Anywhere Festival (6-23 May 2021) is a globally unique and local cultural experience for locals and visitors alike: where local businesses and homes host performances so artists can creative incredible work without all the financial burdens that are often placed on them when presenting independently.
Anywhere Festival began in 2011 as Brisbane’s revolutionary take on the fringe festival concept, taking all the things people love about fringe festivals and removing the things they don’t by turning it into a discovery of places and performances by using local nooks and crannies: poetry in light houses, circus in driveways, music in backyards, storytelling on ferries, theatre in hedge mazes and musicals in aeroplanes.
Since 2011 it has become something much more than “Brisbane’s Fringe Festival” with 500 performances by independent performing artists every year, being welcomed into Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.Anywhere offers up a vision where artists can step away from the fringe and be at the core of society by being anywhere.
Anywhere Festival has inspired many other festivals and practitioners, providing the framework and ideas that many have followed when COVID-19 restrictions closed theatres and the idea of performing in streets, outdoors in a non traditional spaces became the only way. Anywhere Festival led by example in Queensland: working with and paying independent artists to deliver 89 performances of 21 different productions of circus, music, comedy, opera, drama, theatre, poetry, and Shakespeare to nearly four thousand in person and online ticket buying attendees and 100,457 streams and downloads between late May and September.