We were born 59 years ago (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, and Australia's biggest, open access arts festival!
We completely take over Adelaide, its surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.
In 2020, it'll be our 60th birthday! Our dates are from 14 February-15 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.
Our atmosphere is indescribable, but here are some words that almost do the job: mythical, magical, fantabulous, fantasmagorical, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. You get the idea – we’re one in a million.
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 a pool, you’ll be bound to find Fringe goodness in some shape or form.
We're not-for-profit and an open access festival—we don’t have a curator handpicking shows. Anyone who wants to be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, can*! We provide 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, we’re for everyone. To put it simply, we’re here to unleash the fun!
*So long as they’re not doing anything illegal.
2020: 14 Feb – 15 March
2021: 12 Feb – 14 March
Mission and Goals
Goal 1: Fulfilled Artists
Attract a diverse range of cutting edge artists who leave the festival fulfilled, happy with the connection they made and audiences they attracted.
Goal 2: Thriving Venues
Have as many full houses across our diverse venues throughout SA as possible.
Goal 3: Engaged Audiences
Maximise audience satisfaction and ease of festival program and navigation.
Goal 4: Wow
Surprise and wow the audience and be the most talked about festival in the world.
Goal 5: Financially Stable
Have a strong and diversified financial base.
Goal 6: Agile Organisation
Be a successful, flexible and adaptable business and agile organisation.
“Na budni towilla yerta – Greetings to spirit of place” – Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer. Senior Kaurna Custodian of Ceremony.
Adelaide Fringe acknowledges the traditional custodians, the Kaurna people, whose ancestral lands we gather on. Adelaide Fringe also respects the Kaurna people’s ongoing spiritual and cultural connection to country.