Edmonton is home to a huge number of interesting festivals and national holidays; the cultural calendar of the city is simply amazing because of an abundance of cultural activities. There are more than 30 festivals in Edmonton, many of which have international status. One of the oldest and most interesting is The Edmonton International Fringe dedicated to theater arts; it has been celebrated for more than thirty years.
The festival starts in mid-August and lasts for at least 10 days. It is the most ambitious and bright theatrical festival in North America. The main part of celebrations is held in the picturesque historic district of Old Strathcona. There are grand open-air performances and small acts with aspiring actors; the festival's program includes about 200 shows and 1,500 individual performances.
Traditionally, the festival is attended by theater actors from Japan, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, the United States, the UK and even Africa, which makes the holiday even more rich and interesting. The majority of events are free of charge; in particular, it concerns kid performances and shows.
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