Fringe forms creative buzz across city

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Bunbury emerging artist Kim Wesley and Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea are looking forward to the opening night of this year's Bunbury Fringe show.
Camera IconBunbury emerging artist Kim Wesley and Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea are looking forward to the opening night of this year's Bunbury Fringe show. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

The city will turn into a hub of creativity as it welcomes one of the region’s biggest arts and entertainment festivals.

With the Bunbury Fringe festival kicking off this week and a program bursting with events and activities, there will be plenty to do around the city.

This year the festival will welcome back Fringe Buddies which will offer a range of activities.

“Fringe Buddies is about celebrating Bunbury as a city and a go-to destination,” Bunbury Fringe artistic director Jo O’Dea said.

More than 70 activities will be hosted across 25 venues.

“We have invited local businesses to get involved with Fringe by running or hosting an activity or event,” Ms O’Dea said.

“The idea is to work together as a community to activate spaces within the CBD and show off what Bunbury has to offer.”

The Fringe Buddies program includes vocal workshops, informal talks with migrants, wine tastings, Bollywood performances, postcards from Bunbury and pop-up acting classes.

As well as hosting a slam poetry session, Maker + Co will also be home to the Fringe Palace with a yellow and pink bailing twine art installation hand-weaved by Bunbury artist Kim Wesley.

“Most of the workshops are free and lots of fun, so make sure you head along to one,” Ms O’Dea said.

Bunbury Fringe festival will be held from Friday to February 8.

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