Fringe performers threatened with homophobic violence

Fringe World has ended for another year but the final night of the celebrations saw threats of homophobic violence.

Patrons leaving the festival artists-only venue the Budgie Smuggler on the final night of the festival were confronted by a man threatening homophobic violence.

Some patrons leaving the venue located in the Perth Cultural Centre reported that a they were approached by a man who would question people about their sexuality and threaten to assault gay people. The man has been described as in his early 20s and of Asian descent.

A spokesperson from Fringe World said the incident was a disappointing end to the month long event.

“We’re really disappointed to hear this report as the Festival and the experience at this venue has been really positive throughout Fringe World 2018.”

The spokesperson said the incident had occurred outside the venue but the security teams had alerted patrons to the situation.

“On the night of the incident our security team were made aware of a patron being threatened outside of the Fringe World area, and communicated where possible to patrons leaving Fringe World venues to be aware of the situation.

“We did not have any other incident reports similar to this during the Festival.” the spokesperson said.

“We are proud of the history and record that Fringe World Festival has of annually enlivening Northbridge and making the precinct a safe and welcoming place for people from all walks of life.”

 OIP Staff

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