The Sydney Fringe Festival: A Celebration of Independent Arts

Front row the Marvellous Elephant Man adelaide fringe 2023 © IMAGE CONSTRUCTION 242

Sydney is about to burst with colour and creativity as the Sydney Fringe Festival, the city’s largest independent arts festival, gets underway this week. With a staggering array of over 400 events spread across 12 festival hubs, the city will be taken over by a dynamic program until the 30th of September.

The festival kicks off with Fringe Ignite on the 2nd of September, featuring an electrifying lineup headlined by the iconic Rogue Traders, along with live performances by The Great West, False London, MUNGMUNG, PEPTALK and DJ Victoria Anthony. Spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, street festivals, literature and poetry, the Sydney Fringe Festival is set to deliver an unforgettable offering of art and entertainment.

The Spiegeltent Festival Garden is set to transform the Entertainment Quarter from the 31st of August to the 1st of October, with its centerpiece being the much-anticipated comedy, The Marvelous Elephant Man the Musical. The Sideshow will activate The Rocks with intimate shows of comedy, theatre, music, and immersive performance. The Sydney Fringe Cabaret Club returns with a program of fabulous cabaret shows, featuring Australian cabaret legend Naomi Eyers’ show GlamourPussy & The Hip Replacements.

The festival’s first-ever Dance Hub will be hosted at the Neilson Studio at Sydney Dance Company from 14 – 16 September, while the Music Hub will transform the basement of the Marrickville Town Hall into a cosy listening haven across the month. The lineup includes Billie McCarthy, Green Mohair Suits, The Versace Boys x Gimme Gimme, Godriguez, and Bower.

FEAST at Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Thursday 14 September promises a sumptuous night of storytelling, laughter, and Filipino food, hosted by Chinese-Australian writer, comedian, and food enthusiast Jennifer Wong. Made in Sydney is back from 5 – 9 September at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, featuring locally made works by Sydney’s most exciting independent theatre-makers and artists.

LIMITLESS micro-festival celebrates d/Deaf and disabled artists, with a dedicated hub at 107 Redfern from 5 – 16 September. Acoustic Ritual is back at George Place from 7 – 28 September, featuring a series of free morning concerts. On 30 September, the final night of the festival, audiences can immerse themselves in an explosion of Caribbean culture for the official closing party Caribe Carnival.

For more information and a complete list of all Sydney Fringe Festival events, visit Get ready to be captivated by a month-long celebration of independent arts in the heart of Sydney.