Adelaide Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival run over four weeks in Adelaide, South Australia during February and March.
Unlike a curated festival, the open-access nature of Adelaide Fringe means that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event. The result is one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world, renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun.
Artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design.
Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with 900 events staged in pop up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and empty buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls.
Aside from the Fringe Club, Adelaide Fringe does not run venues itself. However, what it does do is advise, encourage and assist venues to be as successful as possible, both artistically and financially. This includes facilitating the matching of artists with venues and providing scheduling, programming, funding, marketing and publicity advice.
Key to the operation of Adelaide Fringe is its role to support, encourage and facilitate registered artists, presenters and venues. It works to ensure that artists and presenters have the best possible experience, right through from the registration process to their performances and exhibitions.
What differentiates Adelaide Fringe from many other Fringe Festivals in the world is that alongside the ticketed open access program are the Fringe produced and/or supported special free events, which run throughout the program. These events add to the carnival atmosphere that engulfs the entire city and include the Fringe Parade, Adelaide Fringe Street Theatre Festival and Fringe in the Mall.
For independent artists, Adelaide Fringe is an inspirational environment to showcase their work.
For audiences, it’s an opportunity to see exciting and entertaining contemporary work in an atmosphere that encourages taking a chance and seeing and discovering something new.
The next Adelaide Fringe runs from 14 February – 16 March 2014
2015 13 Feb – 15 March
2016 19 Feb – 20 March
2017 17 Feb – 19 March
2018 16 Feb – 18 March
2019 15 Feb – 17 March
Adelaide Fringe Program
The full Adelaide Fringe program is first released online in early December with tickets available for purchase through FringeTIX. The printed guide is released in the first week of January.
The program includes, but is not limited to, a variety of art forms including cabaret, Children’s events, comedy, circus & physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.
In 2012 there were over 4000 artists in 923 events and 6532 performances.
Alongside the open access program, Adelaide Fringe produces or supports a number of free celebratory events and activities that enliven the city with a festive atmosphere. They include:
Fringe Parade – a hugely popular iconic event that is the hallmark celebration heralding the start of Adelaide Fringe.
Spirit Festival – produced by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and held over the opening weekend, Spirit Festival celebrates Australia’s indigenous culture.
Adelaide Fringe Street Theatre Festival – a curated ‘mini-festival within a festival’, held over the third weekend of Adelaide Fringe.
Fringe in the Mall – Staged in a 1960‘s Caravan, Fringe in the Mall is the central place where Adelaide Fringe artists publicly showcase and promote their events.
FringeTIX is the ticketing service run and owned by Adelaide Fringe. It is where customers purchase tickets to all Fringe events and artists can monitor their ticket sales. Tickets are sold through FringeTIX box office outlets throughout the city and suburbs, online at adelaidefringe.com.au and via phone at 1300 621 255. Over 360 000 tickets were sold for artists through FringeTIX in 2012.
Mission and Goals
Vision: To be the leading open-access fringe festival in the world
Goal 1: To be the most renowned, innovative and unique fringe festival in the world
Goal 2: To build new audiences and sell more tickets to increase the return to artists
Goal 3: To encourage the diversity and quality of the artists registering in Adelaide Fringe
Goal 4: To have successful, sustainable and diverse venues throughout Adelaide
Goal 5: To have a strong and diversified financial base
Goal 6: To be an outstanding business
To be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, artists pay a one-off registration fee which includes a listing in the online program, the printed guide and iPhone application. As a Fringe registered artist, benefits include access to specific artist opportunities run by Adelaide Fringe and ticketing through FringeTIX. Learn more about registering as an artist.
Artists are helped throughout their entire Fringe experience with help finding venues, obtaining visas as well as marketing and publicity advice. More information on specific initiatives run by Adelaide Fringe for artists click here.