BLUE FRINGE 2022
ARTS & LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Celebrating the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness. Promoting the benefits of creativity for mental wellbeing & resilience.
Youth Short Short Film Fest info
Closes Sunday Oct 16th
The Blue Fringe Short Short Film Festival is part of The Blue Fringe Art and Literature Festival which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The festival hopes to celebrate mental wellbeing in the Blue Mountains by giving young people the chance to express themselves in a non-judgemental environment, highlighting the importance of creativity and community.
Young people are invited to submit a short film less than 60 seconds, shot on smartphones.
Prizes will be awarded in 6 categories;
12 - 15 years
15 – 18 years
The entries will be screened at The Wentworth Falls TAFE on Saturday 22nd October during the Blue Fringe Festival with $1000 in prizes.
You can submit your entry at
More details on Instagram @bluefringefilmfest or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 30TH ANNIVERSAY
ART & LITERATURE
Entries Open: 1 August
Entries Close: 4th Sept 11:59pm
Art entries need to be delivered to the exhibition venue: Friday 14th October 12-4pm OR Monday 17th October 10-12pm
In Person Exhibition Opens at the Wentworth Falls Campus TAFE: Wed 19 October- Saturday 22nd October
Complete Works Book available from Wed 19 Oct at the exhibition
Award Ceremony at the Wentworth Falls Campus TAFE: Saturday 22 October
BOOKS FOR SALE
All entrants are eligible to receive 1 free copy of the 2022 Complete Works Printed Book.
The 2022 Complete Works will also be available for sale at the in person exhibition from 19-22 October. Please contact us if you have any questions.
A limited number of Blue Fringe 2020 and 2021 Collected Works printed books are still available for purchase.
THE STORY OF
The Blue Fringe Art and Literature Festival celebrates the creativity of people with a lived experience of mental illness and aims to raise awareness and create positive conversations about mental illness and the benefits of creativity for mental well-being and resilience.
Born and bred in the Blue Mountains, the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra People, the Blue Fringe Festival is held in October each year to coincide with Mental Health Month in Australia.
Through its life, Blue Fringe has showcased the talents of thousands of poets, artists, photographers and story tellers offering monetary prizes for excellence. For many, it is the first time they have shared their work publicly and for some the experience is life changing.
“Blue Fringe is an opportunity to be heard, to be seen. It opens up conversations. It brings mental illness out of the darkness and into the light.”
Read more about the story of Blue Fringe >
Blue Fringe 2022 has been made possible our wonderful supporters & sponsors
The Blue Fringe Festival would not be possible without the support of many generous local people and businesses over the years. Thank you for your ongoing support and for recognising the important cultural role this special event plays in our community and in generating positive conversations around mental health.
The Organising Committee for Blue Fringe is made up of workers from Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, Belong Blue Mountains and Blue Mountains Women’s Health and Resource Centre and a very committed and passionate team of wonderful volunteers.