Our Top Picks for the Sydney Fringe Festival

As the old rhyme goes: “…thirty days has September,” and trust us; you’ll need every one of those days for this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival.

The Collective Wine Company is a proud partner of this year’s festival, so we’ve managed to score some inside goss on some of the must-see gigs at this year’s festival.

So whether you want to soak-in some art and culture, laugh ‘til your tummy hurts, or even just kick back with some incredible food – we’ve got you covered. 

Fringe Ignite

Saturday, 2nd of September, Kensington Street

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This year’s Sydney Fringe Festival kicks off with Fringe Ignite, the party that kicks off the rest of the festival.

Hosted on Chippendale’s trendy Kensington Street, Fringe Ignite is a multi-faceted evening of free entertainment.

From spoken word poetry from L-Fresh; to intimate talks with musicians, hosted by Machine Gun Fellatio’s Chit-Chat; to dance parties chaired by world-famous, transgender DJ, Victoria Anthony; Fringe Ignite is bound to be as entertaining as it is eclectic.

Check out the Fringe Festival Website for full set lists and events. 

Tim Freedman

21st of September, 8 PM, HPG Festival Hub

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Paul Kelly sang about Kings Cross, and Midnight Oil sang about Wedding Cake Island; but no one has distilled Sydney into song quite like The Whitlams’ lead singer, Tim Freedman.

Tim’s songs are predominately about the Inner West of Sydney, and the soul of the surrounding city. He has had an incredible solo career, infamously gaining a residency at the world renowned jazz bar, Ronnie Scotts in London; which has gained him an international following.

With plenty of fans in his home town, you’re best to book your tickets quick. 

Cirque Africa

Multiple Show Times, HPG Festival Hub

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Billed as “The Greatest African Show on Earth,” this fifteen piece circus blockbuster has already wowed audiences around the globe, and now they’re taking up residency at The Sydney Fringe Festival, as part of their three-year tour around Australia.

Their performance is 100% free of animals, and it’s designed to challenge your imagination while also celebrating some of the more unique aspects of African culture. 

Insa – GIF-ITI

All September at World Square

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Throughout September, Insa is bringing his GIF-ITI retrospective to the walls of World Square Shopping Centre.

The U.K artist combines graffiti and photography, and animates his unique works into repeating GIFs; which gives them an infinite quality.

It’s on all month, but we advise going at night to get the most out of each installation. 

The Kensington Street Festival Village

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This is the first year The Sydney Fringe Festival has had a Festival Village, and there could be no better venue to host it than Kensington Street.

The newly revamped dining district is home to some of Sydney’s best bars and restaurants (and only a short stroll from one of our favourite bottle shops).

Every night of the festival, the quaint cottages and secretive alleyways of Kensington Street are set to be home to immersive theatre, live music, comedy and even burlesque.

And with Spice Alley just behind the main street, make sure you grab a bottle of Australian wine and slowly sample some of central Sydney’s best hawker food. 

The HPG Festival Hub

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Scattered amongst the dark waters of Sydney Park, you’ll find an assorted series of creative spaces, exhibitions and events.

From the fashion, focused ‘Feathered and Fierce’ to the bombastic musings of Grumble’s ‘Love and Anger;’ there’s something at HPG Festival Hub for every taste.

On the topic of taste, you’ll also find our wines at The Coopers Festival Bar. So whether you’re soaking in some culture with an Artiste Cabernet Merlot, laughing out loud with an Artiste Sauvignon Blanc, or partying the night away with our Flamingo Sparkling Moscato; we’ve got your festival nights covered.

You may even see us there, but we can’t reveal too much – so keep an eye out while you’re there.

Roberta Marchesini