Following the rising number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales, the Sydney Fringe Festival has cancelled its 2021 season – but there’s a bright side for those still wanting to enjoy some festival favourites.
Renowned for being the state’s largest independent arts festival, the Sydney Fringe will be missed by Sydneysiders with its cancellation impacting over 1500 local artists and 40 venues.
The Fringe is now working to raise funds in support of the affected artists through the Create NSW Performing Artists COVID support package. For those wanting to support the festival for its grand return in 2022, the We’ll Fringe Again campaign allows the community to ‘purchase a ticket’ which will go into a fund to promote and support artists for the next year’s festival.
Interested? The campaign will launch at 6pm on August 6 via the Sydney Fringe website and Facebook page, with the free virtual event showcasing performances from cabaret performer Alice Terry, comedian AJ Lamarque, and dancer Lucky Lartey.
Kerry Glasscock, director and CEO of the Fringe has said, “This funding is a lifeline for the artists and producers we work with who have previously slipped through the cracks of Government support and will go a long way to ensuring that Sydney Fringe can return in strength in 2022 bringing with it the immense cultural and economic impact it generates.”