8 Memorable Moments from 2018

Published: Mon, Feb 26 2018
Posted in Fringe News

We hope you had an amazing time at the 2018 FRINGE WORLD Festival!

Perth’s most popular festival wrapped up on Sunday 25 February after entertaining hundreds of thousands of people with 31 days of incredible culture and entertainment.

The third largest Fringe in the world, FRINGE WORLD 2018 was truly epic with more than 750 events from international and local artists performing at almost 130 venues across the city.

Here are 8 of our most memorable moments from the 2018 Festival.

Photo: Logy on Fire by John Marshall

1. Families at The Pleasure Garden

The Pleasure Garden is Perth's favourite Fringe playground and this year’s family-friendly program was a huge hit with young kids, mums, dads and bubs.

The FRINGE WORLD Mermaids presented new shows including The Sprites and The Splash Zone, and the free program Little Pleasures every weekend meant that The Pleasure Garden was everyone’s favourite family Fringe hang-out zone.


Photo: Backdoor Cabaret by Alex Mansour

2. Our WA artists

FRINGE WORLD is the platform for talented local artists and performers - our Homegrown Heroes - to showcase their wares to WA audiences and 61% of the more than 3,700 artists participating in 2018 were Western Australian.

Thousands of tickets were purchased to WA events and many WA shows received a FRINGE WORLD Award.

Thanks to Woodside for helping us shine the light on our Homegrown Heroes.


Photo: Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tour by Amy King

3. Silent Disco

From dancing in a vintage lion’s cage at The Showman’s Fair, to dancing like nobodies watching on the streets of Northbridge – Silent Disco was weird and wonderful this Fringe.


Photo: The Showman's Fair by Wade Ranson

4. The Showman’s Fair

The Showman’s Fair at the Urban Orchard was a mini-festival within a festival. It was a sensory overload with surprising and delightful mini-shows and the Showman’s Dinner was a long table dining experience unlike anything else Perth has seen before.


Photo: LeedyPalooza - Dancin’ in the Street

5. Leedypalooza

This new hub in Leederville featured more than 60 events including Unfair Day and Dancin’ in the Street, bringing some pink fringe flair to the streets of Leedy.


Photo: Springtime by Wade Ranson

6. City of Perth FRINGE WORLD Buskers Weekender

The City malls came alive from 2 to 4 Feb with wild performances from around the world.

It was busking entertainment, but not as you know it!

Congratulations to Zane from Colossal who achieved his Guinness World Record Attempt for most number of balls juggled while suspended upside down on a trapeze. Wow!

Photo by Josie Nolan

7. Ticket Self-Collects

Thanks to Principal Supporter Lotterywest, this year FRINGE WORLD tickets could be printed at multiple venues around the city.

Conveniently located at Lotterywest outlets, Fringe venues and other shopping venues around Perth, they allowed you to print your own tickets well in advance of the show.

They were super speedy, and super handy!


8. Bumper CBD program    

This year more than ever before, the City CBD was bursting at the seams with Fringe entertainment.

You couldn’t walk more than a few steps without discovering another Fringe venue including some new programs to Fringe 2018 such as the Palace Society program in some of your favourite venues throughout the King and Queen Streets precinct plus The Lucky Cat program at The Perth Town Hall.

Ace’s Cabaret program at His Majesty’s Theatre was again a wonderful highlight and featured a new performance venue, the King’s Lair, which thanks to its bumper Fringe season will now be a regular performance space year-round for emerging cabaret artists – what fun!



Thanks to the support of Principal Partner Woodside, FRINGE WORLD was able to create the website FringeFeed.com.au

This site was the new home of Fringe reviews and in total more than 600 show reviews were published, helping people choose what to see at the Fringe.

We look forward to Fringing with you again in 2019!