WHAT jolly people are Benny Chia and his team over at the Fringe. Anyone who thinks Hong Kong is a soulless city with a concrete heart needs only pop over to that hotbed of alternative culture in Lower Albert Road to be proved wrong. Keeping Posted was present when Fringe '94 was launched at the weekend and what a fun-filled occasion it was. Even festival chairman Ronald Leung got into the joyful spirit of things. Urban Council chairman Leung - considered the patron saint of public toilets for his zealous campaigning on this matter - provided light relief with a speech peppered with references to his favourite cause that had the audience flushed with laughter. Over the next three weeks festival director Chia and his gang have put together more than 100 acts - ranging from multi-media teabags and naked mime to contemporary dance and original revue. One of the keen guests at the opening night was Hong Kong's new Ambassador to Washington, Barrie Wiggham - a life patron of the Fringe Club. In town for a briefing being held for the territory's commissioners abroad, the trip happily coincided with the Fringe event for Wiggham. Chia called the festival ''rich and varied'', to which we would add ''and deliciously zany''. These guys deserve our support - and every bit of spare cash that the Urban Council can afford.