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orget what you think you know about Wollongong, it’s not all sand and waves (well it is that too, but it’s also so much more) & we want to show it off to the world! Brought to you by the fine folks behind the Yours and Owls Festival and Destination Wollongong we present to you, in its inaugural year, the 2016 Wollongong Fringe Festival!

Starting with the idea to celebrate Wollongong’s thriving cultural scene, by taking all the hidden gems and wealth of talent in the area and celebrating it together in one electric week of arts and wonder, taking over the town in all its thunderous & colourful beauty. The Wollongong Fringe Festival is anchored around the Yours and Owls Festival but by adding the fringe elements allowed the festival’s promoter to include a broader range of events and experiences that appeal to a wider audience – further shinning an even brighter light on Wollongong!

A note from Ben Tillman, promoter of Yours and Owls and The Wollongong Fringe Festival “It is both a celebration of what is going on within Wollongong, and also a perfect platform that allows us to bring some of the most interesting ideas and showcase them to an entirely new audience. This is us confirming Wollongong as a creative hub, a travel destination and a city that can and will host an internationally renown fringe festival – our way!”

Destination Wollongong general manager Mark Sleigh said The Wollongong Fringe Festival was set to become a creative lightning rod for the region. “Yours and Owls has curated an edgy, authentic program that is sure to pique the interest of the creative sector and challenge some of the out-dated perceptions of Wollongong. The fringe festival is an exciting venture that can evolve and expand over coming years on the national stage and become synonymous with the region.”

From Wollongong’s Art Precinct to the Planetarium, The Fringe Festival program is 9 full days of unexpected experimental and interactive discovery for locals and visitors alike. The festival will open with an opening night party in Wollongong’s Art Precinct, following on with a showcase of local and international cult classics under the stars nightly, a 90’s night including tunes, trivia and an official pinball tournament hosted by the undisputed kings of 90’s morning TV Ryan & Jade from Cheese TV! The ‘gong will play host to an evening with everyone’s favourite hip scientist Dr. Karl, a preview of the trippy art installation Moon Beach, a theatrical and multi-media adaptation of local cartoonist Pat Grant’s award-winning graphic novel Blue, and a special night at the movies with the man himself, David Stratton. Plus, markets, a tonne of live music, art, theatre, experimental digital, tech installations and workshops. The Fringe Festival wraps up with the biggest party of them all, the Yours and Owls festival and the mini festival if you’re under 18!

This is just to name a few of the wonderfully whacky things happening in Wollongong over late September into October. The program will be growing check for more info, events & tickets.

Why not make a holiday out of The Fringe Festival and get lost in Wollongong? There are plenty of incredible accommodation options throughout the city for everyone’s taste and budget, from hostels, romantic beachside B&B’s to leisure resorts Wollongong’s got you!

WHEN: 23/09/2016 - 03/10/2016 (All Day Event)
WHERE: Wollongong

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