- The Adelaide Fringe is the biggest festival in the southern hemisphere.
- A biennial event since 1960, it became an annual event in 2007.
The Adelaide Fringe began as an alternative to the Adelaide Festival and has become an inspirational, dynamic, enormously popular event that embraces local and small scale artists as well as experimental, risk taking performers. Anyone with ideas and enthusiasm can register to be a part of the program that is widely embraced by the public.
The festival runs over 24 days and nights in February and March each year. With hundreds of cabaret, comedy, dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts events on offer, the city is completely overtaken by a festive vibe. Adelaide’s every nook and cranny is appropriated by artists, turning the city into one eclectic performance space, complete with balmy summer nights.
The event is renowned for fresh ideas, risk, imagination, spontaneity and fun. Artists from across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in all art forms. It provides audiences with a chance to see unpredictable, unusual and completely new performances.
More than a million people attend the free and ticketed events at the festival, which features 3,000 artists and more than 500 events at 260 venues. The opening night party alone attracts more than 80,000 people.