Activists belatedly celebrate Fringe World’s separation from fossil fuel sponsor

The end of an 18-month philanthropic partnership with Woodside has been claimed as a victory by climate change activists.

Western Australian activists are celebrating the news that Fringe World – the Perth Fringe Festival – has severed its ties with fossil fuel company Woodside.

However, the partnership between Fringe World and Woodside reportedly ended 12 months ago according to a Fringe World spokesperson, meaning that a media release distributed today (Wednesday 3 January) is a belated celebration of the festival’s decision to divest itself of fossil fuel sponsorship.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts