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Fringe opening marks start of festival season


The 2022 Adelaide Fringe kicks off tonight, marking the start of one of the hallmarks of Adelaide’s festival season.

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More than 6000 artists from around the world are descending on South Australia’s capital for the Fringe which will boast more than 1000 shows over 31 nights this year.

Adelaide Fringe director and CEO Heather Croall said more than 50 shows had already sold out.

“There are so many people who have worked incredibly hard to bring this beloved festival to life – from our entire Fringe team to the artists who breathe life into their shows, and all the venues to ensure everyone can enjoy a COVID-safe festival,” Croall said.

“Ahead of opening weekend, the box office is 5 per cent up on the same time as last year, which is showing huge audience enthusiasm and excitement. We’ve got 72 new venues and 618 new shows, theatre, music, art, cabaret, comedy – the list is endless, and it all starts tonight.”

A Welcome Ceremony will be held in Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga at 4.30pm today to mark the launch of the Fringe’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights in Rundle Park will also open tonight.

The Fringe’s COVID-management plan with SA Health permits their venues to sell at 75 per cent capacity.

Free public transport from noon Fridays until midnight Sundays will also be available from tomorrow until March 20, the State Government has announced, in a bid to support the festival season.


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