How to make the most of a Fringe festival

Three Fringe festival veterans on why they love Fringe and their advice for newcomers.
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With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in full swing, and Fringe festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane drawing closer (all largely back to full health following years of COVID disruption), audiences can again expect an almost overwhelming array of music, comedy, theatre, cabaret and dance – not to mention an array of shows spanning these and other genres.

For many performers both established and emerging, the Fringe festival circuit is a vital part of their touring calendar. Weimar punk cabaret performer Bernie Dieter cut her teeth at these events and is bringing her Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett to both the upcoming Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals later this year.

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.