Here’s some video of just how much John Hargreaves liked the Fringe Festival in February:
Today he’s announced that he’s getting rid of it and giving $30,000 dollars to a rather surprised National Folk Festival to do something Fringey.
Now have a listen to just how surprised the Folk Festival’s Jared Wilkins was when asked about this on 666.
But for real excitement, wrap your ears around Jorian’s Gardner’s anger over the manner, timing, and nature of the announcement.
Also fear not. Beer And Meat On A Stick Day (BAMOASD) is pretty much going to be the sole survivor of the reductions to the multicultural festival.
UPDATE: The ABC brings word that a startled Jon Stanhope is trying to hose down the fire as he edges John Hargreaves away from it:
- Mr Stanhope has apologised to Mr Gardner for how the situation has been handled.
But he denies taking over responsibility for the event is a veiled rebuke of Mr Hargreaves.
“It’s just a reflection of the reality of the changing structure and the changing nature of the way in which the Fringe Festival would in the future be funded,” he said.