The 2016 Fringe Festival released details this week on the coming festival. The Fringe Ignite Launch Party will open the festival on Sat 3rd September with live music along Stanley Street in Darlinghurst from 3pm to 7pm the opening party will then continue at The Midnight Shift from 9pm with a Drag Disco.

The Festival will also be unveiling Sydney’s brand new creative arts precinct Off Broadway. The precinct launches on 11 September and will settle down to become a cultural hub in Sydney.

This year’s closing weekend hosts two huge events. Global Rhythms fills Bicentenial Park in Glebe with sounds from across the world by some of the country’s leading musicians, and international performance artist Honi Ryan returns to break last year’s record with the largest Silent Dinner Party at Paddington Town Hall. 2015’s Silent Dinner party was a sold out smash hit, inviting participants to become part of a living art installation.

Talking Arts and Theatre Now will again have a dedicated section for Fringe Interviews, Reviews and press releases so drop in on a regular basis to see what is happening.

Full Media release below and the full program, list of artists and ticketing information is at  http://sydneyfringe.com/

Highlights
Opening Weekend
· Sunday 3 September 3–7pm, Fringe Ignite – Festival launch party, Stanley St, Darlinghurst
· Saturday 3 September 5pm, The Return of Lost Souls + Eid Al-Fitr, Verona Cinema Oxford St
· Sunday 3 September 9pm, Drag Disco, The Midnight Shift
· Saturday 3 Sep 8.30pm, Mr OTT, Venue 505, Surry Hills
· Sunday 4 Sep, King Street Crawl, King Street, Newtown
· Sunday 4 Sep, Retro Disco, The Green Park, Darlinghurst

Special Events
· Thursdays & Fridays, 1 – 30 Sep, Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour, Observer Hotel Sydney
· Saturday 17 Sep, Death Do Us Part, The Imperial Hotel – Basement
· Saturday 17 Sep, 6pm, Silent Disco, Public House Petersham
· Thursdays 22 Sep, 7pm, Silent Disco, World Square

Kids & Family
· Friday 16 Sep, 6pm, Deadly Disco, Redfern Community Centre
· Sunday 18 Sep from 11am, Edwardian Picnic Day and Cricket Match, Camperdown Park
· Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 Sep, Cardistry Cubed, Old 505 Theatre
· Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 Sep, Wonderful Wall Hangings, 5 Eliza Street
· Tuesday 27 Sep, Yoganauts, Redfern Community Centre

Off Broadway
· Sunday 11 Sep 3–6pm, Off Broadway Precinct Launch, Gehrig Lane

Closing Weekend
· Saturday 24 Sep, 7pm, Silent Dinner Party, Paddington Town Hall
· Sunday 25 Sep, 12pm, Global Rhythms, Bicentennial Park, Glebe


Media Release:

Sydney, Australia: The Sydney Fringe Festival has released details and opened ticket sales for the full 2016 program, presented from 1 until 30 September at 46 partner venues across inner Sydney. The vibrant program includes more than 300 ticketed productions, spanning theatre, physical theatre and circus, music, comedy, visual art, film, cabaret, musical theatre, dance and spoken word.

Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, this year’s Festival takes to the streets with a ‘call to party’ activating the suburbs of Darlinghurst, Chippendale, Surry Hills, Redfern, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Annandale, Glebe, Newtown, Sydenham and St Peters. This year’s program also includes public forums, a picnic day, kids events and activities, and an entirely new creative precinct titled Off-Broadway.

The Fringe Ignite Launch Party celebrates the opening of the Festival on Saturday 3 September, presenting a series of live music gigs and performances from 3pm until 7pm along Stanley Street in Darlinghurst.  This event, curated by ARIA winning, Grammy nominated jazz pianist and composer Barney McAll, will see shops, bars and cafes along this iconic strip converted into free pop-up venues filled with live music and performances.  The Midnight Shift continues the party from 9pm with a Drag Disco, the first in a series of discos presented during the Festival including a Retro Disco on 4 September, family friendly Deadly Disco on 16 September and two Silent Discos on 17 & 22 September.

Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said: “The Festival is about discovering and experiencing new places, sounds, people and genres. We are excited to collaborate with APRA, the National Live Music Office, the City of Sydney and the Darlinghurst community for this  opening night extravaganza.”

The Sydney Fringe Festival presents over 50 theatre shows with highlights including Melita Rowson’s part TED talk, part comedic monologue The Giant Worm Show at the Old 505 Theatre following her hit performance at last year’s Festival 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly. Radical theatre show Queen Cxnt explores women’s sexual identity at The Midnight Shift while Erskineville Town Hall hosts Sarah Kane’s Crave.  At Kings Cross Theatre enter the magical world of Atlantis.

