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World Class selection of Arts to hit town for Bunbury Fringe Festival 2024

Claudette RizziBunbury Herald
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Nine days of world-class artistic performances and events is set to enrich the Bunbury arts scene at the annual Fringe Festival.

Fringe has nearly arrived for 2024 with a mix of music, theatre, dance and film screenings on the unique side set to please South West audiences this summer.

Artistic director Jo O’Dea said about 5000 people are expected to engage with the shows, garden gigs and buddy events and ticket sales indicate this will happen.

“The comedy gala is always a highlight and is now heavily booked,” she said.

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“In addition we have some incredible WA music with Jaime Jackett, Zero Emcee, Ra Ra Viper and South Summit.

“It is such a privilege to showcase the many styles of WA music on offer in our beautiful Alcoa Big top.”

The festival started early with the launch of Garden Gigs - a series of free gigs for the community to get a taste of what Fringe Festival has to offer.

“We were blown away by the response to the first Garden Gigs,” Ms O’Dea said.

“Over 200 people per night came through the garden enjoying fantastic DJs and bands.”

Newer editions to the line-up include some international acts such as Helios by Wright and Granger and Only Bones v1.9.

“Both shows are direct from the UK and offer unique experiences in a small 100-seat theatre,” she said.

“Expect spoken word and a struggle through a maze of shape shifting.

“We just encourage people to engage in any way possible, whether it is spreading the word, attending a show, a free event, or simply enjoying the garden.

“BF has a strong focus on supporting our regional and stage artists as well as ensuring all parts of our community can seek out an event or activity to suit them.

“Art makes people happy and we want to make people happy.”

Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel said the City of Bunbury has sponsored the Bunbury Fringe Festival since it launched in 2017.

“Bunbury Fringe was once again a successful recipient of the City of Bunbury 2023-2024 Grant Program in the Signature Events category with the city contributing $35,000 to the running of this year’s event,” Mr Miguel said.

“I encourage everyone to attend Bunbury Fringe and would like to applaud the hard-working team led by artistic director Jo O’Dea for making this event so iconic.

“See you in the Fringe Garden.”

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