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7th, 8th & 9th Feb 2019189 Marine Terrace, West End Geraldton
Food + Drink + Tunes every day 6.00pm til lateFree Entry
28 performances over three days
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Geraldton’s award winning Regional Fringe World Festival Hub Funtavia is once again docking a ship-load of the world’s biggest Fringe acts into Geraldton – and you can experience an exclusive taste of them all at the opening night show ‘What the Funtavia’.
This show is exceptional value for money, offering previews from Funtavia's program.
7:30pm Cargo Hold, Thursday 7th FebruaryGet Tickets
Food + Drink + Tunes
Come and enjoy a bite and a refreshing drink in the Funtavia Sand Bar. Nestled behind some of the West End’s untouched urban playground you will be in for a treat with food and drink.
Open daily from 6.00pm, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th FebruaryFREE ENTRY
Famous Sharron is very famous for nothing at all, come and see what all the racquet is about. Married three times, Shaz is a relationship expert. Join her and her celebrity ball handlers as she finds out if there is such a thing as the 'perfect match'.
After smash-hit seasons at FRINGE WORLD, Perth Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival with celebrity guests from Married at First Sight, The Bachelor and the Real Housewives of Sydney, Famous Sharron returns to serve up one last FRINGE WORLD run of Love Match.
Make sure to get a selfie with the face of WA, Shaz herself, after the show!
★★★★★ -- Out In Perth, 2018
★★★★ 1/2 stars -- "Fabulous entertainment" WAF Blog, 2018
★★★★ -- "Hilarious" The West, 2018
"Heartfelt winner" - Broadway World, 2018
7:45pm Main Deck, Friday 8th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Disgraced actor Garry Starr defies his critics by performing every genre of theatre possible, thus saving the performing arts from its inevitable extinction. Starr tears through styles with little regard for personal safety and even less regard for art, proving his talents to himself, his adoring fans and those who dare question his ability.
Directed by Cal McCrystal (The Mighty Boosh, Paddington 1 & 2, One Man: Two Guvnors)
"Comic genius" The Guardian, 2018
"Uproariously funny" The Scotsman, 2018
"An anarchic play-date with a six-foot-two toddler" GLAM Adelaide, 2018
Winner of Adelaide, Manchester and Brighton Fringe Awards 2018
Nominated for Best Newcomer and the Golden Gibbo at MICF 2018
9pm Main Deck, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Children Of The Tide
Children Of The Tide, forged amidst the creative turbulence of Gascoyne In May, Western Australia, exemplify progression and synergy that ebbs and flows from the wide musical backgrounds of the 3 members: Daz, of hip-hop Aussie royalty act Downsyde, Dave Mann, W.A’s celebrated wizard of rootsy/folk/country and the prodigious talent of South Australian James Abberley’s captivating weaving of blues n’ roots and alternative sounds. The various backgrounds are merged seamlessly in this talented collective. Crafted songwriting and evocative musical storytelling is contributed from all members and tangible to audiences.
The lads are all ocean lovers, hence the name. They’re fond of thinking their powerful musical sound has a voluminous saturation about it… like being swept under waves and tuning in to natural forces beyond your control.
They will be touring Western Australia over the next 6 months and performing far and wide. In between gigs they will be recording in Dave’s studio in Margaret River and plan to release a new single in early 2019. Funtavia Festival will be a great place to catch Children Of The Tide as they create a name for themselves on the touring circuit and Australian music.
8pm in the Sandbar 9th FebFREE ENTRY
International magician Pierre Ulric is back with his most engaging and technically pure production to date. 'Neo Magic' investigates time, space and the limits of perception. Do not miss this.
This show takes a hyper-minimalist approach to look at some of the most baffling areas of the magical arts, whilst stripping back most of the traditional artifices employed by magicians. When all is gone, there is nowhere left to hide, all that remains is pure mystery.
Winner 'Best Magic', Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018
"A Master at his craft." ★★★★½ The Australia Times 2017
"One Hell of a show." ★★★★½ The Fourth Wall 2018
9.5 / 10, The Adelaide Show 2018
7:45pm Main Deck, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Pirate Church is what happens when a seminary drop-out and a cynical priest decide to create an evening of comedy about religion. And pirates.
Comedy about religion is pretty common. Just about every comic has their material about the bizarre things that religious freaks get up to. But Pirate Church isn't about pulling the piss out of religion for cheap laughs. Well, maybe there will be some cheap laughs. But Pirate Church is a loving satire about the wacky world of religion, and Christianity in particular. The catch is that's it being done by two people who are themselves believers. Admittedly, not very good ones.
The pair has teamed up to create a unique piece of entertainment. It's an enigma, wrapped in mystery and hoisted up the mast like the jolly roger.
6:30pm Cargo Hold, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Sam wants this to be the funniest show you've ever seen, to prove he's a good boy. He combines stand up, game show sketch, so you can laugh hard like a kid for an hour. Sam (Sydney) tours globally and lives now doing stand up in New York City.
