Our Reconciliation journey so far

Art has the power to educate, celebrate, bring together and share truths, and, as the largest open access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Adelaide Fringe is a unique platform to share the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to the world. Our vision for Reconciliation is to play our role in advancing a unified, just and respectful nation, through the use of inclusive Art in all its mediums.

As the biggest open access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, Adelaide Fringe is a unique platform to share the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to the world. Our vision for Reconciliation is to play our role in advancing a unified, just and respectful nation, through the use of inclusive Art in all its mediums. We are committed to creating space to listen, unlearn, and relearn true Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories. To hear Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. To pay respect to, celebrate and champion Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and customs.

A message from Heather Croall, Director & CEO of Adelaide Fringe, and RAP Working Group Co-Chair:

“We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people’s of this country and that reconciliation is the responsibility of everyone. First Nations Australians hold an immeasurably important place as Custodians of our land and waters and all of us at Adelaide Fringe would like to pay our respects. We are committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation across the Fringe and we will be measuring and be held accountable for our efforts to deliver positive outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Elders and the community."

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan is coming soon. 

Group of five artists bending and pointing at a performer standing tall with her hands up in the air.

Inma. Photo: Jordan Gollan, 2021

Throughout the years, Adelaide Fringe has worked towards supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Some of our reconciliation achievements so far include:

  • The development and implementation of a formal Reconciliation Policy. 
  • Instigation of the formation of the South Australian Indigenous Employment Cluster in Arts and Culture – a group of employers in the creative industries committed to increasing Indigenous participation and employment.
  • Creation of First Nations Collaboration Grants to reduce barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in Adelaide Fringe, supported by the State Government of South Australia.
  • Commitment to Adelaide Fringe Staff Cultural Awareness Training and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learnings including Walk on Country, Sleep on Country Tindo Yolurendee and Sunrise Ceremony.
  • Adelaide Fringe held four workshops in the creation of the RAP, two for the internal working groups including staff, volunteers and advisory committee, and two external workshops inviting members of the community and key stakeholders, including artists, venues, partners and industry to participate.
  • Supporting increased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment opportunities through dedicated work placements and on the job training opportunities.
  • Establishing a RAP Working Group with both internal and external members ensuring majority participation is with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, to guide decision-making and ensure a culturally appropriate approach to our RAP development.

Banner image: Inma. Photo: Jordan Gollan, 2021