Fringe World is a celebration of death-defying moves and awe-inspiring acrobatics mixed with hilarity and experimentation — and it is about to take over WA.
Fringe regulars and WA locals Tarrabelle and Rusty from Zap Circus love the energy the festival creates.
“It’s a beautiful atmosphere,” Tarrabelle said.
“All the hub areas like Fremantle and Midland, they’ve all got great vibes, but there is something about being down at The Pleasure Garden.”
The dynamic duo will be performing in Cathedral Cabaret at St George’s Cathedral and their performance embraces the Fringe spirit.
“Expect some good, high energy, some powerful acrobatics, fire-eating, a bit of hula hooping, contortion, a little bit of everything,” Tarrabelle said.
“We like to keep ourselves on our toes and our audience on the edge of their seat.
“We love to play off the audience, we love to live improv a little bit.”
Fringe opens on Friday with an action-packed program of more than 100 events over the Australia Day long weekend.
At the Supreme Court Gardens, an all-ages celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a free event on Friday from 3pm.
The Blue Room Theatre is presenting Housewarming on Saturday from 9pm to celebrate the start of its Summer Nights program.
There is a One Day Festival in Fremantle at the Esplanade Reserve on Sunday from 2pm.
The family-friendly and free community event is a celebration of Australia’s multicultural diversity and passion for our country.
The following weekend, street performers take over the city malls as part of the City of Perth Buskers Weekender. The event features the biggest free program the festival has presented.
As well as the festive fun in The Pleasure Garden and Fringe Central at the Perth Cultural Centre, there are many new venues to explore.
Noodle Palace has moved to Elizabeth Quay and the Palace Society is taking over bricks-and-mortar venues throughout the city.
New venue The Ice Cream Factory is home to the Edith Spiegeltent and comedy venue Ramp and cabaret show Club Swizzle.
In Cathedral Square, six venues will host a range of events.
Leedypalooza is a month-long celebration in Leederville and will include some of the best and worst of family street fairs.
From Freo Royale in Fremantle to the Sunset Veranda in Scarborough and Midland’s new hub The Pickled Swan, Fringe is spreading the celebration from Geraldton to Rockingham.
As always, children and families are well catered for, with a range of all-age events. Fringe-goers looking for something a little more risque also have plenty of options.