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The Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Adelaide Fringe
The Adelaide Fringe Festival can be a bit overwhelming at times. With hundreds of performers taking part in over a thousand events in South Australia, how do you decide who to see? While I can't help you with that dilemma, I can suggest some free things to do at the Fringe Festival that you will love.
Here's my Captain's Pick of free events at the Adelaide Fringe. Of course there are lots of other free events in the program, and I've included a link at the end to help you locate others that you may like.
he Fringe parade on Saturday, February 13 is a colourful spectacle that's popular with all ages. While it's a bit smaller than the Christmas Pageant, there are still nearly a hundred floats and 1500 artists who will be looking to catch your eye with their awesome acts. Starting after sunset at 8.30pm, you will be able to feed the family on freshly fried fare at the fun filled Adelaide Night Market on North Terrace from 5pm.
This year the Fringe Festival parade starts at the King William Street end of North Terrace, with a family zone as far as Kintore Avenue. From there the parade promenades to Frome Road where it disappears in a puff of smoke (just like the government would like the RAH to do). There will be lots of road closures, so consider using public transport to arrive.
Opening Weekend Street Parties You will find five awesome free street parties in Adelaide on the opening weekend, from a Creole Carnival in the East End to a Pink Party in the West End. In between you'll find a Japanese themed laneway party on Rundle Street, and a Poetry Slam with swoonful tunes in Topham Mall. Anyone for a hangover?
Starting at the Institute and Museum buildings, North terrace will be glowing glamorously with delightful displays that honour the Kaurna connection of the First Australians in Adelaide. Titled Tangkuinyendi Yabarra - Dreaming Light, the theme for this animated sound and light show will draw upon an indigenous shield in the South Australian Museum's collection for its inspiration. Don't miss seeing this!
Fringe on Tour Don't try to hide away from the Fringe Festival, because now they are tracking you down wherever you are. Fringe on Tour brings free things to do and sample pop up performances at venues around South Australia from Flinders University to Semaphore and Goolwa.
Visit the Free Digital Playground at the State Library (Image: Novus Res)
Digital Playground at the State Library Join the State Library on a journey into the digital world at its free Digital Playground, showcasing a world of virtual reality which will be an eye opener for many. Innovative South Australian company Novus Res will host a display comprising two exciting yet quite different types of virtual reality content during the Adelaide Fringe.
Enter a computer generated Avatar-like wonderland called Freelands, where you are completely immersed in VR using an Oculus Rift headset. Become the hero and explore a fantasy world bringing colour and life back to the fading world of Freelands. The second display from Novus Res is a series of 360 degree videos and photographs shot by Novus using their innovative MEKI real time virtual reality camera system which was developed right here in Adelaide. Fabulous fun things to do in Adelaide's cultural precinct.
You will also find Cube by Google's Creative Lab at the Digital Playground. Cube is an interactive audiovisual experience, with each face of the Cube displaying a different audio and video track.
FRUSIC Walking Trail
The FRUSIC Walking Trail is an interactive experience that uses the free Adelaide City Explorer smartphone app to guide you around Adelaide's iconic music places. While the FRUSIC Walking Trail is not live until February, you can still enjoy many other guided walks around historic Adelaide right now on the app.
See Desert Fringe at Port Augusta in the Flinders Ranges
Desert Fringe Desert Fringe is a two day mini Fringe Festival in Port Augusta packed with international performers alongside indigenous artists, set in the scenic background of the Flinders Ranges. Simply stunning.
Other Adelaide Fringe Festival Free Highlights
Of course there is always something happening at the Adelaide Fringe in the Mall. With roving performers and pop up acts there are plenty of free things to see and do. Don't forget there are a few ways to buy discounted tickets - not all the best things in life are free.
There's Free Entry at the Garden of Unearthly Delights
But if you seriously can't afford to pay for a show, then here's a list of many more free events at the Adelaide Fringe. But please remember that many performers work hard on developing their acts and have costs to cover, so if you can afford to be generous then why not?
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