The festival will include new COVID protocols.
Perth’s Fringe World Festival for 2022 begins tomorrow, featuring new COVID protocols and a roadmap to deal with potential tightening of restrictions as the state border reopens on February 5.
Various COVID-19 precautions have been introduced in line with the state government’s advice, including proof of double vaccination for patrons at Fringe World venues that exceed 500 people.
A new state government road map will also be implemented, dubbed Getting the Show Back on the Road+, for instances where shows are cancelled due to lockdowns or tighter restrictions.
Minister for Culture and Arts David Templeman said he was confident that Fringe World will run smoothly despite concerns of restrictions tightening once WA’s border reopens.
“I’m very confident that whatever we might face post February 5th we’ll be able to respond to and we’ll follow the health guidelines,” he said.
“We open to the whole brand-new artists who were unable to come for the earlier part of the season,” she said.
Ms Burgess also stated lessons were learnt from last year’s lockdown, including about capacity limits and refunds, with these changes allowing patrons to buy with confidence.
Last year, 85 shows were cancelled due to Perth’s lockdown, however many shows were able to continue despite severe restrictions.
Purchasers now have the option to gift their money back to the artist or the festival if they require a refund due to COVID.
Changes will also be made to refunds when capacity limits have been introduced, with people who bought their tickets first to keep their ticket, with later purchasers being refunded.
Fringe World 2022 will feature over 500 shows, becoming the third biggest Fringe World Festival in the world.
Western Australian acts make up 85 per cent of the performances, including drag show P!NK:The Circus and comedian Rove McManus.
Fringe World Festival begins on January 14 and runs until February 13.