ADELAIDE FRINGE IS A CELEBRATION OF ART, CULTURE AND CREATIVITY, SPLASHING OUR STATE WITH A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.
Adelaide Fringe brings world-famous acts, venues and events to all corners of South Australia. Prepare yourself for a non-stop party from 15 February to 17 March with thousands of shows, hundreds of venues and countless events popping up all over South Australia.
After Edinburgh, Adelaide Fringe is the largest Fringe festival in the world, and is loudly, and proudly, the biggest open-access arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Find out what to do, what to see and where to celebrate. Here is our guide to the top shows to see at Adelaide Fringe 2019.
ADELAIDE FRINGE MUST-SEE SHOWS
Each year's Fringe program is bursting at the seams with world-class, five-star acts. With so much on, we’d forgive you for being overwhelmed, but fear not; we come to you with suggestions for the top Adelaide Fringe shows to see.
1. JACKSON VS JACKSON
A whole hour celebrating the best music from Michael and Janet Jackson. Sign us up for Jackson Vs Jackson! Directed by Australia's choral queen Charmaine Jones, this must-see musical extravaganza pays tribute to the music legends’ most iconic work with highly acclaimed vocal powerhouse the Gospo Collective, a full band and supporting backing choir.
2. CIRCUS ABYSSINIA: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS
Run away with Circus Abyssinia as this incredible act takes you on a jaw-dropping journey of stunts, dance, contortion and wonder. Experience Ethiopia’s first ever circus and prepare to be plunged into another world as you follow the journey of two young brothers whose dream of joining the circus becomes a wondrous reality.
3. THE CHOIR OF MAN
Named last year’s Adelaide Pick of the Fringe and returning after a sell-out season at Edinburgh Fringe, The Choir of Man is not to be missed. Described as the greatest pub gig ever, nine ordinary guys take to the stage in a high energy performance of dance and live music featuring all your favourite songs.
4. YABBARA - GATHERING OF LIGHT
Spectacular light installations never fail to dazzle Fringe-goers, and this year is no exception with Yabarra - Gathering of Light illuminating the River Torrens. An incredible light and sound journey through eight breathtaking artworks, you will be guided along an interactive cultural landscape, learning the stories of Kaurna country on the Tarndaparri (the original name for the River Torrens).
5. OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Make the most of the Adelaide Fringe opening weekend with tonnes of (mostly free) events. The Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Street Party officially launches the summer festivities, with a street party, night markets and street performances.
ADELAIDE FRINGE VENUES
Get among the action at hundreds of Adelaide Fringe venues scattered around South Australia, many containing their own food stalls, bars and exclusive events. Most Fringe venues kick-on late into the night each day of the week. This year you’ll find shows in bars, laundromats, wineries, university lecture halls and even in the 10m dive pool at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre! Visit venues like the National Wine Centre, the A Club, the GC (formerly Grand Central at the German Club) or check out old favourites like The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony and RCC (formerly Royal Croquet Club).
FRINGE IN OUR REGIONS
Outside the city venues, the Fringe fun continues in regional South Australia. This year's line up of events includes some closer locations like Murray Bridge Fringe and Port Fringe, and some worth planning a weekend away for with Desert Fringe in Port Augusta, Fringe Mount Gambier and Unearth Festival in Whyalla.