The Sydney Fringe and Sydney Festival have jointly announced that at the conclusion of the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival (a new 16 day arts bash heading to Sydney's inner west from September 10) a $2,500 cash Independent Artist Prize will be presented to one of the festival entrants.

The prize will be jointly judged by Sydney Festival director Lindy Hume and Sydney Fringe director Kris Stewart.

“Lindy helped launch the Sydney Fringe in January and it’s fantastic news that Sydney Festival is providing a prize that recognizes the degree of talent in the independent sector”, Stewart said.

The prize will be awarded for the best independent Sydney Fringe production by an Australian artist or company.

“This is an early opportunity for the two festivals to collaborate," says Hume. "The fringe arts will serve as an incubator for the more popular arts and culture and this is a way of demonstrating that relationship, as well as reinforcing the important roles both the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Festival can play in the Sydney arts ecosystem.”

Approximately 1200 artists will take part in more than 200 works across the program, in art forms ranging from theatre and music to film and digital arts, showcasing the independent artists who live and work in the city fringe and celebrating the irreverence and rebelliousness of Sydney’s creative community.

The complete Sydney Fringe program will be announced on August 1, the day tickets go on sale.

The Sydney Fringe 10–26 September 2010

Sydney Festival 8-30 January 2011 (program released in early November)

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