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]