Sydney Fringe Festival

A brilliant mix of sights, tastes and sounds – the annual Sydney Fringe Festival is back with all its bohemian glory.

By Benjamen Judd

Kicking off on Saturday, September 1 and running for the entire first month of Spring, the Sydney Fringe Festival is a collection of creative events that run against the humdrum of the mainstream. 

Originally hosted around the edges of Sydney proper in the hip suburbs of the Inner West (Newtown, Enmore, Erskinville and Petersham) the event has expanded out to include the city’s original counter culture regions – Darlinghurst, Redfern, Surry Hills and even parts of the CBD. 

The Fringe Festival prides itself on opening up the weird and wonderful underground and dragging it into the light. Drag discos, silent discos, art exhibitions and performances will be happening daily. Or nightly, depending on what you’re after.


Now in its seventh year, the Fringe has become a cultural icon for those seeking sensations that challenge and provoke new ideas as much as they entertain. 

A diversity-embracing event that welcomes everyone and anyone, it’s must-do for anyone who really wants to see the real Sydney. 

Some of the big drawcards this year include Global Rhythms – a waterside concert held in Glebe with world music; and the Silent Dinner at Paddington Town Hall, where you can enjoy a delicious feast while taking part in a living, breathing – silent – piece of performance art. 

While many of the events are free, some are ticketed with limited spaces so make sure to book ahead. 

For more information on the Sydney Fringe Festival, locations and attractions, head to their website. 

The Sydney Fringe Festival will run from September 1 until September 30.

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