In 2020 when our world stopped, our sector and wider community were forced to face a reckoning unlike anything we were prepared for. The unity, strength, passion, dedication and pure stubborn resilience of our independent artists is truly inspiring. In spite of the hardships we are still here, and despite the futility of our environment artists are still making work, exceptional work. We are committed to bringing Sydney that work this year, along with the immense economic and cultural impact that comes along with our festival each year. Now more than ever our city and our sector needs the Sydney Fringe.

We don’t know yet what September holds but we know this: Last year we were the first arts festival to return. It wasn’t the Sydney Fringe as we know it but our Global Fringe program enabled us to present incredible Sydney made work to Australian audiences and the rest of the world (and a few lucky Sydneysiders in real life!). So no matter what unfolds over the coming weeks Sydney Fringe is committed to being here for our artists and our audiences, and we will be here in some way in September.

We are working closely with Government and our stakeholders as we monitor the advice of NSW Health and work to find a terrific, safe and viable solution. So please sit tight and pop our program launch date of 30th July in your diary to find out what we have in store for the newly refashioned 2021.

Kerri Glasscock

CEO & Festival Director

The Sydney Fringe