Wynnum Fringe is an award winning spark on Queensland’s cultural calendar, an annual event of statewide and national note, contributing to the breadth and accessibility of cultural practice beyond the limits of Brisbane’s CBD. The festival celebrates non-mainstream arts, entertainment and cultural experiences taking place in the bayside suburban precinct of Wynnum. It creates venues from under-used public and private spaces, brings in purpose-built portable venues, creates an uplifting carnival atmosphere with street design, lighting, food trucks and activations and presents a program of both ticketed and free arts and cultural events that appeal to a wide range of audiences, ages and backgrounds.
Our audience has grown rapidly in four years. Since the inaugural event in 2020 the festival has seen a 300% increase in ticket sales each year. With attendees from across Australia, the event has generated over $3 million of direct benefit to the Brisbane economy, provided arts experiences to over 100,000 attendees and employed over 1,000 arts workers. In March 2023 Wynnum Fringe & Tom Oliver won the most prestigious award in the Queensland Industry, the Gold Matilda for outstanding contributions to the Arts & Entertainment industry. TOP are the event producers of Wynnum Fringe which includes managing programming, marketing, sponsorship, production, site, venue, food & beverage departments in the lead up and during the Festival.
Wynnum Fringe partners with a diverse portfolio of over 50 businesses each year to present the event, including Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly, Bartons, Ampol, Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and many more. This event is funded by Arts Queensland through their Strategic Partnerships Fund and Queensland Arts Showcase Program, Tourism & Events Queensland and The Lord Mayors Community Festival & Events Fund.
The inaugural Bay Pride was the first pride event in Brisbane's Bayside and was presented in partnership with Wynnum Fringe. It is a day for inclusion which celebrates a diverse program of free and ticketed performances, market stalls and roaming entertainment from the LGBTQIA+ community.
The day became national news when a minority group decided to protest against the family friendly Pride March, a peaceful walk from the Wynnum Jetty to George Clayton Park from 12 noon on Sunday November 26. This event attracted 5,000 attendees from across the world and inspired many locals and attendees to be comfortable in their own skin, be proud of their community and stand up to bullying.
Bay Pride is an opportunity for people of all ages and stages to celebrate love, kindness and equality. It's a chance to look to the future while honouring the past. It is without prejudice, and all are welcome to walk in the sunshine together, as a welcoming, modern community.
Creative Director: Tony Tranter
Producer: Callum Cantrill
Executive Producer: Tom Oliver Productions
ROCK THE BAY
Rock The Bay has solidified its position as Brisbane's premier event, seamlessly blending renowned musical acts, thrilling entertainment, and coastal charm against the picturesque backdrop of the Bayside. From the debut in 2021 with an impressive lineup including Ian Moss and Kate-Miller Heidke to the monumental 2023 edition headlined by Daryl Braithwate and Marcia Hines, each year has brought together thousands for an unforgettable experience. With an outdoor stage, big screen, diverse activities, and a VIP area, Rock The Bay offers a unique fusion of chart-topping music and seaside fun, supported by partnerships with ABC Brisbane and local sponsors like Moreton Island Adventures, Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly, and Iona College. It's the ultimate celebration of community spirit and entertainment excellence on Brisbane's Bayside.