Adelaide Fringe continues to cement its status as Australia’s biggest arts festival with the launch of the 2023 program, and tickets are on sale now!
The program is jam-packed with more than 1200 shows across comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, visual art, music, interactive and the new genre for 2023, Eat & Drink.
The opening of the five-week long festival will be marked with a welcome to country, held at Adelaide Botanic Garden on 12 February, the Sunday before Fringe begins.
Minister for Arts, Andrea Michaels MP said, “Adelaide Fringe is an absolute drawcard for South Australia and it’s no secret as to why. You only need to see how the city’s atmosphere shifts across February and March to understand why it’s special and why it has such an immense impact on tourism and the economy in South Australia.”
The 2023 program has seen a 14 per cent increase on last year’s number of shows, and excitingly the number of international shows will return to pre-COVID levels. Interstate and international acts make up over 40 per cent of the 2023 program.
An important part of the Fringe are the Ambassadors, who help to promote Adelaide Fringe to interstate and international audiences. Ambassadors of the 2023 season include long-time Fringe performer and Drag Race Down Under finalist Kween Kong, who is performing in B.A.Bz in Wonderland Spiegeltent at Hindmarsh Square. Plus the internationally respected performance artist Penny Arcade in the new Pyramid venue in Victoria Square. Along with comedy powerhouse Sarah Millican in Thebarton Theatre.
The Ambassador Program has been running for 10 years, and this year iconic Ambassadors including Marcia Hines and Ross Noble will return to raise Fringe’s profile around the world.
Fringe Ambassador Marcia Hines said, “I am delighted to be performing in Velvet Rewired next year, as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Adelaide Fringe Ambassador Program. I am proud to have been an ambassador. I love Adelaide and the Fringe. It holds a special place in my heart as it was where Velvet was born.”
There are so many epic performances lined up for 2023, including an unmissable Fringe kick-off from Les Commandos Percu and their internationally acclaimed show Silence!
Fringe will also be present in the regions this year, with shows spanning from the far west of the state to the south east. Regional hubs such as Barossa Valley/Peramangk Country, The Clare Valley/Ngadjuri Country and Murray Bridge/Ngarrindjeri Country will be bursting with Fringe programs and over 12 per cent of the total 2023 line up.
There are over 300 venues this season, including favourites the Garden of Unearthly delights, Gluttony, Wonderland in Hindmarsh Square, Holden Street Theatres, Rhino Room, and Light at the Lab. You’ll also be able to experience some new venues including the Yurt at the Migration Museum, The Vault & The Pyramid at Fool’s Paradise, and AC Arts in Light Square among many more!
Tickets on sale now at adelaidefringe.com.au.
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