donkey_derby_71-editTen years and counting, that’s how long the Regina International Fringe Festival has been around.

It’s yet to reach the size of other better established fringe festivals in Canada, including the PotashCorp Fringe Festival which goes July 31-Aug. 9 in Saskatoon. But it’s probably fair to say that it’s enjoyed steady growth and continues to gain traction with theatre audiences in town.

The 2014 festival runs July 9-13 and will feature 18 provincial, national and international acts. The performances will be held at four venues: Artesian on 13th, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Unitarian Centre and St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

In addition to the regular festival aimed at adults and older youth, there will be a special Kid’s Fringe on Saturday July 13 at the MacKenzie Gallery. It’s free for parents and children alike, while tickets for the main fringe are a very reasonable $10 per performance.

There’s also a special fundraiser on Saturday night with a cabaret performance by Sharon Nolan and Paul Hutchison at the Artesian at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25.

To learn more about the fringe artists at this year’s festival, and to get a schedule of when they’re performing, visit the RIFF website.

One of the artists you’ll find mentioned is Gatineau-based Tess McManus (pictured above). The work she’ll be performing is called Tales She Tells. It’s a show she wrote and produced herself, and it concerns a young woman’s struggle to reconnect with her mother by revisiting Irish folk tales that she remembers her mom telling while she was growing up.