Sunset Veranda

The City of Stirling's independent FRINGE WORLD pop-up venue, Sunset Veranda showcases a huge variety of local and international talent each year in January and February at  Brighton Reserve, Scarborough Beach. Featuring comedy, music, cabaret, dance and kids shows. With an exciting mix of free and low cost events, the venue attracted crowds of around 15,000 to over 50 events held throughout the season.

Sunset Veranda 2020

The award-winning Sunset Veranda pop-up venue returns to Scarborough Beach this Summer, and we’re on the lookout for some fabulous folk to perform at the venue!

Who are we?

Sunset Veranda is the City of Stirling’s independent pop-up FRINGE WORLD venue situated on Brighton Reserve, Scarborough Beach. It hosts a season of world-class entertainment amongst a buzzing seaside atmosphere with ticketed shows in the Big Top circus tent and free entry to the adjacent pop-up bar which features local musicians on the ‘Under the Sky’ stage

In 2019, Sunset Veranda had higher than expected attendances with over 14,000 attending the venue across the 20 days. We saw record breaking numbers with 21 sold out shows and four shows winning FRINGE WORLD Weekly Awards.

Sunset Veranda will host performances for the entire FRINGE WORLD season (Friday 17 Jan to Sunday 16 February 2020). The venue will be open to the public from 5pm to 10pm Thursday and Friday, opening 3pm -10pm on weekends and open for additional days & hours in an unlicensed capacity for family programming.

What can we offer?

  • A variety of performance time slots including family friendly morning and early evening sessions
  • Outstanding marketing resources; as we are Perth’s largest council, we can get your message out far and wide, with excellent penetration in Perth’s most engaged postcodes
  • A unique and stunning coastal location, giving you prime access to new audiences from all along the northern corridor
  • Artist development program - supporting you with the marketing campaigns on social media
  • Onsite box office and front of house team
  • Quality tech including operator/s
  • Dressing room facilities
  • Competitive ticket split arrangements and delivered fees upon negotiation
  • All round good times!

Who are we looking for?

A little bit of everything! In the past we have had a mix of comedy, music, circus, cabaret, burlesque, theatre, and children’s shows and arts workshops.

Our audience is comprised mostly of families and young adults who have mixed but mostly “entry level” experiences with the arts. It is essential that all events and activities are inclusive and accessible to the community; therefore all events at the Sunset Veranda must be free or low cost ($30 or less) so that everyone in the community has the opportunity to attend events regardless of their background.

Please note: shows with risqué, confronting or “left of field” material will be considered, however, as a local government run event there are limitations on how far we can push the envelope with our programming, and places for these types of shows will be limited. We recommend getting in touch early to discuss your idea before submitting an EOI.

Deadlines

If you would like to perform at the Sunset Veranda we recommend getting in touch asap as timeslots fill up fast.

The Expressions of interest deadline for the 2020 festival has been extended until Wednesday 18 September 2019. Submit your application today by reviewing the info pack below and by completing the online form.

  1. Read: Arts and Events 2018 EOI Info Pack
  2. Complete: 2019 EOI for Events Online Form 
  3. Email: supporting documentation (if applicable) to the Arts and Activation team here.

Award winners

A huge congratulations to the following Sunset Veranda artists on their 2019 Award wins:

Western Australia Children's Event Award Winner:
Magnus' Explosion Laboratory by Kids Cabaret 

Children's Event Weekly Award Winners: 
Cloud Child by DNA Puppetry
LET IT GO! SINGALONG AND DANCE PARTY!
Magnus' Explosion Laboratory by Kids Cabaret 

Dance & Physical Theatre Weekly Award Winner:
Opposites Attract by Atomic Silver 

Performance Spaces

Big Top 

The Big Top is a fully licensed and air-conditioned circus tent with flexible audio, lighting options and a 200 person capacity (seated). Last year saw a huge variety of acts utilise the space including circus, comedy, dance, cabaret and more! Ticketed shows only. 

Under the Sky Stage 

In addition to the Big Top, presenters have the opportunity to perform in the open-air area of the Sunset Veranda on our Under the Sky stage. Generally all performances within this space are free/unticketed. We are looking for static or roving entertainment as well as busker style acts suitable for bar crowds to cater to the great mix of family and adult groups who stay to enjoy the summer beachside atmosphere before and after nightly shows.

Under the Sky Performance Space 

The Under the Sky Performance Space comprises of the entire free-entry area between the venue entrance and the ticketed Big Top. The area is a grassed reserve, populated by flexible seating for the public who will be enjoying the bar and food facilities in the evenings.  We are looking for presenters groups who can offer dance classes, kids’ activities and community events. We encourage presenters to get creative with the space.

Ready to submit your Expressions of Interest for Sunset Veranda?
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Getting there

The Sunset Veranda is a pop-up venue which will be built on Brighton Reserve, 204 The Esplanade, Scarborough WA 6019

You can find us south of the new Scarborough Beach Pool, next to C-Breeze Kiosk.

