Blog | Adelaide Fringe 2016

Adelaide Fringe 2016

9/2/2016 - Guest Blogger, Heather Croall, Fringe Director and CEO

fringeIt's February... Which means it's time for the Fringe Festival to hit Adelaide again!

Welcome to the Fringe from Director and CEO, Heather Croall

Fringe Takes a New Road

From humble beginnings 56 years ago, Adelaide Fringe has grown to become an event that completely takes over Adelaide during February and March. This incredible festival is now the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2016 Adelaide Fringe!

This year’s Adelaide Fringe is a particularly special one for me, as it’s my first year at the helm as Director and CEO.  There are a number of fantastic new events to experience including the Fringe Illuminations, the Digital Playground, an expanded Fringe Street Theatre program, Hybycozo light sculptures, Opening Night Street Parties and many more.

The opening weekend will kick off on Friday, 12 February with a poignant opening Kaurna ceremony on the lawns in front of the South Australian Museum at sunset, leading into the switching on of the Fringe Illuminations. There will also be Street Parties throughout the CBD and hundreds of Fringe shows happening all over Adelaide. The spectacular Fringe Parade is on Saturday, 13 February and will feature luminous floats aplenty as it makes the move to North Terrace this year. As well as a new day and location, there will also be a mass flash mob of The Madison to Nutbush City Limits at the end of the parade, so wear your dancing shoes with your best pink outfit.

The Fringe Illuminations will turn the North Terrace cultural institutions into living canvases of light for the first two weeks of the Fringe. These architecturally mapped projections created by Illuminart and The Electric Canvas will make you want to promenade along the cultural boulevard every night. They will feature stunning animations will bring the buildings to life and one will even be an interactive projection.

Also lighting up Rundle Mall will be Hybycozo, a series of five gigantic luminous steel sculptures that will be stationed down Rundle Mall throughout the Fringe. It is the first time these beautiful, magical sculptures have been in Australia and they truly have to be seen to be believed.

Part of the new ‘interactive’ genre is the Digital Playground at the State Library of South Australia. Put on a virtual reality headset and be transported to another world.

These are just some of the highlights of the mind blowing opening weekend of this year’s Adelaide Fringe. All the while there will be hundreds of Fringe shows going on in the many venues. Take a risk and go see something you wouldn’t normally see – it might change your life.  I can’t wait to share this wonderful time of year with you all and I encourage everyone coming out for the Fringe to be brave, hit the streets and think pink!

COTA SA’s Guide to the 2016 Adelaide Fringe

In 2016, the Adelaide Fringe has over 1,000 registered events featuring everything ‘arts’ you could possibly want and COTA SA is here to help you navigate through the maze of choices.

Click Here to see our guide to the 2016 Fringe.