Fringe showcase set to be best yet

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Event organiser, Jo O’Dea prepares for Bunbury Fringe Festival’s biggest and best year yet.
Camera IconEvent organiser, Jo O’Dea prepares for Bunbury Fringe Festival’s biggest and best year yet. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Bunbury’s Fringe Festival is back for another year and organisers say it is set to be bigger and better than ever.

With more than 30 shows ranging from dance, music and stand-up comedy in 10 venues across the city, the popular festival will once again take over the town.

Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea said the event was set to be the best festival yet.

“We have definitely got a lot more shows and we’ve got a lot more free events this year than we did last year,” Ms O’Dea said.

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A new headline act has also been announced in the shape of comedian Tim Ferguson, and alongside the return of Melbourne artist Mojo-Juju, the showcase is lining up to be another big success.

“They are really good examples of international-standard artists that Australia is proud to call their own and Bunbury is really proud to have them here,” Ms O’Dea said.

A new addition to the Fringe line up is what’s known as a ‘fringe binge’ and includes three shows in one.

Ms O’Dea said they’re huge benefits to the Fringe Binge and is a great concept to seeing a lot more shows.

“First of all you save money, secondly your night is organised because what we have found in the past is people would go to one show then would want to see a second and a third,” Ms O’Dea said

“Once you’ve had a taste you always want to see more, so the benefits of fringe binge your guaranteed to go and to attend and its a big money saver.”

The festival will run from February 1 for nine days in venues across the city including the Fringe Hub at the Good Earth Surf Shop.

Cafe 140 will also be among the venues hosting free events — in their case Lost Letters, which encourages people to take a step back in time and to write a letters to each other.

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