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The 2016 Adelaide Fringe runs from 12 February – 14 March

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, music, visual art and design.

Adelaide Fringe literally takes over the entire city with over 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 free events, which run throughout the program. These events add to the carnival atmosphere that engulfs the entire city and include the Fringe Parade, Fringe Street Theatre Festival and Fringe Funhouse in Rundle 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.

Future dates:
2016 12 Feb – 14 March
2017 10 Feb – 12 March
2018 16 Feb – 18 March
2019 15 Feb – 17 March

Adelaide Fringe Program

Access the Fringe Program online or pick up a Fringe guide from the Norwood and Rundle Mall box offices or at one of our suburban outlets listed here 

Tickets are available for purchase through FringeTIX.

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 2015 there are 376 Venues, 1058 Events and a total of 9875 Sessions.

Free Events

Alongside the open access program, Adelaide Fringe produces 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.

Fringe Street Theatre Festival – a curated ‘mini-festival within a festival’, held over the March long weekend.

Fringe Funhouse in Rundle 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 and via phone at 1300 621 255.

Click here for box office and outlet information.

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 South Australia
Goal 5: To have a strong and diversified financial base
Goal 6: To be an outstanding and innovative business

Artist Participation

To be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, artists pay a one-off registration fee which includes a listing in the online program and the printed guide. 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.

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