Adelaide Fringe – the country’s largest and possibly wackiest festival. A huge, colourful and unhinged event – Edinburgh in the sun. The more formal Adelaide Festival now happens every year since 2012! The festival was born 57 years ago and since then it has grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, and Australia’s biggest ticket selling open access arts festival! The city practically pulses with creativity for 31 magical days and nights each year. In 2018, it will happen from 16 February – 18 March and if you ask anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to experience the Fringe, they’ll tell you themselves that it’s the best time of year to be in Adelaide. The atmosphere is indescribable, mythical, magical, fantabulous, fantasmagorical, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Venues big and small, pop-up and permanent house thousands of artists from all over Adelaide, Australia and the world. Around most of Adelaide’s corners, whether in an alleyway, a tent, a pub, a laundromat or an abandoned hospital for the criminally insane, you’ll be bound to find Fringe goodness in some shape or form. The important thing about the festival is that it provides a way for artists across all disciplines to share their work with the world. With free events, ground breaking work, new talent, innovative thinking and original voices, it is for everyone.
To kick off the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, North Terrace will come alive with roaming street performers, the gastronomical delights of the Night Markets, Frusic (Music SA Stage), Tindo Utpurndee Sunset Ceremony and the switching on of the Parade of Light.
To officially open to the 2018 Adelaide Fringe everyone is invited to this special sunset ceremony to recognise the living culture of the First Nations and to pay respect to the spirit of the land. When you walk in someone else’s country it is always important to walk softly and with respect. This place holds many ancient stories and Tindo Utpurndee is one of those, which speaks of spirit and sharing of light.
Following immediately after the Tindo Utpurndee, stick around for the official ‘switching on’ of the Parade of Light’ lightshow! Watch as the world’s most beautiful natural phenomenon The Northern Lights is recreated right here in Adelaide!
Watch as North Terrace comes alive every night of the Fringe with a spectacular corridor of light connecting the city’s eastern parklands to the Riverbank precinct. With buildings serving as projection canvases, eclectic night markets and a electric opening night street party, the Parade of Light will provide artists with a designated place to interact with audiences for all thirty-one nights of the Fringe.