So what does this mean at Adelaide Fringe?
It means reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by:
- measuring the impact Fringe has on the broader mental health and well-being of Fringe-goers
- ensuring at least half of full-time Fringe staff are qualified in Mental Health First Aid
- increasing the opportunity for social connection amongst Fringe staff and volunteers, and
- understanding how Fringe can improve its promotion of good mental health and wellbeing to our Artists, Venues and Audiences.
It means sharing the message of how to be a good Fringe go-er, including how to be Covid-Safe, and encouraging responsible consumption.
It means supporting artists by:
- providing a Professional Development Series for Fringe artists and venues to foster, upskill and train creative entrepreneurs, and
- distributing grants to Artists, Venues and Producers to help support their work and make their Fringe seasons financially sustainable.
It means making our recruitment process genuinely accessible and inclusive for all applicants, mapping out future employment opportunities for contracted staff, and providing paid traineeships through the AFL ArtsReady program.
It means supporting our local vulnerable communities by providing tickets through our Community Fund for disadvantaged groups, schools and individuals who may otherwise not be able to experience Adelaide Fringe, and encouraging Fringe participation throughout regional communities to drive local tourism and employment opportunities.
It means engaging with external partners to ensure Fringe can be more accessible to a diverse range of audiences, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
It means ALL Fringe managed offices and worksites have accessible and gender neutral bathrooms as a standard.
It means taking urgent action on climate change, including:
- reducing and offsetting our total energy usage
- using hybrid or electric vehicles where possible
- sharing information on how to get to and around Fringe by encouraging the use of public transport, cycling, ride sharing and other means of affordable and sustainable transport
- researching the sustainable practices of SA waste management companies and sharing this info with our artists and venues
- using preventative measures to reduce waste, and
- making all of our stakeholders accountable through our Environmental Code of Conduct.
It means implementing and reporting on our Reconciliation Action Plan and Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
It means being a leader in the Fringe and Festival circuit nationally and internationally, and encouraging our partners and other companies to adopt sustainable practices.
And, it means getting our partners on board to help us achieve these goals and ensure our values align.