Fringe festivals power ahead across three states

As Adelaide Fringe opens, new Fringe Festivals are also springing up in Hobart and on the Mornington Peninsula.

Responding to the annual influx of mainland tourists into Hobart each winter, a new Tasmanian festival called Dark Fringe will be held for the first time this June.

Another new Fringe – in the small coastal town of Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula – is having its inaugural outing this week.

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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