This new open access Indi arts hub in the heart of Kings Cross continues the work undertaken by Sydney Fringe over the past four years to activate underutilised and unused space for the independent arts sector of Sydney. This project, the first of its kind in Sydney, aims to create a sustainable way for cultural organisations to work with Government and land owners to open new small-medium sized cultural spaces. In a city that is rapidly developing it is vital we forge a new and vibrant way forward to ensure that the next generation of artists have permanent space in Sydney.
FRING HQ features four performance spaces across three levels. It will be open for an initial six month period and will provide a home for emerging artists to develop their craft, and for established artists to test out new ideas. With no curatorial guidelines this open access space is limited only by our local artists’ imaginations. With theatre, cabaret, live music and immersive events and more this is the newest, hottest place to be this year in one of the city’s oldest entertainment precincts.
“We are incredibly excited and proud to be heading up this project in partnership with property owners Greencliff, long time partners the City of Sydney and our new partner the State Government. It is a unique opportunity to be part of a new narrative for the Kings Cross area as a thriving theatre precinct, amplifying and adding to the already wonderful established spaces in the area.
Having non-curated space that is open to any and all artists to perform in is absolutely imperative to the health of the entire arts sector. There is now no longer a single theatre space in Sydney that does not have curatorial guidelines attached. This is detrimental to young artists who have not yet built a reputation or have the experience required to be programmed into such theatres. It also stifles the creativity of established artist who don’t always want to present a finished product, and require space that is responsive and can be utilised at all stages through the development of a work.
That is why this project is SO important. Over the trial period the project has the ability to double the existing current theatre activity in Sydney. That’s more shows, more voices and more Sydney stories reaching local audiences than ever before. I hope that the Indi arts community and audiences a-like embrace this space and help us demonstrate to funding bodies that there is a need for subsidised, affordable small – medium sized cultural infrastructure that offers diverse programming and is accessible to all. I look forward to welcoming everybody to FRINGE HQ!”
Kerri Glasscock- Sydney Fringe Festival Director & CEO