I am a passionate traveller and writer from Adelaide, with an Honours degree in Writing and Creative Communication. Currently living in New York!
The Festival State living up to its name
You would think you have to go to Wonderland to find lampshades hanging in trees, or to Narnia to walk through a wardrobe, or to the magical world of Harry Potter to grab a drink in a double decker bus, but you don't. You just need to be in Adelaide for the annual Fringe Festival.
[ADVERT]Officially opening on Friday February 15, the Adelaide Fringe Festival will run until March 17, and will include an endless array of concerts, comedians and theatre shows, as well as the very popular Garden of Unearthly Delights. The garden, which opened a night before the official Fringe Festival opening parade, is free for anyone to enter (including minors until midnight).
Once inside the garden, prepare to be amazed by the amount of entertainment on offer. Several food carts line one side of the garden, and market stalls the other. Carnival rides occupy one corner, while various sized tents hosting an assortment of shows and acts (some suitable for children, and some not) take up the rest of the space.
You can even go op-shopping in a bus, get a drink in a double-decker bus, and give your feet a rest by sitting on one of the many toilets situated just outside the entrance to the actual restrooms. If you don't want to spend any money to see a show, you can certainly get enough out of the garden by enjoying Adelaide's beautiful summer nights under the glow of party lights whilst taking in the exciting atmosphere.
When you think you've seen enough in the garden for one night, you have the option of moving on to the smaller area across the road known as Gluttony. Primarily a spot for having some drinks and a dance, Gluttony is set up like a house outdoors with lamps hanging from trees, couches and kitchen tables set up on the grass, wardrobes acting as walls and doorways, and tents done up with wooden doors and glass windows. If you aren't interested in the silent discos or shows available in Gluttony, it's worth checking out just to set eyes on such an unusual sight.
Adelaide certainly comes to life during the Fringe, as countless people from all over the world flock to the Festival State to either participate in or attend the many activities on offer every night throughout the duration of the festival. For information and a list of all shows and activities, head to the Fringe Festival's official website. Come with an open mind, expecting the unexpected, and you won't be disappointed.