers, and creators!

To learn more about the Hamilton Fringe Festival’s ‘What the Fest?!” and check out a schedule of available performances, visit their website.

Lead image courtesy of @hamontfringe

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