Slide into spring with some of the most spectacular arts festivals on show right across Australia. From the vibrant and alternative streets of Melbourne to the breathtaking swells on the beaches of Surfers Paradise, there is something for everyone this September.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
13-30th September / Melbourne, VIC
Bold, vibrant and bubbling with life, Melbourne Fringe Festival is back with over 440 events, 3,358 artists and 150 venues in an outstanding celebration of independent arts. From the 13-30 September, the city will become a creative playground filled with a diverse program of events that capture every artform imaginable. From the fantastical Sammy J – The 50 Year Show, a time-travelling, death defying theatrical experiment; to Queen of the Night, a glorious celebration of all things Whitney Houston by Little Ones Theatre, the world of art lay at your feet this spring. Prepare to head on an artistic adventure through the bustling streets of Australia’s premier arts capital. More information and tickets can be found HERE.
Sydney Fringe Festival
1 – 30th September / Sydney, NSW
Unveiling it’s most ambitious program yet, the Sydney Fringe Festival is prepared to leap through the suburbs of Sydney. Presenting creative phenomenons rearing from the local streets onto the global stage, the festival is bursting with over 120 World premieres, 142 Australian premieres and 172 Sydney premieres across the 1st to the 30th of September. It all thrillingly launches with FRIGHT IGNITE, curated by the astounding award-winning musician Thelma Plum, the event will be taking over the Oxford Street Precinct. Prepared to fuel Sydney’s creative buzz, events will range from pop-up cabaret, curated theatre and musical performances. There will also be pop up performance spaces and so much more across the city. Highlighting the creative heart of the tourist hub, the festival is an unmissable experience. The full program and ticketing details are available on their website HERE.
8 – 29th September / Brisbane, QLD
Brimming with big-name acts, world premieres and a spectacular new light and sound show on the river, Brisbane is prepared to explode with artistic flare this September. With over 600 performances, 17 venues and more than 1,000 artists, the festival which runs from the 8-29th of September will ignite the city in a visual feast of luminescence and life. Matching up homegrown talent Ball Park Music and Violet Soho, concerts of Benjamin Britten‘s masterpiece Peter Grimes starring Stuart Skelton, and with Eskimo Joe teaming up with Brisbane Chamber Camerata, this festival is action packed and alive with artistic flame. Want to join in on the experience? Ticketing details and the full program can be accessed via Brisbane Festival’s website.
Red Earth Arts Festival
31 Aug – 9th September / Karratha, WA
Taking advantage of their brand new Red Earth Arts Precinct as a prime venue, this creative and innovative festival in the city of Karratha, Western Australia will be kicking off on the 31st of August and running till the 9th of September. And let us tell you, this artistic and cultural exploration is thoroughly worth experiencing! Whether it be the accomplished Modern Maori Quartet or cultural exchange show, Tjaabi-Flood Country, the festival is overflowing with events to be become immersed in. Looking for something for the younger ones? The festival’s junior festivities include trampoline experience Legs on the Wall for all those hyper active kiddos. A perfect family friendly event buzzing with acts to absorb, tickets and more information can all be found HERE.
Swell Sculpture Festival
14 – 23rd September / Currumbin, QLD
Connecting people, art and place the Swell Sculpture Festival erupts on the Gold Coast, and is an established cultural and artistically spirited event that delights hundred of thousands of visitors every year. Running from the 14th to the 23rd of September, this whimsical event brings sculptors, visual artists, musicians and creatives from all across the globe to enjoy events such as sculpting masterclasses with Phillip Piperides, free guided twilight walks, life drawing sessions and so many other incredible artistic experiences. Come face to face with awe inspiring sculptures and inspiring artists this spring. More information about this spectacular event can be found on the Swell Sculpture Festival website.
Header Image: Swell Sculpture Festival