Australia’s largest independent arts festival has released details on over 300 productions that will take over Sydney venues this September.
Covering theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and spoken word, the Sydney Fringe Festival this year launches with a “call to party”, highlighting and celebrating the city’s nightlife. Darlinghurst, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Redfern, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe, Newtown, Sydenham and St Peters are all part of the celebration, presenting a concentrated effort to reignite the city and suburbs in the aftermath of the lockout laws.
Beginning the celebrations, the Fringe Ignite Launch Party will take place on September 3rd. Curated by ARIA winning jazz pianist and composer Barney McAll, shops, bars, and cafes along Darlinghurst’s Stanley Street will be transformed into free pop-up venues, filled with live music and entertainment. The party will continue on into the night at The Midnight Shift Hotel, kick starting a series of themed discos held throughout the festival.
Theatre highlights for this year include Melita Rowson’s The Giant Worm Show, radical theatre show Queen Cxnt, and a trip to the mythical, magical world of Atlantis, while cabaret and musical theatre is well represented too, by the likes of Lady Sings It Better, with female singers taking on tracks by some of the world’s most famous male musicians, and Brighton Fringe award winner Elixir.
Other highlights include part fashion show, part exhibition, part crystal ball sARTorial, Zahn Pithers’ exhibition Australia Street Portraits from the Inner West, and Melbourne City Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet, appearing for two nights only.
The main hub of the festival will be located at the recently refurbished Camperdown Park and the brand new Camperdown Commons, with a new arts precinct Off Broadway launching on September 11th. Curated by musician and festival ambassador Elana Stone, it is hoped that this area will continue to inspire and ignite the city’s creatives long after the festival finishes.
The Sydney Fringe Festival will run from September 3rd until September 25th at various venues across the city.
Full event and ticketing details can be found at the website.