Townsville representatives head to World Fringe Congress

Townsville City Council officials who played leading roles in delivering the first ever North Australian Festival of Arts have been invited to represent the Northern Fringe Festival at the World Fringe Congress later this week.

The Congress, held in Adelaide from Friday until next Tuesday, is a biennial gathering of the world’s fringe festivals.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chairperson, Councillor Colleen Doyle, said it was an incredible opportunity for the Townsville team.

“To have our Northern Fringe Festival recognised on the world stage six months after debuting is a huge achievement,” Cr Doyle said.

“The team has been invited to speak on a panel alongside Stockholm & Nordic Fringe from Sweden, Wandsworth Fringe from London, and Unearth Fringe and Sydney Fringe Festival, both from Australia.

“To be able to share ideas from our festival with other highly-lauded fringe festivals from around the world is a real indication of the high quality of the Northern Fringe Festival.”

Cr Doyle said she was excited to hear the ideas the team came back with.

“There’s no doubt that World Fringe Congress will be a melting pot of fascinating ideas, and these ideas will help us make Northern Fringe Festival 2020 even better than before,” she said.

“But we can’t have a great festival without our great local acts, as well as intrastate, interstate and even international acts getting involved.

“Registrations don’t close until 29 February, so you can still sign up and showcase your act or your venue during North Queensland’s biggest fringe festival.”

To register for the 2020 Northern Fringe Festival, visit

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