The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of theatre. Over 11 days in September, nearly 100 theatre artists and companies share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. There is also a category for artists who find their own venue (BYOV)—some in surprising locations. Kick off the fall cultural calendar after Labour Day with the Vancouver Fringe Festival.