The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales with over 450 events presented in over 70 venues across Greater Sydney each year.


Each September emerging artists and culture creators from all over the city join forces with us to share Sydney’s stories presenting new work from all genres.


Outside of festival time, we advocate for artists, agitate for change and activate unused space creating new cultural infrastructure and precincts.



We are a not-for-profit, open-access festival which means we welcome all artists and creative people and audiences from all walks of life. Each August and 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. Our program is curated by our artists for our audiences. Where else can you see HUNDREDS of world premieres made in your backyard? Or if you are a visitor popping by our beautiful city, what better way to get to know the absolute bones of the place?

The Sydney we love is vibrant, experimental, expressive, playful, creative, 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 the community to transform the landscape of our city into unique experiences, you won’t find at any other time of the year.

In 2022, we presented our largest festival ever and saw over 1600 performances by over 2200 artists hit the streets of Greater Sydney across 26 postcode areas. Of course, the Covid-19 crisis meant that our 2020 and 2021 activity was completely reimagined, and we presented a digital international collaboration- Global Fringe, bringing the best from around the world to your backyard.

More than ever, we need our independent artists, thinkers, and creators. Join us and join the biggest party in Sydney!

A pink button reading 'The Archive'

A yellow button reading 'Meet the Team'



Each year the Sydney Fringe runs a six month program of workshops and masterclasses designed to equip early career artists with the necessary producing tools required to put on their festival show, and provide more established artists with a brush up on producing skills. Over the past few years the program has been expanded to include specific masterclasses on Access and Inclusion and Building Sustainable Practice.

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Our opening celebration FRINGE IGNITE was born from a recommendation of the 2013 Live Music and Performance Action Plan created by the City of Sydney to develop an event template that was ‘Live and Local’ to enable struggling high streets across the country to revitalise their area with live music events, and to encourage local businesses to host live music. FRINGE IGNITE continues to develop resources to enable others to produce similar events. The program has now been rolled out Statewide by the Live Music Office with the support of the NSW State Government under the project banner Live and Local.


We are a proud member of the World Fringe Network!

World Fringe is the International Fringe Festival Association bringing the Fringe community together. Each year over 200 Fringe Festivals across the globe showcase hundreds of thousands of artists and performers. 19 million people see approximately 170 thousand performers in 60,000 free and ticketed events. Over 8 million Fringe tickets are sold in over 6 thousand venues across the globe.