As the largest independent arts festival in NSW, the Sydney Fringe partners with over 1800 artists each year to provide a platform for their work. Our 2015 festival saw 350 productions in over 60 venues, showcasing the abundant talent in the independent and small to medium sector. As we get ready to launch this year's program on August 1st, we're once again excited by the diversity and ambition of the work submitted this year.
The Sydney Fringe works year-round to put art and culture first. We work closely with government and the corporate sector to increase support for cultural activity, to amend legislation to make art-making less restrictive and to mentor and equip the next generation of cultural leaders.
#istandwiththearts is not aimed at one political party, but this is a political issue. It's about properly recognizing the cultural and economic contribution of the arts to our communities. It's about restoring federal arts funding because the arts are valid and vital. It's about resourcing and equipping the Australia Council to continue to make qualified and sector-informed funding allocations. It's about artists not having to continuously fight to legitimize their practice when in reality making art actually makes business sense. It's about audiences standing with artists to support the culture they consume on a daily basis. It's about making culture an issue this election.
Artistic culture isn’t easily created, but it can be easily destroyed. Now more than ever, arts and culture are under threat. We encourage everyone to play their part, to keep this campaign alive, and to let our policy makers know that the arts should be supported. The Sydney Fringe stands with the arts. We stand for and alongside all artists. We commit to using our resources to advocate for change that safeguards the future of our sector.
Will you stand with us?
Festival Director and CEO