Bored with mainstream arts? Sydney’s September Fringe festival can fix that.
Ideas provocative, venues unexpected, performances improvised, comedy subversive and energy high. That’s the Sydney Fringe Festival.
And, if it doesn’t completely take over the city, it’s not for lack of trying.
So What’s On Offer?
Alternative arts and culture.
- Visual arts
- Spoken word
and any combination thereof.
Food and drink too, of course.
Sydney Fringe Festival Dates & Guide
The festival runs every September for the whole month.
Venues change from year to year, so get a guide. The most up to date guide is online here.
Festival guides in hard copy are available at lots of places around town.
You’ll see them where you find free gig guides (newsagents, some convenience stores, entertainment venues etc) or go to the online link above for a pdf list of places where you can pick one up.
There’s often a separate guide just for the Sydney Fringe Comedy, keep an eye open for that, too.
Ticket Prices – Cheap or Free
Here’s one of the great things about the Fringe Festival: cheap ticket prices and lots of free events.
$10-$15 is pretty standard for local single artist and improv events.
Around $20-$30 for many theatre tickets and internationally known artists, $30-$50 for bigger shows and circuses.
And then there’s the free. Lots of it.
Installations, exhibitions, retrospectives, pop-ups, ideas/conversations, jazz sessions, outdoor film screenings, the list goes on.
Is Sydney Fringe Family-Friendly?
Absolutely. Sydney Fringe is not all subversion, irony and gender-bending. It recognises the littlies too. And the fact that school holidays generally start in the last week of September.
Fringe Kids tends to correspond with the school holidays. Theatre, music, quests and other activities are the order of the day during holiday time. So bring those children and grandchildren along with you, they’re well catered for.
Why Should I Go?
Go if you want to
- discover new talent
- see experimental work
- find out more about life on the margins for many –
- asylum seekers
- indigenous artists
- LGBTI people
And go if you want to see what an artist can do with a shoestring budget and deep conviction.
It may not be polished. It may have technical glitches. You may not find it super-sophisticated.
And you may just hit the jackpot, find that treasure that amazes, excites, stimulates or moves you in a new way. Go for that.
Find the Sydney Fringe festival website here.
More September Things to Do
Don’t forget the Archibald’s, still on at the Art Gallery of NSW.
And September, spring, is a great time to get out and explore the harbour on Sydney ferries.