Why not take advantage of our glorious location and walk, cycle or use public transport to get here! There will be VIP Bike Parking right at the entry to the Sunset Veranda.

The Sunset Veranda is conveniently located near the Scarborough Beach Busport, with buses running from both Glendalough and Stirling train stations. The 990, 410, 421 and 422 bus routes all service Scarborough Beach.

Visit www.transport.wa.gov.au for more information on bus routes, walking and cycling paths in the area.

Ride sharing services are a convenient and affordable way to get to and from the venue safely. The ideal drop off point for ride sharing services is at the cul-de-sac at the southern end of The Esplanade or (for ramp access from the road) at 199 The Esplanade.

Parking

Scarborough attracts families from far and wide, so parking is limited. If you absolutely must drive, it is recommended that you allow yourself extra time to find parking.

In addition to the general parking areas along the Esplanade, we recommend parking in the following locations:

  • Wilson Parking multi-level car park on Manning Street . Two hours free or $5 for all day parking (approximately 800m north of the venue).
  • Paid parking underneath the Rendezvous Hotel, access via West Coast Hwy and The Esplanade (approximately 500m north of the venue).
  • 110 Free parking bays in the Reserve Street carpark off West Coast Highway (approximately 1km north of the venue).

Please be respectful of our neighbours by not parking on their verges or blocking their driveways. Parking patrols are regularly undertaken in the area and fines for illegal parking will apply. This includes parking in no-stopping zones, on residential verges, driveways, tow away zones etc.

Ticket refunds will not be offered to patrons who are late because they couldn’t find parking, so please plan ahead, and use alternate methods of transport where possible.

Accessibility

The Sunset Veranda is a grassed venue accessible by wheelchair.

The closest ACROD bays are in the lower Esplanade carpark, with the entry off Brighton Road. It is recommended that patrons parking in these bays use the footpath around C-Breeze Kiosk towards the entry to the Sunset Veranda. This is the most direct path to our venue entrance and has the least incline.

Our Big Top performance space has seating allocated for people with accessibility needs and their companions. We recommend you get in touch with the venue prior to attending to advise us of any accessibility needs you may have so that we can greet you at the venue and grant you priority access to the show.

Some shows in our program feature Auslan translation or Audio Description services and many of our shows are considered relaxed performances, welcoming to neurodiverse audiences. Please check individual shows in our program for more information.

FAQ's

About 

The Sunset Veranda will return for the 2019 Fringe World Festival with a season of activities, performances and entertainment at Scarborough Beach.

The Sunset Veranda is a pop-up open-air bar, with free entry to the public, delicious food vendors, a viewing area to watch the glorious sunset and an enclosed ticketed performance space.

Attendees to the Sunset Veranda are able to relax and enjoy the summer beachside atmosphere before and after shows. As the pop-up bar is an attraction in itself, a great mix of family and adult groups float in and out all evening.

Cost

Free entry to the 'Under the Sky' open-air bar / Big Top shows $6 - $36.

Venue capacity

Sunset Veranda has a maximum capacity of 500, with 200 seats in the Big Top.

Operating hours

Sunset Veranda is open 5.00pm - 10.00pm Thursday/Fridays and 3.00pm - 10.00pm Saturdays/Sundays as licensed venue. The venue will also be open at other times for kids/all ages activities and shows.

Performance space

The performance space within the Sunset Veranda will be contained in a 18m x 18m Big Top circus tent. Theatre seating configuration will allow for up to 200 patrons per show, with staging and production dependent on individual performance requirements.

Performance times

The performance times will vary from day to day, however the duration of amplified noise will not exceed three hours per night, within the hours of 5.00pm and 10.00pm. The only exception will be in the event of family shows which will occur during the day within the confines of the Big Top. All performances will finish by 9.40pm allowing security to clear the venue by the 10.00pm license curfew.

Age restrictions

The Sunset Veranda is an 18+ licensed venue however minors may attend with a parent or legal guardian

Dogs

We love dogs! However they are not permitted inside the venue. We have set up a Puppy Pitstop with water bowls immediately out the front of the venue where you can tie up your dog.

Beverages

Sunset Veranda will operate as a licensed venue in the evenings, providing a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. The management and operation of the license will be handled by Event Logistics Australia. BYO alcohol is not permitted at the Sunset Veranda pop up venue.  

Food

The City will be engaging a food vendor to operate from the venue and provide a gourmet menu for the duration of the festival. Please note: You are not permitted to bring your own food or drinks to the Sunset Veranda pop up venue.

Sponsors

Sunset Veranda 2019 wouldn't have be possible without the generous support of our amazing sponsors:

Thank you for your support!

If you would like to sponsor Sunset Veranda 2020 please email culture@stirling.wa.gov.au.

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