FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021 - May Update

Published: Thu, May 21 2020
Posted in Fringe News


Hello FRINGE WORLD Friends, fans and artists.

We want to give you an update as to how plans for the 2021 FRINGE WORLD Festival are progressing in light of COVID-19.

We are currently still in the strategic planning phase of the 2021 Festival and are developing a range of scenarios and modelling a range of Festival sizes.

The only scenario that the organisation is NOT considering is not presenting the FRINGE WORLD Festival in 2021. 

Public health considerations and government restrictions are the main factors that shape the Festival’s modelling alongside considerations as to what size Festival will be right for the city/state, what sort of Festival will be right for local artists, and what will be right for local businesses. 

ARTRAGE, the presenter of FRINGE WORLD, also produces two temporary cinemas that activate and enhance our community. Alongside modelling plans for the 2021 Festival, we are also developing revised timelines and plans for the cinemas (i.e. Rooftop Movies and Girls School Cinema) so that they can be implemented once relevant COVID-19 restriction changes are greenlit.

The state of Western Australia has been fortunate to have had good government action to COVID-19 and the resulting positive community behaviour has meant that WA Premier Mark McGowan announced on 10 May 2020 that the state will be easing restrictions and moving into Phase 2.

Phase 2 changes to restrictions will see indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings of up to 20 people allowed and dine-in meal service's resumed. Social distancing and a 4 square metre per person capacity rule remains. This is still a long way from any type of business as normal scenario as we knew it, however it is a positive sign for WA.

We hope the Governments update in June for Phase 3 of WA's roadmap will allow us to provide further information regarding FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021.

Until then, stay safe.

For further information on WA's roadmap for the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions, click here.