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A fringey end

By 24 October 2009 17

After vowing to fight them on the beaches, and promising that the spirit of Fringe would never die, Jorian Gardner has been out and about in the media this week explaining why he’s pulled the pin on the people powered extravaganza he promised.

You can see the snippet on the ABC Website.

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17 Responses to
A fringey end
Skidbladnir 1:48 pm
24 Oct 09
#1

I propose we scrap the Summernats or Stanhope’s Folly of the Percent for Art scheme instead, and invest the seed money into Fringe.

Pommy bastard 2:30 pm
24 Oct 09
#2

I agree with the above, though the money saved should be used for something worthwhile, which Canberrans actually want, rather than an unwanted “fringe” festival. (Which was neither “fringe” nor “festival”.)

How about having a “Battle Of Mount Ainslie God Botherer Baiting Festival” instead?

bileduct 2:54 pm
24 Oct 09
#3

No loss here.

Just one less step back to the reality of Public Service administration for the entitlement class currently pursuing their “arts” degrees.

I-filed 5:37 pm
24 Oct 09
#4

It was a shame Gardner used “I, I, I” throughout “I’m pulling the event” etc, which made it sound like an ordinary commercial venture. Is he the only person involved? No wonder it is failing then – fringe events usually spring from community/sectoral energy, and the credit is shared around …

George D 6:20 pm
24 Oct 09
#5

No loss. Anyone who wanted arts and culture in this city has already moved to Melbourne.

The only people left are the people who performed in Fringe, and this will get rid of them. Once that succeeds, the city will be freer of noise and clutter, and we’ll get closer to the park-like peace and quiet that Burley Griffin and his appointed successors have been fighting for.

Igglepiggle 6:37 pm
24 Oct 09
#6

I’d rather my share of the money stayed with the public art- at least its permanent and more people can see it.

Anna Key 7:20 pm
24 Oct 09
#7

Not sure Jolien knows anyone else exists, other than the government who should pay for his follies

Anna Key 7:24 pm
24 Oct 09
#8

oops, meant Jorian

Thumper 8:31 pm
24 Oct 09
#9

Gardner is a real tosser, but I really am annoyed that funding was pulled for the event. It almost appears as if the zealot religious side has put pressure on the government.

Thumper 6:06 pm
25 Oct 09
#10

I should qualify that comment, Gardner did a great job with last years fringe festival, it’s a pity that Hargreaves seemed to have a problem with burlesque and the slightly risque format of the festival.

Canberra will be all the poorer for the loss of this vibrant and exciting event.

bileduct 4:03 am
26 Oct 09
#11

George D said :

No loss. Anyone who wanted arts and culture in this city has already moved to Melbourne.

Meanwhile, those with real, actual jobs continue to live their lives as though nothing happened at all.

indigoid 8:51 am
26 Oct 09
#12

bileduct said :

George D said :

No loss. Anyone who wanted arts and culture in this city has already moved to Melbourne.

Meanwhile, those with real, actual jobs continue to live their lives as though nothing happened at all.

+1. If I wanted to see burlesque performances I’d be quite content to pay for them. I certainly don’t expect the ACT Govt to provide free entertainment

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:16 pm
26 Oct 09
#13

The fringe festival was exactly that: fringe. Which means most people, by definition, don’t give a toss. And I am one of them.

sepi 3:15 pm
26 Oct 09
#14

Festivals like the Fringe aren’t just for the audience – these sort of small local festivals are where all sorts of artists get their start.

It is all very well to be willing to pay to see burlesque, but you can’t expect a professional burlesque performance worth big dollar ticket prices to spring up out of nowhere

Pommy bastard 3:34 pm
26 Oct 09
#15

Thumper said :

Canberra will be all the poorer for the loss of this vibrant and exciting event.

Don’t you mean; “Jorian will be all the poorer for the loss of this event”?

magella 4:27 pm
26 Oct 09
#16

George D said :

No loss. Anyone who wanted arts and culture in this city has already moved to Melbourne.

Honestly, what a crock. There are plenty of people in Canberra still creating amazing art and music and I feel proud to be a part of it. George D, if you want it then create it, do it, find it, make it, whatever. Don’t wait for it to be spoonfed to you. I don’t deny that more than a few brilliant canberra artists have moved on to the bright lights of melbourne, but please acknowledge the people we still have here, who are committed to making Canberra the vibrant and interesting place that it deserves to be, despite blows like this.

I attended most nights of the Fringe and judging by the crowds i would hardly say it was unwanted. I agree with Thumper, Canberra will be all the poorer for the loss of the Fringe, but people should consider it a wake up call to go check out and participate in some of the grassroots arts movements that are continuing here in the ACT, rather than dismissing them.

End rant.

lula 10:55 am
27 Oct 09
#17

I-filed said :

It was a shame Gardner used “I, I, I” throughout “I’m pulling the event” etc, which made it sound like an ordinary commercial venture. Is he the only person involved? No wonder it is failing then – fringe events usually spring from community/sectoral energy, and the credit is shared around …

So true! It’s no surprise really, as it always seemed like ‘Jorian Gardiner and the same friends every year festival’.
I was amazed that when speaking on the radio he said they were ‘only’ 40 or 50K over budget last year. ONLY!?
Sadly it seems that he is just another person who is only passionate about something so long as the government coughs up first. Maybe he needs to remember that some of the greatest events in the world started on the credit card of an individual who wanted badly enough to try and make a difference.

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