Art & Design

Our guide to the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival

By Anna May
28th Aug 2014

September is almost upon us, which means the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival will soon be in full swing giving us a full month of the artiest, fartiest program you could dream up. The festival will feature over 300 ticketed productions, and we encourage you to go in and check out the latest local talent in the creative villages on show. We're donning our berets and horn-rimmed glasses to show our support for local artists.

From theatre to music, comedy, film and even circus, the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival offers something for everyone's inner performer. This is one event you can add to your list of cultural things to do in Sydney. Excited? Us too. Here are our picks for the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival.

Fringe Ignite Festival Launch Party  | Crown Street, Surry Hills

The Festival will begin with a street party in the hub of all things trending in Sydney: Crown Street in Surry Hills. Stroll down the strip and enjoy one of the many live music performances hosted by The Standard Store, The White Horse, Ampersand Café & Book Store, and many others. See you there!

When: 31 August; 4pm till 8pm

Foley Street Lane Way | Foley Street, Darlinghurst

Kicking off the first weekend of the festival, this is the perfect excuse to revisit your favourite bars, cafes, and restaurants in Darlinghurst while ogling the many street performers. Going with the French theme, there's an entire van dedicated to crepes; and you know what that means… All the Nutella! You're welcome.

When: 5 - 6 September; 6pm till 12am; 7 September; 4pm till 10pm

A Night With Melbourne City Ballet | Commune Studios, Marrickville

Heading to the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival after sold-out performances in Melbourne, the bendy band of dancers at Melbourne City Ballet are putting on three shows at Commune Studios in Marrickville. The performance will give Sydneysiders a taste of their upcoming works, and will no doubt put our Friday night dancing attempts to serious shame!

When: 12 September; 7pm; 13 September; 1:30pm & 7pm

Sydney Rock 'n' Roll Alternative Market | Manning Bar

Rockabillies will arrive in droves to this part market, part music festival, part meeting place at The University of Sydney's Manning Bar. For a cheeky $5 you can spend the day sifting through vintage fashion, accessories, records and plenty more while admiring the sea of Dickies, polka dots and quiffs. It'll be a great day to enjoy some live music, too.

When: 14 September; 10:30am – 5:30pm

The Chaser's Empty Vessel | Giant Dwarf, Redfern
It's early days, but those cheeky Chaser boys are back and have managed to pull off this event without a lawsuit (yet). Check them out at Giant Dwarf in Redfern for an evening of tongue-in-cheek discussion about, well, whatever comes up.

When: 19 September; 8pm

Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads | Golden Age Cinema & Bar

We won't lie, we've sung every word to Burning Down the House in the confines of the car and, admit it, you have too. Head to Golden Age Cinema & Bar and relive the classics tunes in the concert film that has been hailed as 'close to perfection' by The New Yorker. Plus, Golden Age Cinema & Bar have film-themed cocktails, bar snacks and Messina sundaes… Priorities, people!

When: 27 September; 6:30pm & 9pm

Fringe Film Competition

Fancy yourself a mini Martin Scorsese or a Tarantino-in-training? The Sydney Fringe Festival is hosting a short film competition this year, and they want you to submit your best attempt at a moving arthouse film or blockbuster smash. You can use your phone, tablet or camera, just make sure you stick to the theme: 'Open Your Eyes' – saaaah arty.

Entries close 15 September; finalists will be screened at Giant Dwarf on 29 September.

For a whole mess of other events and productions happening at the 2014 Sydney Fringe Festival, check out the full program here.

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