In 2019 we celebrated a decade of Sydney Fringe. As expected it was our largest festival ever and saw over 1600 performances by over 2200 artists hit the streets of Greater Sydney across 25 postcode areas. This year we intended to push the boundaries of what we could achieve further because we love our city, we love our artists and we want as many of our audiences to see as much as they possibly can during our festival. Of course the Covid-19 crisis meant that our 2020 activity was completely reimagined, and we presented an online international collaboration Global Fringe. In 2021 the second wave of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown has forced the cancellation of this year’s festival. In spite of this though our core vision remains.
The Sydney Fringe provides a platform for Sydney stories by Sydney voices in their originating landscape. Where else can you see literally hundreds of world premieres made right in your back yard. And if you are stopping by, a visitor to our beautiful city then our annual festival is the perfect place to gain an understanding of how Sydney is feeling, what we are doing and where we are going.
Each September culture creators from all over the city join forces with us to demonstrate the type of city they want to live in all year round. As an open access festival our program is curated by our artists for our audiences.
The Sydney we love is vibrant, experimental, expressive, playful, fun, creative, connected and diverse. We look forward to a day when our creative communities are adequately resourced, effectively supported and valued for the contribution they make to our great global city. Until then we will continue to celebrate together each September as Sydney Fringe works with our community to transform the landscape of our city into unique experiences not found at any other time of the year. From activating unused buildings, unlocking hidden gems and presenting major outdoor activations, the Sydney Fringe Festival connects you to the city in new ways.
As our city emerges from the ravages of the pandemic we will need our independent artists, thinkers and creators more than ever. They will be a key contributor to the recovery process and a new vision for the future. Sydney will need it’s Fringe Festival more than ever before.