Sydney Fringe Festival

(3.30pm, Erskineville Town Hall)

Thank you, and welcome everyone to sixth annual Sydney Fringe Festival.

I'm delighted to launch this year's festival here in Erskineville, the official Sydney Fringe Festival Village.

In a very short period of time, the Fringe has become a vital part of our city's cultural scene, with theatre, live arts, workshops, music and dance from some of our most exciting new and established artists.

This year the City has been working with the Fringe to find temporary performance spaces during the Festival. From empty shopfronts to hairdressers and cafes, these spaces will give artists new opportunities to realise their vision and find new audiences. It's great for the arts, great for local business and great for our community.

In addition to cash support for these pop-up festival venues, the City is also using the pilot to develop an easier approval process for running small temporary venues across our city.

This initiative is just one of many action plans in Creative City, our cultural policy to support creativity in our city over the next decade. I'm sure these pop-up festival venues are going to provide inspiration for many new temporary performance spaces in the future.

I'd like to congratulate the Fringe organisers for what promises to be the most exciting Festival yet, and to wish everyone involved a great festival.