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Fringe World has undergone a controlled urban sprawl in its very short life, encompassing more than 50 venues as far afield as Fremantle,Carlisle and Perth Zoo.

The world's biggest fringes have taken 60 years to grow to their enormous scale and spread, Fringe World director Marcus Canning says.

"We've always said we're taking a genetic engineering rather than an organic-growth approach related to our version of Fringe, and it's great to see the spread of Fringe World into an array of suburbs throughout Perth in its second year," Canning says.

Festival hubs now include Noodle Palace in Mt Lawley, run by the JumpClimb team that produced the Beaufort Street Festival, the Leederville Hotel, the Bohemia Film Festival at FTI in Fremantle and Tom Mueller's PS Art Space, also in Fremantle.

"These new hubs are being driven by entrepreneurial new WA producers who are making the most of Fringe as an opportunity, alongside some of our more seasoned and well-known venues," Canning says. "We look forward to more and more coming on board in future years."

These developments reflected a growing understanding in various suburban localities about the activating capacity of Fringe and other arts events. Witness the success of the recent Beaufort Street Festival, Light Up Leederville and Subiaco Street Festival.

"Perth is really starting to rock its suburban socks and get jiggy with it - and Fringe is proud to be part of that movement," Canning says. "A livelier, more active local culture means a better life for everyone."

The West Australian

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