About Fringe

We were born 57 years ago (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, and Australia's biggest ticket selling open access arts festival!

We completely take over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.

In 2018, we’ll happen from 16 February – 18 March and if you ask anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to experience the Fringe, they’ll tell you themselves that it’s the best time of year to be in Adelaide.

Our atmosphere is indescribable, but here are some words that almost do the job; mythical, magical, fantabulous, fantasmagorical, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. You get the idea – we’re one in a million.

Venues big and small, pop-up and permanent house thousands of artists from all over Adelaide, Australia and the world. Around most of Adelaide’s corners, whether in an alleyway, a tent, a pub, a laundromat or an abandoned hospital for the criminally insane, you’ll be bound to find Fringe goodness in some shape or form.

The important thing about us is that we’re open access, which means that we don’t have a curator handpicking shows. Anyone who wants to be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, can*! We provide a way for artists across all disciplines to share their work with the world.

With free events, ground breaking work, new talent, innovative thinking and original voices, we’re for everyone. To put it simply, we’re here to unleash the fun!

*So long as they’re not doing anything illegal.

 

 

Future Dates

2018: 16 Feb – 18 March

2019: 15 Feb – 17 March

2020: 14 Feb – 15 March 

2021: 12 Feb – 14 March

Mission and Goals

Goal 1: Fulfilled Artists
Attract a diverse range of cutting edge artists who leave the festival fulfilled, happy with the connection they made and audiences they attracted.

Goal 2: Thriving Venues
Have as many full houses across our diverse venues throughout SA as possible.

Goal 3: Engaged Audiences
Maximise audience satisfaction and ease of festival program and navigation.

Goal 4: Wow
Surprise and wow the audience and be the most talked about festival in the world.

Goal 5: Financially Stable 
Have a strong and diversified financial base.

Goal 6: Agile Organisation
Be a successful, flexible and adaptable business and agile organisation.

Recent Awards and Accolades 

2017 South Australian Tourism Awards 
Silver Medal Recipient 'RAA People's Choice Tourism Award'

2017 South Australian Tourism Awards 
Bronze Medal Recipient 'Major Festivals & Events'