Accessibility & Frequently Asked Questions

When does SkirtsAfire take place?

Our 10th anniversary festival will happen March 3-13, 2022 at various venues in Old Strathcona!

What are the new COVID protocols?

SkirtsAfire is continuing our COVID-19 policy and will require anyone over 12 to show proof of full vaccination, medical exemption, or proof of negative test from a pharmacy within 72 hours, along with ID. Masks are also required.

All our The Key of Me events at The Woodrack Cafe and Chianti Cafe will be following health and safety regulations set forth by Alberta Health Services for restaurants. 

Please find our updated COVID-19 Preparedness information here.

How do I get tickets?

Good question! All our tickets are available through Fringe Theatre here. Even pay-what-you-will shows require a ticket. Each event on our website has the direct ticket link as well and don’t forget about our Festival Passes!

All our The Key of Me events at The Woodrack Cafe and Chianti Cafe are by donation at the door! Please reserve your spot in advance by calling Chianti at 780.439.9829 whenever possible so we can prepare seating arrangements. There is a limit of 6 people per table.

What does Pay-What-You-Can mean?

Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) is a great tool that organizations in the arts and beyond can use to make our performances available no matter what income. With help from our Accessibility Coordinator, we’ve created this handy guide to help folks understand what PWYC really means, and where you and your financial situation could fit in.

Pay What You Can Guidelines

We are pleased to offer 10 PWYC tickets available for each performance of Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack, running March 3-13 at the Westbury Theatre. There is also a full PWYC performance on March 8 (International Women’s Day) followed by a panel discussion. We are also offering complimentary tickets to Indigenous folks that would like to attend any performance. Find all the info at skirtsafire.com/ayita.
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What Accessibility Measures and Performances are available for the play, Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack?

Please click here to read all our accessibility information for Ayita and the Westbury Theatre including our general accessibility measures, captioned performances, relaxed performances, and pay-what-you-can options. Questions? Please email us at info@skirtsafire.com!

What Accessibility Measures are available for the events in the Army & Navy?

Patrons go through the doors facing 82nd Avenue. The venue is barrier-free for people using mobility aids. The space is wide open with art installations in place, but otherwise very few corridors or barriers aside from human traffic flow. The main bathrooms are located down the stairs, with an accessible port-a-potty available on the ground level. Due to the temporary and improvisational nature of the venue, there are no hearing loops or closed captioning setups. Please ask SkirtsAfire volunteer or staff for more information.

How do I pay?

At the festival, we accept credit, debit, and cash, though contactless is preferred. Due to COVID and limited seating, we highly recommend booking your tickets in advance as opposed to getting them at the door and if you have any issues, please email boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca. 

Where do I park?

Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns (ETS Bus Routes 4, 7, 52, 57, 94, and 327 stop along Whyte Avenue close to the ATB Financial Arts Barns.)

Year-round metered parking and lots are readily available throughout Old Strathcona. These are the three closest paid parking lots:

East of the ATB Financial Arts Barns [in the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market parking lot]

West of the Fringe site on 83 Avenue and 104 Street

Southwest on 81 Avenue and 105 Street

Army & Navy (ETS 4)

There is metered parking found all around the venue, with free parking found in the residential neighbourhoods a few blocks away.

The Woodrack Cafe (ETS 4, 8, 637, 701)

There is metered parking found all around the Cafe, and free parking found in the Walterdale Theatre parking lot* (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

Chianti Cafe (ETS 4, 7, 54, 94, 318)

There is metered parking found all around the Cafe, and free 2 hour parking found on 81 Ave between 105 Street and 106 Street* (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

There is a parking lot on the east side of the church and residential street parking found surrounding it as well. (*Subject to change, please obey the parking signs).

Do you allow latecomers?

Yes!

Are there washrooms?

Yes. Every venue at the festival has accessible washrooms available for our patrons.

Are there gender neutral washrooms?

The Westbury Theatre, the Army & Navy, The Woodrack Cafe, and Holy Trinity Church will have gender-neutral washrooms. 

Are the venues accessible?

All our venues are wheelchair accessible. The Woodrack Cafe is only accessibly by ramp from the alley entrance. Holy Trinity Church has an elevator from the main entrance.

Do you give complimentary tickets for companions?

If you require an attendant, aide, or companion, they are still required to have a ticket. Please contact boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca or call 780-409-1910 and we’ll book a ticket for the accompanying person at no extra cost.

Can men enjoy the events?

Funny enough, we get this question a lot! And we are always happy to answer it with a big YES! Being an arts organization that features women and non-binary artists and their stories, there is a misconception that our events are only for these folx. But we want to challenge the idea that art by women is art for only women. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy our jam-packed 10 days and see what amazing performances, exhibits, and events we have to offer.

More questions? Keep them coming! Email info@skirtsafire.com anytime. We’d love to hear from you.