Yesterday, July 31, Sydney Fringe Festival announced what it’s calling its most ambitious program to date. Featuring over 400 international and home-grown shows, and spreading across 21 postcodes around greater Sydney, it’s an impressive program stacked with more theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry than you could possibly imagine.
From September 1 to 30, Fringe will take over Sydney with a dazzling selection of world-class performances, exhibitions, events and more. Included within the program are 120 world premieres, 142 Australian premieres and 170 Sydney premieres.
Sydney Fringe CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said that this year’s program is an important step in revitalising Sydney’s nightlife: “We are thrilled for Sydney Fringe to infiltrate the Oxford Street precinct and revitalise Sydney’s creative sector as it takes over more than 60 venues across the city. With programs spreading across 21 postcodes and celebrating local talent, the festival will ignite Sydney with a creative buzz like never before.”
Fringe is set to launch on September 1 with the official opening party; FRINGE IGNITE, curated by award-winning musician and Fringe Ambassador Thelma Plum. It will be an opening night like no other; hosted in 13 venues across the Oxford Street precinct, including the National Art School, UNSW Art & Design, Oxford Art Factory and Eternity Playhouse.
This year marks the debut of the Archie Rose Touring Hub, which will feature award-winning performances on tour from Fringe festivals around the world at the Old 505 Theatre, Newtown. Additionally, western Sydney will now find itself another home for the festival, with the inaugural Liverpool Hub.
Other highlights include the following: the Fringe Club, which will take over all four floors of the Kings Cross Hotel for a program filled with comedy, theatre and music; the Broadway popup featuring a pop-up roller-skating rink and Frida Las Vegas x Nicol & Ford store; and the Festival Village in Kensington Street, Chippendale, with everything from street art, to food stalls, a festival bar, live performances, an art auction and more.
The full program for the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival can be found at https://www.sydneyfringe.com