Perth's FRINGE WORLD will throw open its doors this Australia Day, January 26 and invite one and all inside to celebrate with a ’4 Day Weekend’ – a rolling series of free events to get Fringe started for 2012!
On Thursday the 26th of January, the doors will open to the Orchard and Treasure Chest free bars, to help Perth get into the spirit of the weekend and celebrate Australia Day. Surprising and enchanting, both the Treasure Chest and the Orchard will provide plenty to talk about for those who venture down!
On Friday night following Australia Day, Fringe World venues across the City will come alive with the first performances of the 2012 program. Barry Morgan’s World of Organs will play at the Perth Town Hall, while Bean, This is What We Do For a Living, Varie-trois and a whole heap of other great acts will perform in various rooms of the Treasury hub for the very first time. At the famous Spiegeltent, De Parel, Briefs, Die Roten Punkte and Peep will be amongst the first across the stage.
On the Saturday afternoon in the Perth Cultural Centre, there will be plenty to bring the family to, with Cranksters putting on a showcase of very hot Kustom vintage cars, a gathering of push-bike enthusiasts with Parts for Polo!, an Arctic Mini-Festival, Almost Arctic, a knitted cubby house to visit for a tea party, and performances in the Spiegeltent by Kids Cabaret Splat! and Shadow Puppet extraordinaire Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones.
On Sunday, come down and get a little bit crafty with Crafternoon in the Perth Cultural Centre, or relax in the Love2Read Café outdoor reading room, which will be set up outside the State Library from Jan 21 all the way through to Feb 26.
OnWilliam’s Laneway Night Markets will also be happening along Perth’s longest laneway stretch from the Cultural Centre up behind William Street on both Saturday and Sunday. Shop for the curious and creative as local artists and designers showcase their wares and sample tasty delights into the night.
FRINGE WORLD are also lucky enough to have the inaugural Perth Chinese New Year Fair happening on Sunday Jan 29 throughout Northbridge. This event, produced by the Chung Wah Association and the Chinese Community of Perth, will take place on James Street in Northbridge from noon to 9pm, with activities including stalls, street performances, lion and dragon dances, international photography exhibition and a multicultural concert.
FRINGE WORLD runs for 3 and a half weeks from Australia Day, right through to February 19, and with over 150 acts performing in over 30 venues, there is something to see for everyone. For the full program and to get tickets, visit www.fringeworld.com.au