The summer event was scheduled to run from July 31 to August 8 across several venues in Calgary
The Calgary Fringe Festival has cancelled its 2020 program due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The festival made the announcement Thursday afternoon saying their top priority is the health and safety of all the artists, staff, volunteers and festival-goers.
" The idea of Calgary without a Fringe Festival this year is not something any of us wanted to contemplate. This decision was not made lightly. Our top priority is the health and safety of all our Fringe participants, staff, volunteers, and audiences. We applaud and support the measures taken in response to this global pandemic, and fully support the calls for continued physical distancing and staying at home".
"The Calgary Fringe Festival will return in 2021 with renewed energy, drive, and passionate spirit"
Organizers from Edmonton's Fringe Festival recently made a decision to cancel their summer event, which is the second-largest festival in the world.
The Calgary Fringe has run for 15 years, bringing in a wide range of shows and artists covering comedy, drama, monologues, interactive and often risque performances.