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The Multicultural Festival to get its Fringe back

By 11 September 2012 13

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The ongoing shenanigans surrounding the Multicultural Fringe Festival have taken a new turn with Joy Burch announcing a Fringe Like Thing will return:

A one-night Fringe Festival will be held alongside the 2013 National Multicultural Festival, ACT Arts Minister Joy Burch announced today.

Ms Burch said the ACT Government will soon call for Expressions of Interest for a Creative Producer to curate the Fringe event, with $20,000 on the table to deliver an exciting, alternative artistic program alongside the three-day Multicultural Festival in February.

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase a colourful sector of Canberra’s arts community alongside the biggest event in Canberra’s CBD,” Ms Burch said.

“The Multicultural Festival has gone from strength to strength, and Canberra’s Centenary is an ideal time to bring back a very popular event.”

Ms Burch encouraged Canberra artists with a passion for bold artistic productions to put their hand up for the role of Creative Producer. The Fringe event will be held on the biggest night of the Multicultural Festival, Saturday 9 February 2013.


UPDATE 11/09/12 07:54: We asked Joy Burch’s office about Jorian Gardner’s claims to own the name “Fringe Festival” in Canberra and received this reply:

I’m not sure whether he did own the rights, but in any case I’m calling it a Fringe Festival for the purposes of people identifying with it, though whoever is chosen as the creative producer may wish to rename it. And Jorian is more than welcome to apply. So to answer your question we are bringing back a fringe event, which may or may not be called a Fringe Festival. If Jorian did insist it mustn’t be called that we would avoid the fight. But I’m hopeful he will see this in the spirit it is intended.


UPDATE 11/09/12 08:26: Jorian’s had this to say:

After a long period of lobbying, I am pleased that the ACT Government has finally seen the error in their way’s and started the process of returning Canberra’s popular Fringe Festival back to it’s former home in Civic Square as a key part of the Multicultural Festival. In my view, it never should have been moved in the first place.

I am not convinced of the wisdom of turning what was originally a 10 day event into a one-night event, and would be putting forward a proposal to run it over 3 days I would think. However, whatever the outcome, I support the move and will of course be putting forward an expression of interest to run the event again.

This is a win for Canberra’s alternative artists & I look forward to working with both the ACT Government and other stake-holders to make the event work again – if indeed I win the contract.”

Jorian Gardner – Founding Director (and last artistic director) Fringe, Canberra.

[Pictured, scenes from the 2009 Fringe Festival]

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13 Responses to The Multicultural Festival to get its Fringe back
#1
kakosi12:46 am, 11 Sep 12

About time – pity it’s only for funding one day.

#2
Les Lozenger10:15 am, 11 Sep 12

Agreed Kakosi. 2 weeks would be preferred but at least it’s a start !

#3
DrKoresh11:21 am, 11 Sep 12

Give it back to Jorian, it’s his baby, really. Besides, he does a good job, regardless of what you might think of his personality.

#4
Thumper11:40 am, 11 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

Give it back to Jorian, it’s his baby, really.

Besides, he does a good job, regardless of what you might think of his personality.

Exactly.

#5
XO_VSOP11:54 am, 11 Sep 12

“no homers” you can trust me “No Jorian” will be posted on Joys office door.The colorful character that is Jorian is old, burnt out working for am radio, i can only hope a new younger better looking version need apply. Maybe the HonlyTonks guy?

#6
SnapperJack11:57 am, 11 Sep 12

Hargreaves has gone and the task of rolling back the damage he did to Canberra has begun. Next on the list is the tearing down of the Al Grassby statue.

#7
Truthiness12:00 pm, 11 Sep 12

Semi naked young people was the highlight of the whole multicultural festival. In fact I’d be happier with the multicultural festival being a one night event during a two week long fringe festival. Let’s face it, Adelaide’s fringe festival is way better than our little food and tourism expo.

#8
DrKoresh12:12 pm, 11 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Semi naked young people was the highlight of the whole multicultural festival. In fact I’d be happier with the multicultural festival being a one night event during a two week long fringe festival. Let’s face it, Adelaide’s fringe festival is way better than our little food and tourism expo.

Yeah there’s only one problem with that, mainly, IT’S IN ADELAIDE! So are you a hipster, or have you always been one of those insufferable “everything I say, do and like is better than what you say, do and like. Plus I was doing it before it was cool” kind of people?

Why can’t we develop our own quality multi-culti festival? It’s certainly more reasonable than suggesting we all drive countless hours to Adelaide, honestly, grow up.

#9
Truthiness12:40 pm, 11 Sep 12

There are fringe festivals in Sydney and Melbourne too, I’m not saying we all go to Adelaide, just that the fringe festival was the best part of the multicultural festival. A bunch of food stalls and tourism bureaus do not make a festival.

I like multiculturalism and think it is worth celebrating, but Womad does a far better job. Our multicultural festival has all the charm of a tent city and all the cultural diversity of a public service shared lunch.

Taking the beautiful diversity of reality, and condensing it into neat rows of white tents filled with aspiring capitalists selling beer and westernised food, such monoculture does great disservice to the spirit of diversity.

#10
rosscoact12:41 pm, 11 Sep 12

SnapperJack said :

Hargreaves has gone and the task of rolling back the damage he did to Canberra has begun. Next on the list is the tearing down of the Al Grassby statue.

If you feel that way just grab a sledge hammer and attack it where it stands in the foyer of the foyer of the Theo Notaras building.

You don’t need permission for civil disobedience, simply a pair of cajones and a disregard for the consequences

#11
simsim2:46 pm, 11 Sep 12

Problem being, where are they going to draw the artists from? Between the “You are Here” festival (which picked up a lot of the young-and-funky who used to do stuff for the Mulitcultural Fringe), and the Spiegeltent (which will have a residency in at the Senate Rose Gardens about the same time), there aren’t a lot of spare performers lying around waiting for an impressario to pop ‘em on the bill….

#12
DrKoresh3:00 pm, 11 Sep 12

simsim said :

Problem being, where are they going to draw the artists from? Between the “You are Here” festival (which picked up a lot of the young-and-funky who used to do stuff for the Mulitcultural Fringe), and the Spiegeltent (which will have a residency in at the Senate Rose Gardens about the same time), there aren’t a lot of spare performers lying around waiting for an impressario to pop ‘em on the bill….

Rubbish, are you actively involved in the arts community in Canberra at all? I know plenty of musicians my age (early 20′s) who I’m sure would love the opportunity to play at the Fringe. Jay Sullivan, a comedian and family friend, is still in Canberra and I’m sure would be more than happy to perform some stand-up there, especially considering he did his first ever stand-up gig at the Fringe back in ’06 or ’07. It’s just about knowing where to look and who to talk to, something I think Jorian is well suited for.

#13
Truthiness3:48 pm, 11 Sep 12

Canberra is a city of bored public servants and students, we have more amateur artists than you can shake several sticks at. Problem is the only demand for “live music” is for cover bands, wedding djs and karaoke.

If you provide a stage and an audience, you could fill it all year round with just middle aged progressive jazz ensembles. Do you have any idea how many death metal bands Canberra has?

I think the there should be a public service battle of the bands. I can see it now, the climate change folk singers vs the immigration death metal orchestra. Of course it’d be like all other Canberra events, the artists would show up for their set and leave when the next band got on, and most people would stay at home watching “Australia’s next top propaganda agent”

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