Wollongong’s First (NINE DAY) Fringe Festival is here

Yours and Owls are killing it right now in Wollongong, providing us with yet another festival to salivate over – ‘The 2016 Wollongong Fringe Festival’. Hosted by Yours and Owls and Destination Wollongong, the festival consists of nine full days […]

Yours and Owls are killing it right now in Wollongong, providing us with yet another festival to salivate over – ‘The 2016 Wollongong Fringe Festival’. Hosted by Yours and Owls and Destination Wollongong, the festival consists of nine full days of unexpected experimental and interactive discovery for locals and visitors alike.

For its inaugural year, the idea behind the festival is to celebrate Wollongong’s thriving cultural scene. Our hidden gems will be showcased alongside our best local talents, making it one electric week of arts and wonder.


Events will be in a variety of locations in and around Wollongong such as the Arts Precinct, RAD, The City Gallery as well as some secret locations to make things even more intriguing.

Yours and Owls and ‘The Wollongong Fringe Festival’ promoter Ben Tillman is super excited to see the festival being hosted in Wollongong.

“This is us confirming Wollongong as a creative hub, a travel destination and a city that can and will host an internationally renown[ed] fringe festival our way!” he said.

The Festival opening begins tonight with one hell of a party in the Wollongong Arts Precinct.

There will be Parkside DJs, a half pipe with skate demos from Kingpin, art exhibitions and some out-of-this world extra planetary virtual reality expeditions, just to name a few.

Tonight also marks the opening of the Fringe Festival’s Outdoor Cinema. Between 23 – 28 September fantastic movies will be on show, such as The Great Gatsby.  BYO Golden Gaytime.

Does it get any better? Well yeah.

The man, Dr Karl, will be doing what he does best – making science sexy as a part of the giant festival.

Destination Wollongong general manager, Mark Sleigh hopes that The Fringe Festival is here to stay.

“The fringe festival is an exciting venture that can evolve and expand over coming years on the national stage and become synonymous with the region,” he said.

With an edgy line-up of art, parties, music, science and so much more we’re sure the whole of Wollongong will be hoping that the festival becomes an annual event. Check out the amazing line-up below.

Full Line-Up
Opening Night Party @ Arts Precinct

Friday 23rd
Parkside DJs, a half pipe with skate demo’s from Kingpin, Super Happy Fun Crew, Mondo Deluxe, art exhibitions, extra planetary virtual reality expeditions, live street art presented by Verb Syndicate and interactive digital and tech installations.

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Sat Sep 24 – Verb Syndicate Block Party @ Rad

Sat Sep 24 – Joseph Tawadros @ Town Hall

Sat Sep 24 – Moonbase Commander @ RAD

Mon Sep 26 – Guantanamo Baywatch @ RAD

Tue Sep 27 – Into it. Over it @ Rad

Thu Sep 29 – Cheese TV @ Rad (Calling all 90’s babies!)

Fri Sep 30 – Sons of the East @ Rad

Art / Theatre

Fri Sep 23 – Oct 2  – A Snapshot of Athens in the Greek Debt

Crisis by Dave Sullivan @ Town Hall Underground

Fri Sep 23 – Polygon Door Installation @ Secret Location (Free)

Fri Sep 23 – Polygon Door Workshop @ Secret Location

Sat Sep 24 – Hand and Heart Shall Never Part @ City Gallery

Sat Sep 24 – Die Roten Punkte, Super Musician By Otto & Astrid OOOO @ Merrigong Theatre

Thu Sep 29 – Enough Said (Pizza. Beer. Poetry) @ Janes

Thu Sep 29 – 30 – Carnival of the Animals @ IMB Theatre

Thu Sep 29 – Book Reading – Blue @ Arts Precinct

Sat Oct 1 – Hand and Heart Shall @ City Gallery

Sat Oct 1 – While Locality Falls Country Endures @ Wollongong City Gallery

Sep 23 – Oct 2 – Virtual Reality Installation @ Town Hall Underground

Sep 23 – Oct 3 – Le Glanuer @ Arts Precinct

Fri Sep 23 – Kingpin, Super Harry Fun Crew & Mondo Deluxe Skate Demo @ Arts Precinct

Fri Sep 23 – Eat Street

Sat Sep 24 – Creative Coding @ iAccelerate

Sun Sep 25 – Bush Tucker Tour + Cooking Demonstration with Clarence Slockee & Fred

Mon Sep 26 – Moon Beach

Wed Sep 28 – Walk, Beer Eat Tour

Fri Sep 30 – Dr Karl @ Arts Precinct

Sun Oct 2 – NRL Grand Final Streaming @ Arts Precinct

Outdoor Cinema @ Arts Precinct
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Fri Sep 23 – Big Boys Club
Featuring the biggest of boys, this film documents skateboarding in and around the Illawarra. Big Boys Club features music by David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Cave and The Smiths.

Sat Sep 24 – Ex Machina
Winning a competition, Caleb arrives at a remote location where he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. It’s your classic ‘boy meets robot girl’ story.

Sun Sep 25 – The Royal Tenembaums & The Life Aquatic
Three grown-up child prodigies and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, left them long ago, but has come back to make things right with his family. Director Wes Anderson is a whimsical genius in his own right, the whole family is guaranteed to love these films.

Mon Sep 26 – The Great Gatsby
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the plot follows F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel. Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby only to quickly see through the cracks of Gatsby’s nouveau riche existence. Obsession, madness, and tragedy await.

Tue Sep 27 – Ghostbusters 1 & 2
Three odd-ball scientists decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city.

Wed Sep 28 – Kill Bill 1 & 2
Protagonist ‘The Bride’, was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover ‘Bill.’ Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill’s child,

‘The Bride’ decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas and met a young man, only for him to be gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill. Four years later, ‘The Bride’ wakes from a coma and discovers her baby is gone.