The Sydney Fringe Festival is upon us again, taking over Sydney for the entire month of September. In the nooks and crannies of Sydney, pop-up venues and cultural hotspots will give host to many different events, classes and shows such as award winning plays, comedy, burlesque, music, visual arts, and much more. Check out our list of must-sees at the Sydney Fringe, and get ready to let your freak flag fly!
Erskineville Town Hall
Erskineville will be the main festival hub this September, hosting many of the events in their prestigious Town Hall. Coopers and The Erskineville Hotel will be presenting a 1920’s-style speakeasy bar, so get ready to party like The Great Gatsby into the early hours of the morning. You will find many pop-up performance spaces along Erskineville Road, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant, bohemian vibe of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, NSW 2043
Late Night Libraries
In the day, libraries are places of quiet solitude. But after dark, the Libraries of Sydney become arenas of the arts. Enjoy art after hours thanks to Late Night Libraries in Erskineville, Newtown and the Kings Cross Libraries. Amongst the aisles of literary greats like Truman Capote to JK Rowling, the Festival holds a great array of events you would not expect to see down at the library. They are holding a Battle of the Bands (with a twist) and even have a night celebrating love songs and stories about public libraries, as well as many other comedy shows and plays.
Bookings available on the Sydney Fringe website
“Carmen” By Melbourne City Ballet
Bitzet’s Carmen is given a neoclassical reinterpretation in the performance by Melbourne City Ballet, a non-for-profit ballet company. Melbourne City Ballet are all about neoclassical ballet, a more geometrical, obscure interpretation of classical ballet. They combine these elements, with the famous opera to produce what has been described as a “bold take” by critics. Carmen follows the journey of city policeman Don Jose as he returns home to marry, but a seductive gypsy leads him astray. The events prove tragic. Led by Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo, the Melbourne City Ballet brings their top form to Sydney Fringe. Make sure to bring the tissues!
Bookings at the Seymour Centre here.
City Road, Chippendale NSW 2008.
Yoke Pop-Up Magazine Events
YOKE Magazine is all about art, culture and the ancient philosophy of yoga. To celebrate the Fringe Festival, they are holding a POPUP Magazine, that aims to literally bring their pages to life. In their Superhero Kids Yoga class, they teach kids the benefits of yoga through an obstacle course format. The Ultimate Balancing Class is for the busy mums of Sydney, for advice on how to achieve a good work-life balance. Check out the ‘Your Gut Feeling’ event, held at the wholefood cafe Egg of the Universe in Rozelle. The event will teach us how we can eat more mindfully, help our bodies and the environment, which will be led by medical experts and food gurus. Which of course, includes eating some delicious food from Egg of The Universe.
5 Eliza Street Newtown, more affectionately known as 5 Eliza, is the heart of Sydney’s arts scene. Previously a library, recreation room and lecture hall, it now acts as a custom theatre and cocktail bar for the Fringe Festival. The 505 team, performers from The Old 505 Theatre and Venue 505 in Surry Hills, will be performing their favourite shows at the famous 5 Eliza in honour of their 10th birthday. This includes winner of the 2015 NZ Fringe Festival Best Stand Up and Writing Awards, Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015, presented by NZ comedian Johnny Pott.
Buy tickets for Loose and all the other shows, click here
5 Eliza Street, Newtown NSW 2042