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Accessibility at the Fringe
Welcome to the Victoria Fringe! We’ve been working hard to improve access to our festival this year. Detailed information for each of our access measures are linked on this page. If you would like to request accommodations, or have any questions or comments about accessibility, please contact our Accessibility and Outreach Coordinator, Navarra. You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 250-590-0394, or coming down to Fringe HQ on the corner of Blanshard and Fisgard.
We are excited to have events at wheelchair accessible locations around Victoria. Please note that the Victoria Event Centre and Langham Court Theatre are not wheelchair accessible.
ASL interpretation, surtitles, and scripts
A number of our special events and shows will have ASL interpretation this year, including Fringe Eve Preview, Preview #2, and FringeKids! There are also shows with surtitles and shows with no dialogue.
There are a number of shows that offer scripts available to borrow in advance at the venue or at Fringe HQ (on the corner of Blanshard and Fisgard).
For a full list of ASL interpreted shows and events, shows with surtitles, and shows with scripts available in advance, check out this guide.
A number of artists are offering relaxed performances this year. The goal of these performances is to create a more relaxed environment by removing some elements of traditional theatre so that people are able to comfortably enjoy performances.
There are different measures taken at different relaxed performances depending on what the artist is able to offer. At all of our relaxed performances you can expect the house lights to be left on throughout the performance, no intense light or sound effects, and to be allowed to come and go as needed.
Venue visual guides
We have visual guides available for the following venues:
Low-vision friendly performances
There are a number of shows with minimal visual elements. We also have volunteer Theatre Buddies this year to help guide patrons who are blind or vision impaired with navigating the theatre, finding a seat, and to describe the set prior to the show. If you would like a Theatre Buddy, please let our Accessibility and Outreach Coordinator, Navarra, know as soon as possible in advance of the show.
Service animals are welcome in all areas of our venues that are open to the public. Please advise the box office when you purchase your tickets.
Personal support workers
Victoria Fringe is part of the Access2 and Leisure Assistant’s Pass programs. We welcome all people with disabilities and their support people. Where a support worker is required, admission to all Victoria Fringe performances and events is free for the support worker and they do not need a Fringe Button. If you are a member of either of these programs, please let us know when you purchase your tickets.
Fringing with kids
Not all shows that are rated ‘All Ages’ are suitable for young audiences. Below is a guide to give you pointers on what shows are a good fit for families with young children (or are not suitable but advertised as All Ages). This information is provided by the artists to give a guide, but we encourage you to use your judgement on what you deem suitable for your child