Who needs a Fringe Festival anyway? – ArtsHub

Sex clown and cabaret artist Betty Grumble will perform at Theatre Republic at part of this year’s Brisbane Festival. Photo via Brisbane Festival.

In some cities, such as Edinburgh and Adelaide, Fringe Festivals spring up organically, in response to an apparent lack of opportunities for local artists in a major international arts festival. Elsewhere, they are created by design, filling a perceived gap in the local arts ecology.

Whatever their origins, Fringes – like those …