It's the world's second largest annual arts festival, and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival attracts an estimated 1,560,000 audience members each year. And, it's right here - in our very own backyard. How lucky are we?
Adelaide in autumn is when our city is it's at it's most beautiful. The days are long and sunny, the nights are warm and balmy. Autumn colours are everywhere and the city just sparkles.
Through the Fringe Festival, our state is showcased to the world as a very sophisticated, friendly and fun place to be.
South Australia is known as the Festival State. The term originated from the Adelaide Festival, but the phrase encompasses much of our lifestyle. Festivals in South Australia are a big part of our cultural identity. Every year here in SA there are more than 400 festivals - some are big, some are small and then there are some that are huge - like H U G E!
The Fringe Festival is huge.
The opening night parade kicks it all off on February 18th 2017. The Fringe finishes 4 weeks later on the 19th of March and it is seriously the best 4 weeks that you can have in Adelaide.
If you love live theatre, enjoy laughing hysterically at comedy shows, listen to music and singers doing what they do so very well or simply strolling the street and gardens and watching some world class buskers do some mind-blowing acts, then you'll find plenty to keep you busy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. There is nothing that can't be found and enjoyed - there's a massive variety of entertainment on offer - something for every age, something for all to enjoy.
Artists set up shows in venues big and small in the city and in the suburbs. Fringe appears at the Adelaide Airport and on university campuses. There will be lots going on in the state's regional centres too.
Here are a few survival tips for those wanting to see and do as much as they can at this year's Fringe:
Sleep or power nap through the day and hit the shows and venues at night. Wear comfortable shoes. Berocca. That is all. Berocca. Eat good healthy food - there's lots of it available at the Fringe. It's fresh, it's cheap and it's so very yummy. Stay hydrated. Summer is kinda over by March. Kinda, but not quite. Drink lots of water. Be prepared for car parking chaos and plan ahead. The Fringe Festival is not the only festival in town - there's the Adelaide Festival, Womad, the Clipsal 500 etc etc all happening at the same time. If you want to bring your car in, then be prepared to walk a long way. If not, public transport is great in Adelaide! Catch a bus! Not sure what to go and see? With more than 1200 events in the program, the choices can be overwhelming. Check the daily reviews boards and if there's a "sold out" sign on a show, then that may be a good clue! Talk to people. We Adelaideans are really friendly people! Talk to us - we'll talk back, I guarantee you.
The countdown to Fringe has started. There are hundreds and hundreds of things to see and do and a lot of it is free. Bring the little kids, bring your grandparents - they'll love it as much as you will!
So, I say - let Mad March begin! Are you ready to be entertained?