The Broken Hill Fringe program has been released and there’s something for everyone. The festival, timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of St Pats, will run from the 5th to the 15th of March. There’s something to tempt locals and visitors alike with a jam-packed schedule of arts and entertainment with over 50 events taking place over the 10 day festival.
Event coordinator Ann Rogers said that despite the constraints of being a community-based volunteer-run event, the whole city has embraced the Fringe concept and that many people will be surprised at the extent of what’s on offer.
“We’ve been really fortunate to have received support form the whole community and as a result we have some world class guests coming to town in addition to a huge range of locally produced events. There’s heaps of events planned, performances, food, film poetry, music, workshops, you name it,” she said.
The Fringe, which is a Patton Village initiative, kicks off with a massive street party in Argent St from 5.30pm featuring a main street concert with many local performers, street stalls, local Argent Street traders staying open, activities for the kids such as jumping castle, merry-go-round and face painting just to name a few.
Festival events are broad and extensive, and will include things such as street performers and buskers, Patton Village poetry and Chalk drawing, a pop-up restaurant at the Railway Museum by local Chef Lee Ceechin, temporary art precinct in Oxide street, nightly performances at The Palace Hotel, book launch of Christine Ellis’s first book, ‘Silver Lies, Golden Truths: Broken Hill, a German soldier and two world wars’ and the world premiere of local short film, ‘The Big Game’. In addition to demonstrations by over a dozen local artists, there’ll be appearances by nationally recognised artists such as Dr Jonathan Welch who’ll train our very own Broken Hill Choir of Hope and Inspiration as well as International Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Marcus Gillezeau, in town to share his knowledge with aspiring filmmakers and screen his thrilling 3D big wave surfing documentary, Storm Surfers 3D.
Ms Rogers thanked the efforts of the volunteers and local businesses that have supported this year’s event.
“There’s so much on, too much to mention in one breath. None of this would have been possible without the assistance of a great many individuals, groups and businesses. A special mention must go to the volunteer committee who have worked tirelessly to get this event to this stage as well as all the venues and artists who have arranged their own events to coincide with the Fringe and sponsors who have contributes either cash or in-kind. By working together in this way it all adds up and hopefully apart from giving local artists an outlet or their work, it will help make the most of the success of St Pats by getting people here earlier to spend longer in town’.
There are still spaces available for anyone wishing to perform as a busker and stall sites are available for several events. To find out more about how you can get involved or check the program, check out the Fringe Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrokenHIllFringe or visit the website www.brokenhillfringe.com A printed version will be distributed in the coming weeks.