Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Fringe World Festival Kicks Off For 2013
Victor P Taffa
- Premier officially opens the 2013 Fringe World Festival
- 2013 schedule features more than 1,700 performances at 69 Perth venues
- Festival benefits from $1.1million in Lotterywest funding
- Funding for Outer Fringe will take program to the regions
Premier Colin Barnett tonight officially welcomed the 2013 Fringe World Festival to Western Australia with an opening night extravaganza at the Perth Cultural Centre.
“This year’s festival builds on the overwhelming success of the past two years, offering audiences in Perth and regional areas more shows than ever before.” Premier Barnett said.
In recognition of the success of last year’s festival, Lotterywest and the State Government have contributed $1.45 Million towards the 2013 festival’s staging and costs, an increase of $350,000.
The State Government has also contributed $150,000 to Outer Fringe which will see program highlights taken to Albany, Esperance and Geraldton.
The Premier said more than 2,000 artists from around the world would perform more than 1,700 individual shows at a range of venues across Perth from January 25 to February 24. Outer Fringe will be presented immediately following the Fringe World Festival 2013.
Premier Barnett said more than 100,000 people attended the festival in 2012.
“The festival has become an internationally recognised event that attracts major overseas artists and offers fantastic exposure and development opportunities for WA performers.” the Premier said.
“An incredible 63 free community events and programs will be on offer at new venue locations in Mount Lawley, Leederville, Maylands, Subiaco and Fremantle.”
Premier Barnett also paid tribute to Artrage for extending the reach of this year’s festival into regional areas.
Fringe World is presented by Artrage and supported by the Government through Lotterywest and the Department of Culture and the Arts.
- Since 2008, Liberal National Govt provided almost $100 M to non-government arts sector
- State Govt contribution to 2013 festival totals $1.6 Million
- In 2011-12, Lotterywest distributed $116.5 Million in direct grants to more than 1,000 different community organisations throughout the State