Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival
A first for SAWITRI Theatre Group, this festival is a part of the North American fringe family. Inspired by the great fringe festival of Edinburgh, and the Toronto Fringe Festival closer to home, this will be the first multilingual fringe festival in Canada focused on the many languages of India – Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and English too.
Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, bringing together emerging and established artists alike to tell their stories on stage. The participants to the MMFF will be decided on an non-juried basis through a lottery process. MMFF will promote and model inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, and will endeavor to incorporate them into all aspects of our fringe festival.
In August 2021, MMFF will present 4 indoor and 8 digital performances in Mississauga. Application dates for outdoor performances is likely to be announced later in February 2021. Indoor, in-theatre duration will have a 60 minute platform to present the show and 40 minutes for digital. The MMFF is a gathering place for animated discussions and interactions among artists and audiences. The MMFF is to ignite inspiration, passion and creativity!
“I want to congratulate SAWITRI for creating Canada’s first ever multi-lingual fringe festival in Mississauga. This will be an exciting addition to our 2021 events calendar and another great example of the innovative projects being developed by Mississauga’s arts and culture sector”, said Paul Damaso, the Director of Arts & Culture and CEO, Living Arts Centre, City of Mississauga.
“We are beyond thrilled to have the Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival (MMFF) join the over 30 festivals of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Although they were delayed in launching their very first festival, we have great confidence in Jasmine and her team in what they will achieve, and know that they will provide wonderful opportunities for artists in Mississauga and beyond. We are so looking forward to their debut in 2021!”, said Lucy Eveleigh, Executive Director of Toronto Fringe Festival and President of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.