Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest platform for independent artists, spread across our parks, streets, pubs and theatres. It brings us a program brimming with surprising theatre, comedy, performances and more. It’s also a serious advocate for the arts, creating new places for artists to work and helping existing venues to operate sustainably.
We’ve selected a few events to help you get started.
Silver screen specials
Learn about the lives of religious minorities in rural China – Muslim people in southwest Xinjiang province and the animist Hmong people on the border of China and Laos. You will also have the chance to meet the filmmakers after the screening. If you’re up for more screen time, don’t miss the provocative, peculiar independent cinema at the Sydney Underground Film Festival.
Giant Dwarf brings together Jordan Raskopolous (from The Axis of Awesome), writer Amy Coopes, musician Paul Mac and DJ Jonny Seymour, who will tell their stories of resistance, survival and queer lives well lived.
Sydney’s ghost stories
The Observer Hotel takes you back into a Sydney that was less Sunday brunches and more public executions and grog haunts, at a time when thugs ran the streets.
(Not the) last days of disco
Sydney’s not quite turned into the town from Footloose, particularly when the Fringe has not one but four disco events in store. And we’re not talking about sweaty all-nighters! Get your dancing shoes on for a family friendly event with Indigenous sounds at Redfern Community Centre. Or, glitter up for a drag disco at the Midnight Shift.
Fringe for kids
The festival has plenty on offer for inner west kids – from writing ghost stories and making colourful wall hangings, to learning science through magic.
Eating without words
What would happen if 400 people sat down for dinner in complete silence? Reshuffle social norms and be part of a social experiment that was the sell-out closing night hit at the Fringe last year. Your three-course meal will be guided by renowned performance artist Honi Ryan.