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The Adelaide Fringe Festival comes to Salisbury
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Part of the Art Work Decorating Salisbury's Secret Garden in Civic Square


Living in Adelaide's outer suburbs can sometimes make you feel a little remote from events like the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The unpredictability of our public transport system can make it difficult to go to shows in the city, and driving isn't an option if you are going to drink too.

Residents of the northern suburbs will be delighted to find that they are no longer isolated from the buzz of the Fringe Festival during Adelaide's mad March. In 2015 Salisbury has its own Fringe hub called The Salisbury Secret Garden.

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A Sculpture in the Civic Square.


Set in the newly revitalised Civic Square at the city centre, Salisbury Secret Garden will be the focal point for ten local Fringe venues from February 19 to March 1. All the venues are located within a short walk of the Fringe hub, and they will host more than 100 free and ticketed performances during the eleven days.

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Enjoy the Shade in The Salisbury Secret Garden


Every day there will be free performances and activities in Civic Square or nearby, including buskers, lawn bowls, totem tennis, a pop-up library, hop scotch, quoits, giant games, garden workshops with OPAL, a Salisbury Secret Garden photoboard, and much more.

A new and free family event this year is An Evening In The Secret Garden on February 21 featuring face painting, exciting workshops, a nature play space including a huge sandpit, Dig-a-Dino, performances by Fringe artists, buskers and a range of activities. Then on February 27 enjoy a free outdoor cinema experience at the screening of "The Croods" near Civic Square.

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Where Would a Secret Garden Be Without Lots of New Plants?


There are far too many performances to individually list here, but you should read the program online or download it from this page. Many acts are suitable for children, while some feature mentalism and magic, music, comedy, satire and pantomime.

Although The Salisbury Secret Garden is a dry zone, several licensed venues are extending their hours specially for the occasion. The Stockade Tavern just down the road will be joining in the celebrations with their own special Fringe area and entertainment situated conveniently right next to the bus station - check their website for more details.

Of course there will be some tantalising food on offer too, with many local eateries open for extended hours while local restaurants at Stockade Tavern, L B Vietnamese, Ipho Noodle Bar, Fasta Pasta, Tandoori Temptations, Salisbury Hotel Bistro, and Café Primo will all be serving lunch and dinner during the week.

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Have a Counter Meal at the Stockade Tavern


Follow the Facebook page for the Secret Garden and get all the updates and goss about what's happening for the Adelaide Fringe in the northern neck of the woods.
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Why? Who doesn't enjoy a secret garden
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Where: Salisbury Civic Centre, South Australia
Cost: Mostly free
Your Comment
Great blog Dave. I'm the Community Engagement Officer in Salisbury and know this is going to be a great event for the area. The new Civic Square is looking good and if you want to see progress pics before its official opening please visit the City of Salisbury's Pinterest account.
As you mention the Secret Garden is on Facebook and now also on Twitter @sgsalisbury. Please use #sgsalisbury if you come along and take picture and you can also check in via Yelp.
by acoul (score: 0|8) 2435 days ago
Another great gem uncovered today Dave! Well done and will be great seeing more food trucks too! Thanks!
Cheers! Joanne http://whatsonthlist.net
by micke (score: 1|73) 2435 days ago
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