By the numbers: a closer look at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival

‘This is the craziest Saturday ever’: 35th annual Edmonton fringe festival sees great attendance in first weekend
WATCH ABOVE: The 35th annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is underway in Old Strathcona. You still have a full week to catch shows, street performers and grab a bite of the delicious food. Margeaux Morin sits down with the festival's artistic director Murray Utas to talk all things fringe. (From 2016)

The 35th annual Edmonton International Fringe Festival is in full swing in Old Strathcona.

The 11-day festival brings Edmontonians together with 1,600 live theatre performances in more than 40 venues.

READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Festival reveals 2016 theme, ‘That was Then, This is Fringe’

So what does it take to put the whole thing together? Here’s a closer look at North America’s largest fringe festival, by the numbers. (Plus a special fun fact if you make it to the end).


The number of kilometres the tickets sold at this year’s fringe festival would stretch if they were laid out end to end


The number of hours it takes fringe site crews to set up and tear down the festival

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The number of volunteers it takes to contribute to the two and a half years of work that goes into operating the 11-day festival


The number of hours the fringe festival box offices are open during the 11-day festival


The number of feet of extension cord it takes to power the festival site


The number of hours it takes the fringe tech crew to set up and operate the festival


The number of cable ties it takes to held everything together on the festival site


The number of people who attended the 2015 Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Fun fact

In 1982, the year of the inaugural Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor was the number one song of the summer.

Graphic by Tonia Huynh, Global News.

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