Tomorrow night is the launch of Perth Festival 2020. As always, it will be a big night.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Fringe World continues to kick big goals and, based on attendance, has become the biggest arts event in WA.

Tickets for the first 200 Fringe World events have been released and just last week, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia announced a significant boost to marketing in Singapore for Fringe World. As Papalia remarked: “Fringe World Festival has quickly become a staple on the WA arts and culture calendar since it began in 2011. Events like this create a reason for people to travel to our city and venture out to our regions while they’re here.”


Based on attendance, Fringe World is the third largest Fringe festival in the world and the largest annual arts event in WA. Fringe World released an impact report for 2019. It’s impressive. Key statics include:

  • 674 events at 169 venues
  • More than 850,000 attended paid and free events
  • 15% box office sales growth from the previous year
  • More than $12 million in box office sales
  • More than 3,500 artists participated of which 74% were from WA
  • More than $10 million in payments to participating artists and arts companies.
  • Economic impact in excess of $100 million

These statistics under-estimate the real long-term impact on the city. During Fringe, Northbridge and Perth City come alive. It provides our friends on the East Coast, and expats and locals coping with the humidity and pollution the big cities in Asian, with a safe and fun alternative. May it continue to prosper and grow.

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