Sydney Fringe Festival cancels for a second year

The Sydney Fringe has cancelled this year’s festival following the ongoing lockdown, leaving more than 1500 local artists and 40 venues impacted.

“We are absolutely devastated to be cancelling a second festival,” Sydney Fringe Festival director and CEO Kerri Galsscock said.

“The impacts of this pandemic continue to wreak havoc on our sector. The resilience, passion, dedication, ingenuity and stoicism the independent arts community has shown over these past 18 months has been remarkable, and the quality of work they had produced for this year’s festival was exceptional despite all they had gone through.

“It is an immense shame that Sydney will not get to see this program this year, and that the city will lose the vital cultural and economic impact the festival brings each year.”

Sydney Fringe is now looking to secure new funding to support affected artists under the Create NSW Performing Arts COVID Support Package.

In addition, Sydney Fringe has launched a new We’ll Fringe Again fundraising campaign, which asks the public to ‘buy a ticket’ to the cancelled festival to support their 2022 festival.