Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    It’s show time: bigger and better FRINGE returns to WA

    10/11/2021 12:30 PM
    • FRINGE WORLD festival returns to WA from January 14 to February 13
    • 2022 event expected to be the third largest FRINGE festival in the world
    • McGowan Government provides $4.9 million support for festival
    • Additional $1 million for artists affected by COVID-19 continues to roll out
    • FRINGE WORLD supports hundreds of local jobs and provides an important economic boost for local businesses

    The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever, with the McGowan Government providing a significant funding boost.


    The 2022 festival, which will run from January 14 to February 13, will be the third largest FRINGE in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to binge on a bonanza of Western Australian creative and artistic talent.


    The McGowan Government will provide, through Lotterywest, $3.6 million to FRINGE over the next three years to help support the event and the establishment of a new free community event: the FRINGE Sunday Funday supported by Lotterywest. 


    The FUNDAY will be a key opening event on the first Sunday (January 16) of FRINGE WORLD and is expected to attract 30,000 people.


    The McGowan Government will also provide an additional $1.3 million through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for the 2022 Festival.


    The DLGSC Getting the Show Back on the Road+ program will deliver $1 million to FRINGE artists affected by 2021 COVID-19 disruptions. In total, 235 events were impacted and DLGSC will contact the independent artists directly about payments.


    Since 1994, Lotterywest has provided more than $13.1 million to ARTRAGE, which runs the FRINGE WORLD Festival.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "FRINGE 2022 will be a terrific event, with the WA edition expected to be the third largest FRINGE festival in the world next year.


    "My Government is proud to provide funding for FRINGE WORLD so the WA community has access to free community events and to support local artists.


    "I encourage all Western Australians to take part in the excitement of FRINGE WORLD and get along to one of the hundreds of events on offer."


    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:


    "FRINGE WORLD is an opportunity each year to showcase the creativity and great talent of our local artists and performers.


    "Our arts and culture sectors not only provide wonderful entertainment for the community, but economic analysis has shown that for every $1 invested in FRINGE WORLD 2021, $23 was spent in the local economy.


    "This created 257 full time jobs, in addition to the 450 staff employed by ARTRAGE.


    "Don't miss the 2022 festival and start planning your FRINGE WORLD experience."


    Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey:


    "The upcoming FRINGE promises to be the biggest and best yet, thanks to a significant funding boost from the McGowan Government."


    "This time of year is always a fantastic time to get into the city to see a show and support businesses in the CBD.


    "So get your family and friends together and enjoy everything FRINGE and our great city have to offer."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400