Sydney Fringe Festival 2022

Mon 15th August, 2022 – Fri 30th September, 2022
Multiple locations
There are more than 500 events on the festival’s biggest-ever program, running across six weeks, with comedy, theatre, music, visual art, film and more. Its huge Babylon street party is back, plus hubs spread across the inner city.

Like so many other festivals, Sydney Fringe – NSW’s biggest independent arts festival – has been cancelled two years running. But it’s making a triumphant return this year, with its largest and longest program ever. It runs for six weeks (up from the usual four weeks) to cater for more than 500 events.

The full program is spread across inner Sydney. The Runaway Gardens hub and Spiegeltent are popping up in First Fleet Park in The Rocks, with Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett making a return with circus and aerial performances, fire breathing and its “haus” band. And the huge Babylon street party is gracing Chippendale’s Kensington Street and Spice Alley once again, with light sculptures, projections, live music, dancing, soundscapes, food, performance and drinks.

The Fringe will partner with Darlinghurst Theatre Company to host cabaret company Yummy, a group that brings together drag, dance, circus and burlesque. And a new festival-within-a-festival, Limitless, at 107 Projects in Redfern, gives a platform to performance and visual artists with disability.

Marrickville Metro is also hosting a three-day celebration of entertainment and food in its Smidmore Street hub. Other events are taking place at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale, Erskineville Town Hall, Marrickville’s Factory Theatre and the Castlereagh Hotel in the CBD. And there are scores of other free events and street parties across the city.

Not sure what to catch? Check out Broadsheet’s round-up of eight must-see events according to the festival’s director.