Perth, you’re about to get your yearly dose of culture because the 2016 Fringe World Festival is almost upon us—and we are freakin’ excited. With the event now in its sixth year, the festival is set to be bigger than ever with new venues, more award-winning shows and plenty happening around the outskirts of Perth and even as far up the coast as Geraldton.
Kicking off on 22 January and running until 21 February, Perth peeps will be treated to more fringey goodness than we’ll know what to do with. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Fringe World Festival.
Fringe World Festival Hot Tips
- See all of the shows! Especially the Homegrown Heroes because it’s important to support WA’s local talent!
- Buy tickets early so you don’t miss out on the must-see shows on your list.
- Remember to bring photo identification as most venues at Fringe World are licenced (there are some under 18 events but patrons must be accompanied by an adult).
- It’s recommended to arrive one hour before show time for maximum enjoyment. This will allow you enough time to park, walk to the venue and have a pre-show bevvy. Better yet, catch an Uber and you can get dropped off right where you need to be!
- Bring cash. There will be delish eats and drinks available at all venues! If you forget, an ATM won’t be far away… but wouldn’t you rather be enjoying a refreshing drink rather than lining up at an ATM?
Tickets can be purchased online or from any of the Fringe World Box Offices located around town—at the Perth Cultural Centre, WA Museum Courtyard, Russell Square, The Esplanade and Woodside Plaza. Cheaper RushTix will be available for select shows, but if there is something you really want to see don’t risk it, buy tickets now!
The Main Venues
PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE
Fringe World returns to the Perth Cultural Centre in 2016 and the Museum Gardens will be home to the LA SOIRÉE Spiegeltent, last year’s crowd favourite. The Perth Cultural Centre is also where you will find the Fringe World Orchard, bars, food trucks, the Fringe World Box Office and the Set For Life Experience where you can get pampered, drink mocktails and chillout.
Head down to Russell Square for the Fringe World Pleasure Garden where you’ll find the Big Top, Teatro’s 1 and 2, The West Australian Spiegletent, Comedy Shack and Casa Mondo. It will also be home to the Get Lost Maze, the Fringe World mermaids, Nova 93.7’s Ping Pong Parlour, a silent disco, box office, bars, markets and food vendors. Oh, and there’ll also be a soft serve ice cream bar. Winning! It’s safe to say you haven’t experienced fringe until you have been to The Pleasure Garden.
Elizabeth Quay will open with a bang with the launch of the Fringe World Fairground! From 29 January to 6 March the Fairground brings a huge outdoor roller rink to Perth and is also home to the Palais Des Glaces Spiegletent which will host one of Fringe’s hottest shows, Limbo. For the first two weeks in the evenings Perth will be treated to a floating laser, light and sound spectacular on the Swan. There will also be sideshow games, carnival amusements, vintage displays, tea parties, picnics, dress-up competitions, showbags and an outdoor dance floor.
CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Central Institute of Technology will once again host Noodle Palace as part of the Fringe World Festival this year. Punters can expect six theatres, a rooftop bar, hawker food supplied by El Publico and Kung Food and more than 450 fringe shows.
Fringe World festivities return to Fremantle, Midland, Victoria Park, Mandurah and Scarborough, and this year it will also be invading Wanneroo, North Perth, Mount Hawthorn, Mount Lawley, Como and Wooroloo!
For more information on Fringe World, the shows and how to buy tickets check out their website.
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