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!