Big crowd launches Bunbury Fringe

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Bunbury Fringe Festival organiser Jo O'Dea and Laughter Yoga organiser Tammie Reid get excited about the popular festival’s launch.
Camera IconBunbury Fringe Festival organiser Jo O'Dea and Laughter Yoga organiser Tammie Reid get excited about the popular festival’s launch. Credit: Sam Gibbs

More than 500 people gathered in the heart of the city for the launch of the popular Bunbury Fringe Festival on Friday night.

Event organiser Jo O’Dea said this year’s launch was a big success and was overwhelmed with positive feedback.

“The whole beginning has been fantastic and the feedback has been phenomenal, so I’m super happy,” Ms O’Dea said.

“I logged onto social media this morning and was overwhelmed by the feedback and the comments and I even had text messages this morning from people that went to shows and said ‘we are just loving fringe’.”

This year’s launch included a live band in the Fringe Garden before heading into the Fringe Hub for the first ticketed show.

Ms O’Dea said the aim of the opening night was to make sure everyone was together.

“We found it was a really good way to bring the community together and launch fringe and really make it more inclusive”

Ms O’Dea said the launch of the new free event Lost Letters at Cafe 140 has had an overwhelming response.

“This event has been exceptionally gorgeous because we were wondering how many people would write letters, but we’ve had huge support,” Ms O’Dea said.

Fringe festival continues throughout the week, with big name comedian Tim Ferguson to close the festival this Saturday night.

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