Next Stage isn’t happening this year. Like most arts festivals, it’s been halted by COVID. In this peculiar time of rest, many theatres have been re-evaluating their practises, seeing who they’ve left out of the programming and how they may better serve their communities.
“We could’ve just said we’re not doing a Fringe, that we’re just going to take this moment and not do anything. And we all thought, well, this is the mandate of Fringe, to support the artist, to be a platform for the artist. And this is an opportunity.”
“The amount of work that has gone into this, both behind the scenes with the Fringe team and the artists themselves is astounding. It really amplifies how resilient Fringe is and how despite everything there is hope to be found over these 12 days.”
Festival director and curator Tawiah M’carthy discusses the Festival of Ideas and Creation, a three-day artist festival and colloquium focused on artistic intercultural collaboration and exchange at Canadian Stage.
Giants like Mirvish are able to bring shows across the country, and to attract other companies to Toronto. But other than the Fringe circuit, there are few similar opportunities for small performing arts companies.