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It’s going to be without question, bigger and better than ever, and at ‘The Playford’ you’re perfectly positioned to take in one of the world’s great festivals.

The Past

The Adelaide Fringe Festival began as far back as 1960 as an alternative to the Adelaide festival of the Arts, which at the time offered limited opportunity for artists to express themselves. By 1982 the event had expanded to include 86 performing arts groups in more than 50 venues. 56 visual art exhibitions and another 16 performing groups represented an enormous diversity of activities in schools and public places.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival
The Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Present

Fast forward to 2015 and you’ll find the festival has taken on a life of its own. Just look at this: 376 venues, 1058 events and a total of 3,875 sessions. So what is the Adelaide Fringe Festival all about? It’s an open access art festival run over 4 weeks, kicking off on 13th February. Unlike a curated festival, the open access nature of the fringe is that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be a part of Australia’s largest art event. The end result is one of the most incredibly diverse art festivals on the planet. Hundreds of artist from around the world participate alongside plenty of home grown talent in art forms that will amaze, surprise and delight everyone. You name it, the Adelaide Fringe Festival has got it; cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival is such a grand event that it virtually takes over the entire city. With over 900 events, it’s staged in places and spaces of all descriptions. Parks, warehouses, lane-ways and empty buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls. Alongside the open access programme, Adelaide Fringe produces a number of free celebratory events and activities in the city that reveals a wonderful festive atmosphere. It all begins with the iconic and tremendously popular Fringe Parade that is a brilliant celebration, heralding the beginning of the festival. There’s the Fringe St Theatre festival which is a curate mini festival within a festival. And there’s the Fringe Funhouse in Rundle Mall. It’s a central place where Adelaide fringe artists get the opportunity to showcase and promote their events.

The Highlights

On the big stage, some of the highlights of this year’s festival will be Danny Elfman’s ‘My Music from the films of Tim Burton’. From South Africa, brilliant jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim will dazzle everyone with his extraordinary playing. You’ll get the chance to see, direct from America, the Australian premier of the Fela! The Concert. American video artist Bill Viola is also dropping in with his stunning show of Selected Works. And from the United Kingdom, it’s the return of Mogwai with their rocking, expansive, instrumental sound that will give the place a real shake. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of this amazing and extraordinary festival, full of talent, ideas and creations. That’s the wondrous beauty of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

So take a big breath, and use ‘The Playford’ as your launching pad as you take the plunge into a brilliant festival.

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