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NAFA absorbs the Northern Fringe Festival

In July 2019 and 2021, Townsville presented the Northern Fringe Festival (NFF) which ran alongside the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA).

2022 will see a massive change for these two festivals, with NAFA absorbing the NFF to become an arts and cultural fringe festival that will still be inclusive, organic and be an open access festival featuring all forms of art, culture and performance.

In the spirit of Fringe Festivals across the globe – NAFA has an inclusive, organic and open access side that features all forms of art and performance. ‘Open access’ means that unlike most arts festivals, no one is in charge of deciding which shows get to take part. There are no curators, no program directors, no themes or content criteria that artists have to fulfil when registering their show.

The festival is formed around the mantra: anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host it. No matter who you are, where you come from or what artform you represent, everyone is welcome at NAFA. As the festival grows the ‘open’ access definition also extends to the audiences to ensure the removal of any barriers that prevent people from attending, be that physical, societal, financial, or otherwise.

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If you would like to be part of the NAFA as a Fringe Artist, register below:

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Be sure to check out the below resources to assist you in your performance and registering to be part of NAFA 2022: