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Zig Zag Community Arts committee members Gail Campbell and Jill Higgins (end), NY Events partners Nicole Airay and Yvonne Fletcher (middle) and Zara Airay (centre).

Hills first taste of Fringe

By Breanna Inferrera

KALAMUNDA will soon be buzzing with Fringe World Festival fun when its first ever local event kicks off next month.

Karnival in the Hills will showcase local and international street performers, along with workshop activities and a mini food hub at Central Mall.

The unprecedented event has been organised by local business NY Events and organisation Zig Zag Community Arts, with support from the City of Kalamunda and Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.

NY Events partner and ZZCA committee member Nicole Airay said it was a big commitment delivering a Fringe event to Kalamunda.

“We’ve done lots of research, lots of scouting, brainstorming ideas on what acts we would like to see come into fruition,” she said.

“We wanted to bring elements of street performance to Kalamunda because we don’t see it very much, we have buskers, but we’ve never had street performers.

“We have a few local artists participating like musician Leah Miche and we’re still in the process of gaining more artists.

“We want some of the international artists that are coming over for Fringe as well.”

NY Events will additionally host five Fringe shows at the Kalamunda Hotel across January and February, which include comedy and cabaret styles.

Ms Airay said it was worth supporting these ticketed shows.

“What I’ve noticed is a lot of artists do make the journey from over east,” she said.

“That’s why [NY Events] do what we do, and Zig Zag do what they do in order to keep a lot of these artists here.”

Ms Airay said the upcoming Fringe event and shows in Kalamunda will make it easier for locals to experience the festival.

“A lot of us do make the trip down the hill to visit the hubs and I just wanted to bring an element of the hub life up the hill,” she said.

“Last year I went to 28 shows in 28 days and I spent a lot of time in the hubs.

“I want them to experience what I experience during Fringe.”

Ms Airay said she hopes Karnival in the Hills will become a regular Fringe event.

“I think this one’s going to be a bit grassroots so we will see how it goes,” she said.

“Hopefully next year it can be bigger and better.”

Karnival in the Hills is a free event and will start at 4pm on February 8.

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