How Festivals Are Affecting Our Fringe Arts Scene

On last week’s show I discussed how the somewhat recent popularisation of festivals is affecting our fringe and alternative arts scene here in Australia, including festivals such as Tropfest, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe Festival and more. The effects that this popularisation of festivals has can be seen from both audience and artist perspectives, and varies from fringe arts moving away from the fringe and towards the mainstream, to fringe arts festivals still supporting alternative and fringe artists despite becoming mainstream, and giving them greater opportunity for exposure to large audiences.

Also, on the show I talked about some upcoming shows, events & festivals in Sydney:

First up at Belvoir Street Theatre the play Babyteeth is currently showing. It’s an original play by Rita Kalnejais who is better known as an actor but it’s her 2nd time writing a full-length production and it’s getting some wonderful reviews. The run ends on March 18th. Also, a really cool thing that they’re doing with it is having a captioned performance for those who are hard of hearing. The captions include not only standard captions on the screen but they are introducing mobile phone captioning as well and are the 2nd performance in the world to do so.

Babyteeth

Babyteeth at Belvoir Street Theatre

Additional Note: I just found out, after I initially posted this, that Belvoir is actually hosting a forum titled Playwriting: Breathing into brown paper bags in public toilets where the director of Babyteeth Eamon Flack will be talking to the “playwright Rita Kalnejais about where Babyteeth came from, what she’s learned as a playwright, and the process of putting it on stage.” It’s on this Sunday the 11th of March at 3pm and is FREE. For more info go here and to book tickets go here.

 

Another awesome event that’s going on at the moment is the Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park. If you’ve never been to an open air cinema it is something you are really missing out on. I went about a year ago for the first time and had such an amazing experience, so the Moonlight Cinema is really worth checking out. It’s going on until March 25th with screenings Tuesday through Sunday every week, including both new releases and some classics.

Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park

The Courtyard Sessions at the Seymour Centre is still going on. On the show, I talked about last week’s Courtyard Session which was the awesome Sydney-based duo MA. Coming up this week though, The Sculptures will be playing, another great band from Sydney. It’s a free event running from 6 – 9pm outside the Seymour Centre.

Courtyard Sessions

Courtyard Sessions at the Seymour Centre

To find out what else I had to say on festivals and fringe arts, subscribe to our podcast through iTunes by opening up the ‘Advanced’ menu bar, selecting ‘Subscribe to Podcast’ and pasting this URL into the dialogue box: http://www.cpod.org.au/feed.php?id=308.

I hope you can get out and enjoy some of the great artistic events Sydney has to offer in the near future and keep enjoying festivals!

Joel

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