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2020 Winnipeg Fringe Festival cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Posters for Winnipeg Fringe Festival plays.
Posters for Winnipeg Fringe Festival plays. Brett Howe/Winnipeg Fringe Festival

One of the highlights of the summer for many Winnipeg theatregoers has called it a wrap for 2020.

The Winnipeg Fringe Festival announced Thursday that it’s cancelling this year’s instalment of the long-running alternative theatre event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Fringe — which runs for 12 days each July — attracts performers from around the world and is held in venues across Winnipeg. It also features free entertainment at the Cube stage in Old Market Square and throughout the city’s historic Exchange District.

The cancellation follows other major local festivals in shutting down or postponing their 2020 events, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Jazz Winnipeg Festival.

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Performers from around the world hit the stage for Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
Performers from around the world hit the stage for Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.