Punters get sneak peek at opening
Geraldton’s Fringe World Festival hub kicked off with a full house last night as punters were given a taste of what’s still to come during Funtavia.
Running from February 8 to 10, Funtavia is jam-packed with comedy, music, cabaret, theatre and visual arts shows by an army of local, national and international performers.
The third annual festival officially opened at the What the Funtavia?! Opening Night Gala, providing sneak peeks at some of the shows taking over disused space in the West End.
The laughs will continue tonight and tomorrow, when 11 shows are on offer in the Funtavia precinct.
Creative producer Julian Canny encouraged everyone to check out at least one show.
“These things only work when people come out and enjoy themselves,” he said.
“If you’re unsure, come along and try something new.
“Geraldton’s an exciting place — come and be a part of it.”
Tonight, local grandmother Leonie Clarke will make her stand-up comedy debut at the Cargo Hold with her show Gran in a Van.
The Cargo Hold stage will also be graced by classical pianist Amy Abler as she lets loose in Pianodivalicious, and the locally produced body-positive show Fat Girls in Bike Shorts.
Tomorrow night local performers will show off their talents in Comedy Allsorts — Family Pack and What My Mother Told Me.
John Robertson’s The Dark Room will take punters on a wild ride through a live-action, textbased adventure game, while the enigmatic and kooky Tomas Ford will dish up the best worst songs in the Pop Craptacular and Crap Music Rave Party.
Festival-goers will be able to catch Triple J radio host Ciaran Lyons’ 21 and award-winning Irish comic Mary Bourke’s I Can Make You Irish tonight and Saturday night.
Mr Canny’s Funtavia highlight, Suns of Fred, will also perform on both nights.
“If you’re really unsure and you want to see a great show, I suggest Suns of Fred,” he said.
“All the other shows really appeal to certain people, but Suns of Fred will please everybody.
“My advice is to support a local show and an international show — get the best of both worlds.”
Throughout the three-day festival, a 3-D exhibition will be displayed at the Arts and Cultural Development Council of Geraldton’s community gallery.
For punters wanting to soak up the Funtavia atmosphere, the Sand Bar will be serving up live music, market stalls and live painting.
Tickets for Funtavia shows are available at funtavia.com.
The Funtavia crew and local performers pose in front of the entrance to the Funtavia precinct.