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Fringe Awards:

The Weeklies
The Weeklies will be judged by a panel of leading international and national arts industry leaders. Each week throughout the Fringe they will aim to give an award to whom they deem are the best events in each art-form category.

Judges will also aim to give a Weekly to whom they believe is the best emerging artist(s) that they have seen that week. This award aims to highlight the lesser known, undiscovered gems within the Fringe program.

The judges themselves will decide which events they will attend and Adelaide Fringe will purchase those tickets for the judges. Due to the high number of events in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe only a limited number of events will actually be judged.

BankSA Awards

All winners of The Weeklies will automatically become the final nominees for the BankSA Awards that will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in the Fringe Club on the closing night.

The BankSA Awards are given to the overall outstanding event in each art-form category and will each receive a 2015 Fringe statuette and $500 generously donated from BankSA.

Art-form categories are:

  • Best Cabaret
  • Best Children’s Presentation
  • Best Circus & Physical Theatre
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Dance
  • Best Film
  • Best Music
  • Best Theatre
  • Best Visual Art & Design

BankSA TalkFringe Award
The most ‘talked about’ event on BankSA’s will win the 2015 BankSA TalkFringe Award. The winner will receive a 2015 Fringe statuette and $500 generously donated from BankSA.

BankSA Pick of the Fringe Award
The BankSA Pick of the Fringe Award is selected by Adelaide Fringe and BankSA from the list of Weeklies’ winners. The winner will receive a 2015 Fringe statuette and $2,000 generously donated by BankSA.

Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist(s) Award
This award supports an artist(s) presenting fresh and innovative new work, who are in the early stages of their artistic career(s). All winners of the emerging artists(s) category from The Weeklies will automatically become the final nominees for the Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist(s) Award. The winner will receive a 2015 Fringe statuette and $500.

Underbelly Edinburgh AwardApplications now open
Underbelly is one of the most respected festival organisers in the UK and one of the largest venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and they are looking for the best of Adelaide Fringe to join them in 2015. The winner of the Underbelly Edinburgh Award will be produced by Underbelly at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with production costs covered up to £7,000. Eligible productions must be a UK premier (not performed in the UK more than six times) and can be from any country.

We are looking for an innovative show that truly entertains, stimulates and fascinates. Our preference is for new writing / newly conceived productions rather than established texts and ideally we are looking for a production that falls within the Theatre, Comedy or Cabaret classifications.

If you have any further queries in regards to the eligibility of your show, for further information, or to ask for an award registration form, please email

Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE: Development Award 2015  – Applications now open
This award offers a South Australian artist/collective the use of a rehearsal space, either to support the creative development of a new work, and/or polishing and refining an existing work to a performance outcome. During the rehearsal period artists will have access to technical equipment and administrational and marketing support to present a series of showings which will be included as part of the inSPACE:development program in the Adelaide Festival Centre 2016. The winner will receive a statuette, three weeks use of rehearsal space in the Adelaide Festival Centre complex and use of the Adelaide Fringe Award Winner crest.  New works premiering at the 2015 Fringe are eligible to apply.  Apply online here. Applications close Saturday 31st January 2015.

Minter Ellison ‘Fringe & Beyond’ Award  – Applications now open
Presented by the Helpmann Academy and Minter Ellison Lawyers, The ‘Fringe & Beyond’ Award is an initiative through women@minterellison.  It is presented to a female performing arts graduate from a Helpmann Academy partner institution up to five years post graduation. The Fringe & Beyond Award offers $4,500 to an emerging female performing artist presenting a production at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival, giving them the opportunity to further develop and stage the show in the future.

For more information and to download an application form go to

John Chataway Innovation Award
In memory of John Chataway, Deputy Chairperson on the Adelaide Fringe Board who sadly passed away in 2010, this award is presented to the show which best demonstrates innovation, originality and excellence within its art-form or in the arts in general. John was an accomplished director who specialised in creative strategies for combining digital technologies with a broad range of communication channels. The award winner will receive a 2015 Fringe statuette and $2,000.

Tour Ready Award – Supported by Melbourne Fringe 
The Tour Ready Award is a fantastic opportunity for a South Australian based artist or company to take their work to the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The award recognises excellence in a live performance by a South Australian artist or group of artists. It acknowledges the success of the current production and it’s suitability for an interstate tour and rewards the hard work, resourcefulness and creativity of those involved in the production. Works by South Australian artists presenting seasons (5 or more shows) are considered eligible. The award winner will receive presentation assistance to the value of $2000 and free registration for Melbourne Fringe 2015.

Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art 
In memory of Eran Svigos, an extraordinary creative force, the Eran Svigos Award acknowledges the most outstanding Visual Arts Exhibition at Adelaide Fringe. A Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate, Eran co-founded Brompton Palace Art School and designed the costumes and street decorations for the Adelaide Fringe Parade as well as being an exhibiting artist at a number of Adelaide Fringe festivals. Eran also co-founded the internationally successful jewellery company Palas whilst she concurrently served on the South Australian Youth Arts Board. The winner of this award will receive a statuette and $2000 generously donated by the Svigos & Dimond families.

The Peace Foundation Award
The Peace Foundation Award is open to all Fringe artists who promote human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability through their work. The Peace Foundation has been a long supporter of working for peace through the arts by providing seed funding and arts grants for projects. By being part of the Adelaide Fringe Awards, The Peace Foundation aims to support artists whose work aligns with the objectives of The Peace Foundation and at the same time further their commitment to experimentation, excellence and innovation in the arts. The award winner will receive a statuette and $2000.  More information on the application process will be available shortly.

Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award
The Adelaide Critics’ Circle is the collective voice of Adelaide’s experienced critics in dance, drama, music and the visual arts. Established at the suggestion of Robyn Archer in 1996, the Critics’ Circle promotes the art of criticism, upholds its integrity in practice, and supports the advancement of the arts. In addition to its Annual Awards, the Critics’ Circle also presents its own weekly awards during the Adelaide Fringe, and an overall Best in Fringe Award.


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