Nominated Best Comedy 2016 FRINGE WORLD
Sold out Edinburgh Fringe 2016-18 for 'Alcohol Is Good For You'.
"Extremely talented individual" ★★★★★ Bunbury Magazine 2018
"Brilliantly twisted absurdity." ★★★★½ Winning at failing 2018
"Unabashedly funny and a brilliant way to kick off fringe." - Fringefeed 2018
7:45pm Cargo Hold, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Are you a creep? A bit of a weirdo? Then you will appreciate the daring dancing and maverick music of this capricious cabaret. Featuring local Geraldton performers including Harpies Bizarre and House of Jezebelles, this show celebrates the joy of being a little bit different.
9:00pm The Hatch, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $11-$15
Funtavia LIVE & LOCAL
Our community is so rich and culturally diverse, which makes creating the music program for Funtavia Festival so fun. Over the past few years I have really loved developing a strong music program showcasing our amazing local performers, and on that note, this year’s Funtavia music program is all about local produce.
Geraldton and the wider Mid West region have seen a huge increase of established and emerging musicians and we are very excited to have Thursday and Friday night of the festival dedicated to them. On the Funtavia opening night (Thursday 7th February 2019) join us in the Sand Bar with plenty of good vibes and even better tunes. On both nights you will be spoilt for choice with tunes from some of our local favourites including Moose Abuse, Anne Williams’ duo band Rex Manning Day and recent Battle of The Bands 2019 winners Rollercoast – and that’s only to name a few! Funtavia will have a buffet of tasty live and local music from some of the Mid West’s best artists.
Friday 8th Feb 6pm-onwardsFREE ENTRY
Prolific Geraldton folk, country and blues singer-songwriter Darcy Hay presents a collection of recently released original music. With a practised talent for writing poetic, detailed lyrics, Darcy revels in weaving Midwest and Geraldton iconography into his songs. Also known as a formidable fingerpicking, slide and lead guitar player, and sporting a broad, everyman Aussie singing voice, his performances have been compared to a mixture of early Bob Dylan and Paul Kelly. With performances at Nannup, Nukara, Blues For The Bush, Gascoyne In May and other music festivals under his belt, and several songwriting awards to his name, the chance to put his experience to use in Geraldton is one that Darcy is eagerly looking forward to making the most of.
6:30pm The Hatch, Friday 8th FebruaryTickets $11-$15
Jackson M. Canny: COOL CHILD is an experimental, abstract, and angst-filled rock n' roll comedy one-boy-show from 18-year-old comedian and musician Jackson M. Canny about growing up in a world where everything is so f$#ked, that all you can do is laugh.
It's a show about depression.
It's about art.
It's about thinking you're a lot smarter than you actually are.
It's about how nothing you do matters because the oil companies are drilling through and destroying our water supply to meet the demands of a market that survives on cheap oil, which without low prices, would result in a cataclysmic economic meltdown of Mad Max proportions. Six companies own all of us.
But most importantly, it's about being in a coma.
7:45pm The Hatch, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $11-$15
Songs From 6530 highlights all the amazing local artists that have flourished in our region.
This unique experience will showcase a collection of local musicians as they share stories through song.
You won't want to miss this legendary get-together "jam fest" as Geraldton artists from all over town travel to one place for the ultimate night out!
9:00pm Cargo Hold, Friday 8th FebruaryTickets $16-$20
Why are we here? What's it all about? Is there deeper truth to existence in an ever-expanding universe? Who the hell knows. If its enlightenment you are seeking pat a dog. This show makes no promises of finding reason for your sad existence, but it may help turn that frown upside-down and teach you new swear words for the times fate punches you in the face. Part stand up, part improv ....all a part of this thing we call laugh.
"...I would have died laughing.... But I'm dead already." Marks Mum
"Why is it taking so long? Are you alive in there?" Random guy waiting outside toilet.
10:00pm The Hatch, Friday 8th FebruaryTickets $11-$15
Our eccentric mad scientist is still trapped on Earth following last year's festival. What wonderful discoveries will he make as he attempts to get back home?
All will be revealed in this brand new crazy and dynamic show that is part magic and illusion, part science, all fun and learning!
Inspiring, engaging and amazing entertainment for all ages.
This show follows on from 'A Fabulous Teleporation Experiment', a hit with kids at Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe 2018. This one is bigger, better and brings in brand new levels of madness.
Winner 'Best Magic', Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018
'Best Children's Entertainment' Nominee, Perth Fringe World 2017
"A Master at his craft." ★★★★½ The Australia Times 2017
★★★★½ The Fourth Wall 2018
9.5 / 10, The Adelaide Show 2018
10:45am Main Deck, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $10-$20
A comedy variety show for all ages performed by all ages. Geraldton you asked for a comedy show for all the family and in Funtavia 2018 you got it in Comedy Allsorts. It was a huge success with a sold-out show.
