QUIRKY FESTIVAL SET TO PUSH BOUNDARIES
BRISBANE’S quirkiest festival is back again for its fourth year, and this year the Brisbane Fringe Festival (BFF) promises to be raw, risque and full of surprises.
After an overwhelmingly positive reception last year, Pauline Maudy, co-director of BFF, believes this year will be no different.
“It’s great to see BFF forge a reputation year after year,” she says. “Last year we saw unprecedented growth and this year we will present 67 acts over 117 events in 43 venues across Brisbane.”
“BFF is a mix of emerging and established local artists in a range of disciplines, showcasing music, comedy, theatre, poetry, dance, circus, cabaret and more.”
Unlike any other festival around Australia, BFF prides itself on a “no boundary” policy for artists and performers, allowing them to use the festival as a platform to try something new, cutting edge and dynamic.
“As a festival we don’t curate or censor artist content in any way – we give our artists the platform and the exposure to reach keen and interested audiences,” Maudy says.
“We give ultimate freedom and judgment to the artist to present their act as they see fit.
“The result is we end up with a lot of daring artistic performances you simply wouldn’t see elsewhere.”
The not-for-profit, artist-run festival is a warm-up of sorts to September’s iconic Brisbane Festival that has been operating for more than 50 years, but the co-director says you can’t compare the two.
“We are very creative in how we do things and remain bold in our approach,” she says.
“BFF is about celebrating the bold, the brave, the diverse and most of all, the artist.
“BFF is unique not just in terms of the great artists we have on offer, but also the amazing partnerships we are able to form with local organisations, venues and the inter- esting public spaces we take over as performance and art spaces.”
Offerings this year include a new bar, The Pineapple Lounge, and limited edition shirts featuring artwork by local artist Jan Van Dyke.
Fringe Festivals are held all around Australia and the co-director believes Brisbane is more of a “cousin” than a twin in comparison due to our culturally diverse city and art scene.
“We have refined the program this year so it will be bigger and better,” she says. “Those who provided feedback from last year have helped us expand the festival in wonderful ways.”