[First filed: September 04, 2009 @ 19:04]
John Hargreaves efforts to kill all fun in Canberra appear to have hit a hurdle. The Fringe Festival is rising like a phoenix (or a zombie if you prefer) and will be making our Februaries bright, fun, and slightly inebriated.
In amongst all the confusion and mess the Multicultural Affairs budget is going to continue funding some sort of fringey-ness at the folk festival.
Meanwhile the Fringe Festival is going to be free standing, to some degree self-funding, and applying for money through the normal festival funding pool.
Adding to the fun the Centenary of Canberra has has announced that they’re going to be putting on something that looks and sounds a lot like a fringe festival at pretty much the same time (around Canberra Day).
Anyway here’s 10 minutes of Jorian Gardner’s 17 minute speech in Civic Square announcing his vision for the future (including stepping away from running the thing after next year)
(Short slideshow below)