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City's fringe set to grow

Friday, 3rd May, 2013

BH Fringe project officer Meryl Rogers. BH Fringe project officer Meryl Rogers.

The development of the Broken Hill Fringe Festival is moving fast, with the project officer setting up base at the South Library.

The part-time position, which has been funded by Regional Development Far West, was taken up by Meryl Rogers.

Meryl has moved into the South Library and Community Centre and works there every Monday and Tuesday.

"It is nice to have a space to work out of," Meryl said. "The BH Fringe is an inclusive community event so I spend my time at the Library and in town as well.

"I'm getting to know people on both sides of the Line of Lode!"

Meryl said it was a great opportunity to be able to work from the South Library.

"People can come and see me if they want to talk about any ideas," she said.

The BH Fringe, which will run from October 17 to 27, is filling up the program fast with over 15 events already confirmed for the 10-day festival which takes in the Silver City Cup.

"We already have a host of events confirmed but there is still room for more," Meryl said.

"So far the program includes everything from skydiving and joy flights, a street party, picnic days and book reading to the full spectrum of creative industries."

While organisers are seeking fringe acts from all disciplines, volunteers, and sponsors, they are also calling for submissions from filmmakers in Broken Hill and beyond.

"The Broken Hill Film Festival is one aspect to the event. Using our combined networks we have already secured some great shorts and feature films, but one of our main goals is to increase local filmmaking and provide an opportunity to showcase local talent so we need to hear from local filmmakers," Meryl said.

"One project we would like to feature involves having young people interview Senior Citizens in our community to capture those amazing stories that make Broken Hill so special."

Anyone wanting to get involved in the BH Fringe may contact Meryl Rogers on 0466 825 017 or the South Library 8087 3494.

People wishing to submit films should email pattonvillage.film@gmail.com

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