Human rights advocate Alex Neve to make Vancouver Fringe Festival appearance

Fringe Festival audiences know that they have to be prepared for anything—from pissed-off Brits to gold-lamé-clad Cancer.

Well, if you’re heading to the ACTivist Theatre Collective’s 7 p.m. showing of Short and Sweet this Friday, you’ll get an added surprise. The Straight has just learned that the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Alex Neve, will be making an appearance before the show, where he’ll give a 10-minute talk that is sure to be an eye-opener.

Neve, who is in Vancouver for meetings, will discuss his most recent mission to the Ivory Coast and other current issues. A longtime human rights activist and former refugee and immigration lawyer, he is featured in this Amnesty International video clip about an AI report, We want to go home, but we can’t, on Côte d’Ivoire’s continuing crisis of displacement and insecurity.