Friday, January 7th, 2011 - Adelaide Fringe
Australia’s largest arts festival just got bigger with 759 events, thousands of artists from across Australia and around the world and a bumper 325 venues packed into the 2011 Adelaide Fringe guide.

From Friday 18 February to Sunday 13 March, Adelaide Fringe will take over Adelaide, stretch out to the suburbs and hit regional towns in an extraordinary arts bonanza bursting with contemporary performance, theatre, cabaret, puppetry, circus, music, comedy, family-friendly events and art and design.

Adelaide Fringe program highlights include the huge new look opening night Fringe Parade and party Wonderland on Friday 18 February, featuring a free outdoor concert of Adelaide Fringe and Fuse Festival music acts across two stages. Adelaide Fringe’s converted retro caravan will tour Melbourne and Sydney to promote the festival to interstate audiences before returning to Rundle Mall to showcase free Adelaide Fringe performances throughout the festival.

Desert Fringe returns to Port Augusta and the Adelaide Street Theatre Festival is Australia’s wildest street theatre festival for the whole family. The Visibility Project and Lighten Up! in Light Square feature art installations and projections within shipping containers and Starting Point is a sensational group art exhibition of works by Adelaide Fringe visual artists. Spirit Festival is an extraordinary weekend-long celebration of Australia’s indigenous culture.

There’s also a brand new way to experience Adelaide Fringe this year thanks to an Australian-first partnership with SCVNGR, a social media game that’s all about going places, participating in challenges, earning points and unlocking fantastic rewards. Adelaide Fringe has created three SCVNGR treks that will help locals and visitors alike rediscover the changing city throughout the festival and share their experiences with friends online.

Adelaide Fringe Director and Chief Executive Greg Clarke said:

“This year’s program is packed full of jaw dropping spectacle, award-winning artists, world premieres, memorable theatre, brilliant entertainment, energetic mayhem and a hell of a lot of good fun. Adelaide Fringe is an open access arts festival in which anyone with artistic vision and drive is able to participate and present their work – which means there’s always something on to suit everyone, of all ages and tastes.

“Most importantly, given that Adelaide Fringe is the largest arts festival in Australia I must thank all the extraordinary companies, producers, venue managers and individual artists who with unrelenting energy work so hard to present their work. Now it’s up to all of us to get out, dive in and discover the vast range of exceptional experiences these artists have created.”

Adelaide Fringe Chair Judy Potter said:
“Adelaide Fringe goes from strength to strength each year thanks to artists who put together exciting, innovative and wide ranging work for audiences to enjoy. It’s terrific that the program is another record breaker with 759 entries, showing that more and more artists are choosing Adelaide Fringe as a platform for their work.”

Bank SA Managing Director Jane Kittel said:

“Bank SA has been along for the Adelaide Fringe ride since 2006 and we’re ecstatic to be backing it for years to come through programs such as the highly successful Support Act and talkfringe.com. The sheer breadth, depth and variety of the program is mind-boggling and I can’t wait to experience as much Fringe fun as I can.”

Audiences can get online at talkfringe.com.au and take advantage of cheap ticket deals and write and read reviews of their favourite shows. In 2011 the BankSA Support Act program continues its generous financial support, purchasing tickets at full prices from more than 110 Adelaide Fringe shows and offering them to the public for only $10.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FROM SATURDAY JANUARY 8 AT 9AM.

TO BOOK TICKETS GO TO ADELAIDEFRINGE.COM.AU OR CALL FRINGETIX ON 1300 374 643 OR VISIT THE FRINGETIX BOX OFFICE IN RUNDLE MALL.

For more information contact

Michelle Read / Publicist / [email protected] / +61 418 805 001 / +61 8 8100 2019

Miriam Attwood / Publicist / [email protected] / +61 8 8100 2083 / +61 415 054 137

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Miriam Attwood, Publicist

P: 08 8100 2083
M: 0415 054 137
W: www.adelaidefringe.com.au

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