About Us

What is Bunbury Fringe?

In the grand tradition of Fringe festivals all over the world, we’re bringing a selection of cutting edge, diverse, eclectic shows from all over Australia – to you!

Featuring everything from stand up, music, improv, comedic theatre, poetry and storytelling, Fringe celebrates art forms that are slightly left-of-centre and provides a place for audiences to experience the magic, the delights to be found in the different.

The Fringe HQ will pop up once again behind Good Earth Surf Shop, as what is usually a warehouse space transforms into a multi faceted performance space. Expect something new each night – perhaps you’ll find smoky underground club vibes, or perhaps a wonderland of colour! Surprise and wonder are always on the menu at Fringe…

Our lush Fringe Garden will be open throughout the Festival, luring in passers-by with swell sounds, the scent of cooking food, and twinkling lights – we say, come one, come all! We’ll even have a fully licensed bar in operation featuring local wines, beers and more (including craft cocktails created by the South West’s very best mixologists) – there’ll be no better place to start a summer evening out on the town, trust us!

The very best thing for you to do, we think, is to make sure you’re following along on our journey via social media – that way, as SOON as tickets, acts, events, and happenings happen, you’ll know all about it!

How Did It All Begin?

Fringe Festivals are not a new concept, but it takes guts and vision to get one off the ground in a regional Australian City. Joel McGuiness, director of JAM Creative, was that person. In collaboration with Kelsie Miller from Always Good Nights, Bunbury Fringe was launched in 2017, with 24 shows/events/workshops in 5 local venues. The response was overwhelming, and with artists such as Peter Rowsthorn, Damian Callinan, Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer the Festival was firmly anchored in the cultural program of Bunbury Geographe.

In 2018 Jo O’Dea joined the team, along with Dixon and Smith, Sarahjane Bilston and Renee Morrison. In this second year, the Fringe Garden evolved, adding another element to Bunbury Fringe, with a pop-up bar, food all night and DJ’s to see audiences through to midnight. With a free Street Party, comedy at the Rose Hotel, and a number of pop up venues, the programme was a match to any Fringe.

Thanks to Joel and Kelsie, the faith and commitment of sponsors the City of Bunbury and Alcoa, and the incredibly supportive patrons of Fringe, the event launches into its third year. We’re incorporated, we’re a committee of dedicated, passionate people, and we’re ready to ‘Rock the Fringe’ in twenty nineteen!

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