August 18, 2014 7:05 pm

Fringe Festival could be coming to Lethbridge

Plays, street performers and live music.

It’s one of the largest festivals in Canada.

The Fringe Festival has it all, and has inspired Blair Gallant – who has been involved in both Edmonton and Calgary’s festivals – to bring it to Lethbridge.

“I love the Fringe in that it’s really a community based where people are engaged and their active and alive. That whole sense of acceptance and tolerance is in the air,” he said.

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His family has lived in Lethbridge for 5 generations, so it is important for him to share the Fringe with his community.

Gallant brought his proposal to City Council, who endorsed the presentation. This will allow for various acts to be held in public spaces downtown, such as Galt Gardens.

He predicts the first year will see fifteen-thousand attendees, and within five years fifty-thousand Fringe goers.

Councillor Jeff Carlson says bringing the festival to Lethbridge will help enhance the arts community. “Cities that host a Fringe that I’ve been involved in, Edmonton, Vancouver, it’s an awesome experience,” he said.

“It’s not just the quality of life and the vibrancy for our citizens, but economic spin off is great.”

Gallant hopes to bring the Fringe to the city by the fall of 2015, and with it a new adventure for the community.

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