Mississauga hosting ground-breaking fringe festival


Published August 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm

The first-ever Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival kicks off Aug. 16 and runs through the end of September.

Presented by award-winning SAWITRI Theatre Group, founded in Mississauga in 2003, the MMFF opens with six in-person/indoor shows slated for Aug. 16-22 at Sampradaya Theatre in west Erin Mills. Multiple performers will take to the stage for one-hour shows from 6-11 p.m. each night.

Those performances will be followed by a digital/online component running Aug. 23-31 and an extended online component Sept. 1-30. Those performances also run from 6-11 p.m.

Organizers say the festival is part of the North American fringe family. Inspired by the well-known fringe festival in Edinburgh and, closer to home, the Toronto Fringe Festival, this is the first multilingual fringe festival in Canada focused on the many languages of India.

Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals that bring together emerging and established artists alike to tell their stories on stage. 

MMFF participants were determined through a lottery process earlier this year.

Led by professional artists from India, SAWITRI Theatre Group projects are usually women-centric or youth focused and explore issues of identity, relationships, self-image and self-esteem, mental health and abuse.

It’s the only group in the GTA that presents Canadian productions of South Asian theatre in the many languages of India including English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati, among others.

Sampradaya Theatre is located at 3250 Ridgeway Dr., Unit 5. 

Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at www.mississaugafringe.ca.