This year’s Fringe Festival music highlights include Tina Harrod & her All Star Quartet and the 17-piece Sirens Big Band who present their brand of exciting big band music at Venue 505. Venue 505 will also host Damien Wright who is considered to be at the forefront of flamenco guitar in Australia. Another highlight includes former Radio National Music Director Tim Ritchie’s Photographic Exhibition at Folonomo Gallery in Surry Hills. Tim will also be In Conversation, sharing stories of a now lost-Sydney: a pre-dawn world where memory rather than photos recall characters spilling out of long-defunct inner-city 80s clubs after his DJ sets.

Visual arts highlights include part fashion show, part exhibition, part crystal ball sARTorial, an interactive visual event marrying multimedia art and the next level of couture by showcasing Australia’s fresh, new and exciting young talent through a cutting edge display of wearable art. Sally Simpson presents ritual objects in Objects for an Unknown Future Museum at Stanley Street Gallery while Polixeni Papapetrou displays her photo series of girls festooned with flowers set against a floral backdrop. Award-winning photographer Zahn Pithers presents Australia Street Portraits from the Inner West, depicting the people from Australia Street in the Inner West of Sydney.

The Cabaret and Musical Theatre program will reveal numerous performances, including Lady Sings It Better where four women take on the western world’s most famous male musicians and reinvent them. The Physical Theatre and Circus program presents Love, Loss and Lattes, an exploration of one woman’s love of coffee, as well as First and Foremost Entertainment Award Brighton Fringe 2015 winner Elixir.

Dance highlights include two SYNZ award-winning New Zealand works, Pedal and Castles, which will spend a week in the Sydney Fringe Festival Touring Hub. Also appearing for two nights only in Sydney on their national tour is Melbourne City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Emerging Sydney choreographers Omer and Sharon Backley-Astrachan present two premieres TOHU and VALLEY that explore the universal behaviours of mankind and search for rawness in a world that grows numb.

The Sydney Fringe Festival will take over the newly refurbished Camperdown Park as well as recently opened Camperdown Commons with a huge program of events. On 18 September the park will take a step back in time for a Vintage Cricket Day Picnic, inviting families to enjoy a day with lunchtime cricket workshops for kids. At the Commons sci-fi stars Dean Haglund from X-Files and Andreea Kindryd from Star Trek will perform along with a great program of other comedy shows.

Fringe Kids has a huge program filling the September school holidays. Over the weekend of 24 and 25 September marvel at the young duo behind Cardistry Cubed or try your hand at arts and crafts at the Wonderful Wall Hangings workshop. Kids are encouraged to get active with Yoganauts at Redfern Community Centre, using four yoga superheros to guide children through the different benefits of yoga in a new and lively way.

Sydney Fringe Festival for the first time unveils brand new creative arts precinct Off Broadway. The precinct launches on 11 September with an afternoon curated by musician and Festival ambassador Elana Stone with free live music, the opening of the Stencil Art Prize, and food and drink. Warehouses, shopfronts, bars, pubs and spare spaces up the strip become home to a thriving community of local Independent artists. The precinct will continue to grow beyond September to become one of the City’s most important cultural assets.

This year’s closing weekend hosts two huge events. Global Rhythms fills Bicentenial Park in Glebe with sounds from across the world by some of the country’s leading musicians, and international performance artist Honi Ryan returns to break last year’s record with the largest Silent Dinner Party at Paddington Town Hall. 2015’s Silent Dinner party was a sold out smash hit, inviting participants to become part of a living art installation.

For the full program, list of artists and ticketing information please visit http://sydneyfringe.com/


Sydney Fringe Festival Venues List:
107 Projects; Ampersand Café Bookstore; Artereal Gallery; Arthouse Gallery; Artshine Gallery; Artsite Gallery; Camperdown Park; Canvas Bar; Depot Theatre; Egg of the Universe; Erskineville Town Hall; Eternity Playhouse; Giant Dwarf; Green Square Community Hall; Green Park Hotel; Kings Cross Theatre; Knox Street Bar; Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre; Lord Raglan; Marrickville Library; Marrickville Town Hall; Mr Falcon’s; New Theatre; Observer Hotel Sydney; Off Broadway Festival Hub; Old 505 Theatre; Pact Centre for Emerging Artists; Paddington Town Hall; Palace Verona; Public House Petersham; Redfern Community Centre; Slide Bar Sydney; Stanley Street Gallery; Stills Gallery Sydney; Subud Hall; Sydney Trapeze School; Tatler Sydney; The Bat and Ball Hotel; They Seymour Centre; The Factory Theatre; The Imperial Hotel; The Midnight Shift; The Newsagency; Venue 505; Verge Gallery and Wayside Chapel.