With many comparing Sydney’s draconian lockout laws to the iconic Kevin Bacon film Footloose, it seems only natural that there’s a Bacon-themed flash mob planned for this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival, which today announced its 10th birthday program.
The flash mob will take to the streets of the CBD throughout the month-long September festival, with dancers dressed as Kevin Bacon teaching locals the moves from the film. It’ll all culminate in a Kevin Bacon flash mob in Martin Place on the closing night of the festival (September 30).
For the first time, Fringe events will stretch from The Rocks, down George Street and into the suburbs it traditionally inhabits, such as Chippendale and Newtown. Opening night (September 1) will take over Newtown’s King Street with live music, including Elizabeth Fader, Kesmar and Lady King. Twenty-two inner-west venues will host more than 192 events during the festival (which now takes place across 21 postcodes). Local businesses, stores and bars will be packed with live music and comedy.
In another first, the Innocent Bystanders Touring Hub at Newtown’s Old 505 Theatre will expand from one to two stages, with performances from other Fringe festivals around the world.
Another top pick: Speed The Movie, The Play. This immersive event taking place on a vintage bus in The Rocks re-enacts the classic 1994 film, with added audience involvement.
A Babylon-inspired experience will also transform Chippendale’s Kensington Street into the Bacchanalian ancient city for one night. Fringe has collaborated with artistic collective Tortuga Studios (based in St Peters) to create an evening of performance, live music, food, sound and projections.
The closing party is also a must. Fringe will take over Tattersalls Club in the city – a place not frequently visited by Fringe’s demographic – for a 24-hour party. The club will host a number of different parties curated by Heaps Gay, with each themed around a different decade. Expect a 1920s speakeasy, an ’80s-prom-inspired party and a swinging-’60s shindig.
Kicking off the closing party will be a dance piece that runs for 24 hours in the foyer of a corporate building on George Street. It begins at 12pm on the last Thursday of the festival (September 26) with one person and will continue until 12pm the following day, with more people taking part and video installations being turned on and off.
As well as the large-scale events, expect plenty of cabaret, live music and theatre, an artist takeover where playwrights develop works over the course of the festival, plus events in outer suburbs including Hurstville and Parramatta.
Find the full program here.