About Us

What is FRINGE WORLD?

FRINGE WORLD started in 2011 and has grown to become the largest annual event in Western Australia and the third largest Fringe in the world.

The Festival runs for 31 days in the city's buzzing summer Festival season and is loved by the people of Perth and beyond. The 2019 Festival achieved more than 850,000 attendances and box office sales of more than $12 million.

The entertainment at Fringe is about big fun for everyone, with more than 670 shows to choose from offering everything from theatre, comedy, caberet, circus and more at over 160 venues all over Perth and regional WA. 

Show tickets are great value and there's loads of free and buskers entertainment at the Festival's most popular hubs including The Woodside Pleasure Garden in Northbridge.


The Edith Spiegeltent at Yagan Square. Photo by Hannah Sorrell.

What artists perform in the Festival?

FRINGE WORLD is an open-access Festival, which means anyone can participate and have a go.

The Festival is a platform for local artists, with more than 74% of participating artists coming from WA, alongside performances by artists from Australia and all over the world.

FRINGE WORLD is proud that since 2012 more than $46 million has been paid out to participating artists and arts companies by the Festival.

The Festival supports its artists through a range of initiatives including an Awards program that is one of the most generous of any festival in the world. Donations to the Fringe Fund help to support the FRINGE WORLD Awards and help our artists shine.

Visit this page for information about participating in FRINGE WORLD as an artist or venue.


Into the Fire at The Woodside Pleasure Garden. Photo by John Leonard.

Who produces the Festival?

The organisation behind FRINGE WORLD is Artrage Inc, a not-for-profit registered charity that was founded in 1983, making it one of the oldest arts organisations in the State.

According to the Business News BNiQ Arts and Culture 2019 Report, in the State arts and cultural landscape Artrage is currently ranked first in relation to total patron engagement.

Alongside FRINGE WORLD, Artrage is the producer of Rooftop Movies and Girls School Cinema - Perth’s best pop-up cinemas. 

 
The Woodside Pleasure Garden. Photo by Joe Spina.

Impact Report

The Festival annually release an Impact Report that reveals the massive benefits the Festival delivers to the Western Australian community. 

Click here to read the 2019 Impact Report.

When is the next Festival?

FRINGE WORLD 2020: Friday 17 January - 16 February

FRINGE WORLD 2021: Friday 15 January - 14 February