Adelaide Fringe has teamed up with the Don Dunstan Foundation to release an inaugural guide to the wide range of events promoting cultural diversity and social progress at this year’s festival.
The Social Change Guide to the Fringe features 85 dynamic works highlighting important issues such as domestic violence, asylum seekers, racism, mental illness and sexuality.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the open access festival supported artists making powerful statements in their performances.
“Many of the producers and presenters behind these shows are basing them on personal experience in the hope they can start honest conversations and reduce stigma in the community,” Ms Croall said.
“One of the most appealing aspects of the Fringe is the ability to bring awareness to subjects that often don’t get mainstream attention.”
Don Dunstan Foundation executive director David Pearson said the shows included in the guide offered festival-goers a chance to see the world from a different perspective.
“When we make art accessible – as the Fringe does so well – we improve the quality of life of everyone in our community,” Mr Pearson said.
“At its best, art can inspire us to take action for a fairer world. This is the very purpose of the Don Dunstan Foundation, and is why we have put this guide together.
“We hope the guide will also inspire people to get involved in the social change organisations that have thrown their support behind this important initiative.”
Digital copies of the Social Change Guide to the Fringe are available now from the Don Dunstan Foundation website – please visit www.dunstan.org.au/fringe.
The 2017 Adelaide Fringe will run from February 17 to March 19.