Schools Program

Treat your students to the most enjoyable day out they’ll have all year! The Adelaide Fringe Schools Program provides assistance, benefits and resources to teachers booking memorable Fringe experiences for their students.

Fringe gives all artists the opportunity to opt-in to the Schools Program if they have an event that is appropriate for young people aged between 2-18 years. Artists are asked to nominate a discounted ticket price for schools and to provide free tickets for teachers as per the Department for Education teacher/student ratio guidelines (usually one or two per school group). The Schools Booking Guide containing this information is distributed to every South Australian school in January.

2020 saw the introduction of a Schools Equity discount. Category 1 to 4 schools are eligible for a discount of $5 per ticket on the Schools ticket price (or other relevant price) for any show in the Fringe.

“We have long understood the benefits that engaging with the arts can have on our students. However, the vast majority of our students lack significant exposure to different art forms. The opportunity to attend a Fringe event has been the highlight of the year for our class over the past two years. This wouldn’t be possible without the equity discount given to schools of a lower category. It allows our school to limit the amount of money we ask of parents, which leads to our students experiencing the richness of the arts at the Adelaide Fringe.” - Andrew Thomas, Northfield Primary School

Teachers can join the Schools Facebook Group and sign up to the Schools Program email list below to keep up to date and be informed of additional sessions and offers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Schools Program Coordinator by emailing or by calling 08 8100 2004.

The Schools Program Coordinator can assist you by:

  • Assisting you to select a show for your students*
  • Accessing discounted Schools price tickets (where available) for your group
  • Accessing free tickets for teachers (based on the Department for Education teacher/student ratio)
  • Putting you in contact with artists for in-school performances
  • Organising and invoicing a school booking for any Fringe event (not just sessions with a Schools price tickets)
  • Issuing your tickets

Stay tuned for the release of the 2022 Schools Booking Guide.

Sign up to the Schools eNewsletter here

Man stands in front of illustration on whiteboard while kids draw in their books

The Lost Sheep Show. Photographed by Fumika Takagi

School’s Poster Competition

Every year, Adelaide Fringe holds a Schools Poster Competition where students between Year 1 and 10 from Government, Independent, Catholic and Homeschool systems have the opportunity to submit a poster design. Students are asked to show us in their artwork what they enjoy about Fringe, or what Fringe means to them. Our judging panel is always impressed by the fantastic imagination, skills and creativity of the entries, and we’d love to have even more in the future! The winning student’s class will also receive a free Adelaide Fringe event to enjoy together - a great way to celebrate their classmates' win.

Read about the winner of the 2021 School’s Poster Competition and see their spectacular design here.

Stay tuned through our emails for the launch of the School’s Poster Competition for 2022!

Banner image: Schools Day Out 2021. Photographed by Chloe Elizabeth

Program Partner