Well, Funtavia 2019 are doing it again.... family-friendly stand-up, award-winning young stand-up comedians and improvisers, with a little bit of sketch thrown in to keep it fresh, please give us a cheer for Comedy Allsorts - Variety Show. MC'ed by local stand-up and improv performer Kim Canny. This locally built show has performers ranging from 11-60 years. It gives local youth and adults an opportunity to be part of a FRINGE WORLD and encourages and continues to grow the exciting potential of the Midwest. Bring the family and have a laugh!
9:30am Cargo Hold, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $10-15
The search is on for Australia's funniest teens - Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Class Clowns is back! This one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition is open to people aged 14 -- 18 (Years 9 -- 12).
Register your stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act for free -- any format goes as long as it is 3-5 minutes long, and funny! You'll take part in a workshop with a professional comedian before performing your act in front of a live audience. Further info for participants at classclowns.com.au
12pm Cargo Hold, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $10-$15
Peter Davies' debut show, Phasing, explores the adventures of two friends as they brave a range of phases from paranoia to pretentious.
Done in a comedic and sometimes melodramatic style, the two friends learn that their adventures will get them into all sorts of trouble. How will they overcome their struggles when their very lives are on the line?
10:45am The Hatch, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $10-$15
A one-man comedy show by comedian, student and part-time cult leader Rhett Farmer...
Follow Rhett on an adventure from Geraldton to Mexico as he attempts to play all the characters he meets himself since no one else rocked up to rehearsals. (I don't know the venue or time so if you guys could put that in here that would be great... and this isn't a joke either actually don't leave this in I'm being serious - Rhett).
My producer Julian Canny said "Rhett you're not gonna make any money off of this, so you know it better be good."
11:45am The Hatch, Saturday 9th FebruaryTickets $10-$15
Hosted by renowned crap artiste Kirtsy Le Kipling
Can you draw? No? Good. You’re hired!
Calling all terrible artists in a Geraldton first art competition for the bold, the beautiful and the brave. Only the worst with a paintbrush, pen or pencil may enter.
Any previous art experience and training will result in on-the-spot disqualification. Don’t think you can get away with it because it’s “art”.
Be prepared to get put through your paces in a series of extremely difficult art challenges as we search for Gero’s Worst Artist… Could this be you? Highly likely.
6:30pm Cargo Hold, Friday 8th FebruarySIGN UP HERE
Get ready for a fun night filled with live music, good food and drink, singing and dancing… Dance for a Difference is here again Geraldton!
Dance for a Difference is a social event aimed at giving an opportunity for young adults with disabilities to sing, dance and mingle with other members of the community.
Our last event was a smash hit with over 60 attendees and this year, we’re bringing it to the highly anticipated Fringe World Festival right here in Geraldton, Funtavia.
Dance like no one’s watching - let’s connect our community for the better!
6:30pm Cargo Hold, Saturday 9th FebruaryFREE Tickets!
A fun interactive workshop that explores physical theatre for kids between the ages of 8-12 yrs.
Learn the basics of storytelling and characterisation using physical movement and facial expressions as well as fun and games that everyone will enjoy.
This workshop is part of the family-friendly festival Funtavia Jnr.
Funtavia is the Fringe World Festival that comes to Geraldton annually.
9:30am Main Deck, Saturday 9th FebruaryWorkshop $10
Get a taste of Improv theatre in a fun, positive environment where your ideas are celebrated, and there’s no such thing as failure!
This is a workshop for kids between the age of 10 and 17.
Learn the basics of improvisation theatre through fun, energetic games. Develop the confidence to think on your feet and create hilarious scenes and characters in the moment. So get the kids out of your hair and out of the house this school holidays and sign up for this workshop as part of Funtavia Jnr.
10:45am Cargo Hold Saturday 9th Februaryworkshop $10
You will have the privilege of being guided by a local street artist with amazing knowledge who will talk about the techniques and the ins and outs of wall painting while giving a personal demonstration.
We also include a visit to the aboriginal Yamatji Art Gallery to see the diversity of culture and to hear historic stories from our region.
This interactive discovery walk will let you put your theory to the test by giving you the opportunity to get involved in a local community project or a take-home artistic piece.
Join us on this unique and exclusive 3 hour tour to explore the arts and culture of our city.
10am Saturday 9th FebruaryFull Tour $69
Do you like drawing? Do you like birds? Then this is the workshop for you!
Pick a photo of your favourite bird to sketch, find out what it eats and where it lives, and draw it like a pro!
Your birdtoon may need some extra things to help them, like a fishing rod when they gets hungry or a hot air balloon to fly... Get creative and make your own birdtoon to take home and show off to your family and friends.
10:30am The Hatch Saturday 9th FebruaryRegister now!
LANEWAY // VENUES // BAR // FOOD
5:30pm til late in Geraldton’s Historic West End.
West End Geraldton WA 6530 Just look for the giant octopus...