Increased Support for Sydney Fringe Festival

The City will expand its support for the Sydney Fringe Festival, providing annual cash sponsorship of $100,000 and additional in kind support over the next three years.

The support recognises the success of the inaugural Fringe Festival last year, which the City supported with cash sponsorship of $50,000. The 2010 Fringe Festival attracted more than 100,000 people and over 3,000 artists, with 250 shows, performances and artworks at 50 different venues primarily in Sydney's inner west.

The Sydney Fringe Festival is an initiative of the Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association (NEPA) and runs over two weeks in September, enabling performers and artists to showcase new work in theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, digital art, film and street theatre.

In unanimously supporting the Festival, Council supported my recommendation that they expand into the Oxford Street Cultural Quarter and surrounding areas, and asked the festival to develop and implement a disability action plan.

Council agreed to help this expansion by:

  • making City-owned venues available to the Festival;
  • identifying potential performance and exhibition spaces and encouraging their owners to make them available as Fringe Festival venues; and
  • investigating action to remove barriers for performance and exhibition spaces being used as temporary venues.

The Oxford Street area has a number of potential spaces that could be used by an expanded Sydney Fringe. The City is willing to do what we can to make them available.

Submissions for the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival are now open.

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