Questioning the Open Letter to Melbourne Fringe

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This year a performance was removed from Melbourne Fringe Festival amid cries of cultural appropriation and 'yellowface'. Natasha Jynel offers another perspective.

On August 21, 2019 a group of artists, industry workers and academics signed an Open Letter to Melbourne Fringe. The letter, signed by 150 people in total, called for the cancelation of Kate Hanley Corley’s one woman show Aisha the Aussie Geisha claiming that the show was racist and borderline yellowface.

Natasha Jynel

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