18 Facts About Adelaide Fringe


The Fringe begins with free opening night celebrations, and other free events occur alongside ticketed events for the duration of the festival.

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Three main temporary venue hubs are The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony and the Royal Croquet Club, and other temporary and permanent venues hosting Adelaide Fringe events are scattered across the city, suburbs and region.

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Adelaide Fringe is governed by the Adelaide Fringe Board, which employs a director and CEO, a deputy director and a large team of adjunct staff to manage various aspects of the festival.

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The Adelaide Fringe is an open-access event, meaning that there is no curator seeking out the events which form part of the programme.

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Adelaide Fringe begins with free opening night celebrations, and free as well as ticketed events continue for the duration of the month-long festival.

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Some permanent establishments regularly hosting Adelaide Fringe events have included the Holden Street Theatres, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Bakehouse Theatre, The German Club in Flinders Street, The Rhino Room, the Odeon Theatre, Norwood and the National Wine Centre.

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The Adelaide Fringe Ambassador participates in the Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Parade and performs during the Fringe.

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Adelaide Fringe activities consisted of local visual arts, crafts, performing arts and amateur theatre groups organising productions, exhibitions and events alongside the Festival and running for two weeks.

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In 1964, Adelaide Fringe was host to 52 art exhibitions, collections and performances.

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The first independently organised Adelaide Fringe, known as Focus Festival, came into being and was seen as a huge success.

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In 2006 South Australian Premier Mike Rann announced that the Adelaide Fringe would receive extra government funding to enable it to become an annual event from 2007 onwards.

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In 2007, the Adelaide Fringe became an annual event, after receiving funding from the state government of, which was deemed a success.

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In 2011, the Adelaide Fringe Parade was cancelled due to rain, but 334,000 tickets were sold, equating to over.

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In 2013, after a boost in government funding, Adelaide Fringe was extended to run for a 4-week period, commencing Friday 15 February.

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British comedian Alexis Dubus vowed not to perform in future Adelaide Fringe Festivals, citing his reason as the festival being driven by larger venues, which attract crowds who buy drinks instead of show tickets, leading to poor ticket sales and cancellations for shows.

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The reach of Fringe has been pushing further out of the boundaries of Adelaide, into regional centres.

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Entries are open to artists in the Adelaide Fringe who are planning to register with the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.

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Since 2007, the Adelaide Fringe holds an annual competition to select the cover art for the festival's guide, website, posters and general branding.

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