Our Picks for Sydney Fringe

This September's Sydney Fringe Festival is going to be full on, so we've sifted through what's on offer to find the best ones so you don't have to! With over 300 hundred events and shows squeezed into 30 days, there is definitely not enough time to see them all and even though the program is chocka-block with a plethora of amazing talent, we've just had to highlight some personal favourites.

Dubbed by Broadsheet as Sydney's 'most interesting music venue', The Newsagency on Enmore Road in Marrickville will play host to a few performances throughout the festival. You can see Krystie Steve, a self-taught pop rock singer here on the 15th at 8pm (tickets available at the door - $15). On the theatre side of things, you should also make a date with The Newsagency sometime between the 5th to the 10th at 7pm each night to take a stroll though your own brain with award-winning Jim Fishwick (tickets - $20 - available here). 

If you've ever served customers in the cafe setting like I have, then 'The Barista Chronicles' will make you laugh (and cry/seethe with anger) when you watch Maria navigate the 'rocky terrain of the human condition fuelled by caffeine'. You'll find this show at Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore on Oxford Street in Paddington on Friday, 23rd and Saturday, 24th at 8pm (tickets here - $15).


We're happy to see that the Visual Arts are playing a big part of this year's Fringe with the Stencil Art Prize Winner's Announcement coinciding with the official opening of a whole new cultural precinct: Off Broadway. Come along to Gehrig Lane, Annandale at 2pm on the 11th to hear who wins $5,000 for their stencil art and stay for artist talks and other events in and around the venue. Check out Wayward Brewery for a cheeky beverage (or two) while you're there!

Artereal Gallery in Rozelle is giving you the opportunity to 'Meet the Makers' from 4pm on Saturday the 17th. Presented by YOKE magazine, Stevie Fieldsend will be talking about her latest body of work that seeks to capture and convey emotional realities through sculpture and installation. Penelope Cain, multi-disciplinary artists will follow Stevie to talk about her latest paste-up project happening at the gallery. This is a free event, but book yourself a spot here

Newtown is home to many unique faces and personalities, see them conveyed in portraiture by award winning photographer Zahn Pithers from the 1st to the 9th in selected cafes and venues along Australia Street. Visit Black Star Pastry, 212 BLU, Continental Deli, Drunk on the Moon, Newtown Fire Station and STAX of WAX and enjoy art with a coffee and/or cake between 7am and 5pm daily.

If laughter is your idea of art, September is the month for you! The Off Broadway Festival Hub and Marrickville's Factory Theatre are your go to for all things comedic. We love the sound of 'Attention Deficit....Ooh a Pony' that details the journey of Rose Callaghan's ADHD diagnosis at the age of 32. This show sold out in both Perth and Melbourne and Pedestrian TV calls it 'hilarious'. You can experience it on the 27th or 28th at 8:15pm in Marrickville. A performance that gives it all away in the title 'Aw F*uck, the Flat's on Fire' can be seen on the evenings of the 10th, 11th and 12th. Go along to Gehrig Lane in Annandale to watch the show's characters as they try to find out who set their apartment building a light in order for them to be able to claim insurance. Tickets and times here.

Last, but certainly not least, we've put together a not-so-little event of our own. We've brought designers, electro freaks, technophiles, artists and all-round creatives together to fuse art and technology with fashion, darling! This one night only pop-up is set for Wednesday, 21 September at 7pm at 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Annandale in the Off Broadway Precinct. Come along for an evening of kaleidoscopic light, sound, movement and colour. Our ambassador is artist and designer Erica Gray, nationally and internationally recognised for her contributions to the wearables industry - one of her pieces will be centre stage complimenting the other designs. No strangers to Fringe, art collective Purple Moustacho will also be projecting their surreal and striking aesthetics onto the walls for massive visual impact. Tickets are only $15 with proceeds going to help us keep doing what we're doing- you can get them here!