Fringe World Festival Debut: Bassendean comes in from the Fringe

Bassendean Mayor John Gangell, Mondo Butchers owner Vince Garreffa and singer Monique Fitzgerald. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443071
Bassendean Mayor John Gangell, Mondo Butchers owner Vince Garreffa and singer Monique Fitzgerald. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443071

THE popular annual arts festival Fringe World will make its Bassendean debut next year.

The showcase for local and international artists that boasts comedians, performers, singers, bands and burlesque will expand to the eastern suburbs in February with the Italian Live Lounge.

The brains behind the event, resident Nella Fitzgerald, said she wanted to “celebrate contemporary Italian music and food” with the hopes of making it bigger and better each year.

Ms Fitzgerald has gathered a team of Italian-Australians including female singer Monique Fitzgerald, a band of high-calibre musicians, and food and wine specialists, for the event, which will be held at Swan Districts Football Club.

She said guests would be “immersed” in the Italian lifestyle. Ms Fitzgerald said the event was important to highlight and celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity.

“Cultural diversity is an integral part of Western Australia’s social fabric and Italian Live Lounge offers an opportunity to highlight the modern evolving face of multicultural arts in Western Australia,” she said.

“The involvement of community groups, the ability to attract audiences from marginalised ethnic, cultural and socio-economic groups, and the ability to make these groups feel legitimised by what they see, hear and experience in the event has immeasurable value in developing a cohesive community.”

Fringe World 2015 attracted more than 660,000 people to more than 500 shows across 113 venues in Perth.