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Premier Steven Marshall with Adelaide Fringe CEO Heather Croall, chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier and Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor at the launch of the 2022 Adelaide Fringe. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Metrics rule in the cultural Hunger Games

Two press conferences held within hours of each other on the first day of the Adelaide Fringe have been widely commented on in the local media. However, beneath the sensationalist headlines lie two issues: how do we value arts and culture, and how do we make arts and cultural policy?

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Naomi

Patrick Livesey’s finely-tuned embodiment of a cast of real-life characters slowly builds a subtle, complex and deeply affecting narrative of their mum’s life and death. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: The Umbilical Brothers

The Umbilical Brothers are back with two green screens and a technological arsenal to perform a re-imagined encore of their madly entertaining “multiverse” show that took out Best Comedy at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Oracle

Surrender your senses and lose yourself among the gods of old as you embark on a breathtaking journey into the stars with the visually stunning Adelaide Fringe premiere of Oracle. ★★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: I Want to Touch You

Imagine gasp-inducing acrobatics combined with contemporary dance combined with the warm, fuzzy feeling of a hug. There you have I Want to Touch You, the returning Fringe show from Adelaide-based circus giants Gravity & Other Myths. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: 27 Club

In elegiac, epic splendour, four talented Australian singers pay homage to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse – the five most distinguished members of the ill-fated 27 Club. ★★★★★