Adelaide Fringe Program Launched

Around 6000 artists will converge for next year’s Adelaide Fringe, with a record 1223 events ranging from the ever-popular circus-cabaret extravaganzas to shows with a political edge such as Trumpageddon and The Pauline Hanson Musical.

In launching the full 2018 program today, Adelaide Fringe director and CEO Heather Croall said it was “more inclusive than ever before” and showcased an amazing level of diversity.

“Next year’s Fringe boasts a smorgasbord of unique experiences in unexpected places – from sipping tea with grandma in a caravan to a séance in a shipping container and speed dating on a ferris wheel.

“The festival is also full of shows that address issues such as mental health, disability and gender politics, and tell inspiring stories from artists who bravely put themselves in front of our festival audiences.”

The 2018 Fringe will open on February 16 with a street party and the switching on of the previously announced Parade of Light, which will see colourful light projections on buildings along both sides of North Terrace that continue nightly until the festival closes on March 18.

Among the 442 spaces hosting shows and events will be 144 new venues – including the National Wine Centre, Plant 4 Bowden and Raj House (the headquarters of Feast Festival) –  with Kangaroo Island joining the regional hubs for the first time.

The Gluttony hub in Rymill Park will expand further next year, and as reported yesterday, the Royal Croquet Club will return to Pinky Flat.

A number of the popular and award-winning shows from this year will be back in 2018, including British theatre production We Live by the Sea, Adelaide playwright Emily Steel’s poolside theatre show 19 Weeks, cabaret-circus spectacular Blanc de Blanc,
The 360 Allstars, Sammy J: Hero Complex, cabaret artist Reuben Kaye, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Cirque Africa.