Last night, the director of the Sydney Fringe Festival revealed the full program for 2017 – a mammoth affair with more than 300 productions scheduled across the month of September at 42 venues across inner Sydney.
Key to this year’s celebrations is the brand new HPG Festival Hub at Sydney Park in Alexandria. Sydney Fringe CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said of the venue, “The inaugural HPG Festival Hub is Sydney Fringe Festival’s largest and most exciting activation to date and the result of a major new partnership with local property developer, HPG Australia. It will see the warehouse space – roughly the size of an airport hangar – transformed into a thriving independent arts centre and festival hub.”
The 7000-square-metre venue houses light, art and theatre experiences, as well as playing host to a 200 seat vegan feast and Heaps Gay‘s spectacular Masqueerade (yep, that’s spelled correctly) ball, which takes place in the Hub on Saturday September 2 and Sunday September 3.
Keen fringegoers shouldn’t miss the Fringe Ignite Launch Party, curated by vocalist NGAIIRE, which sees live music gigs performances popping up along Kensington St, Chippendale throughout Saturday September 2.
One of the most refreshing things the Fringe has always brought to Sydney’s stages is youth perspective, and this year curators were proud to announce that 60% of 2017’s Fringe artists are under the age of 30. There’s also plenty of familiar faces including comedian Gen Fricker, live podcast Dragon Friends, self-proclaimed “sex clown” Betty Grumble, interactive theatre troupe Mongrel Mouth, and music from Fringe Ambassador Tim Freedman.
For all the details on this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival, head to sydneyfringe.com