The 2023 Adelaide Fringe is almost here, with program of over 1,200 shows, including lots of great shows by First Nations artists, from music and dance to visual art and comedy.
Here are our picks of the First Nations shows to see at the 2023 Adelaide Fringe, from February 17 to March 19. See the Adelaide Fringe website for tickets and more shows on the First Nations program.
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Kumangka Palti Yarta – Welcome Ceremony
12 February | Conifer Lawn, Botanic Gardens
Gather your friends, family and a picnic rug on the lawn before sunset for a beautiful ceremony to open the Fringe with multiple First Nations groups and performances.
Hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Elders and leaders, as they share their story of connection to Country and participate in a smoking ceremony, to acknowledge the ancestors and pay respect to the land and waters on which we gather. Get tickets.
24-25 February | Pakapakanthi (Victoria Park)
Following 2022’s award-winning Sky Song comes Electric Skies, a drone and music spectacular launching 500 drones over one hundred metres into the night sky above Pakapakanthi/Victoria Park in an electrifying light show woven with First Nations language and traditional songs performed by Electric Fields. Get tickets.
Mali Isabel Art: Live!
Daily | The Park, Gluttony (FREE)
Adelaide Fringe 2022 poster designer Mali Isabel is a proud Arabana and Kokatha artist and you can see her creating her trademark contemporary rainbow artworks in her glass studio at Gluttony!
MoZzi X Inkatja: A New Moon 2023
25 February | Light ADL
The second iteration of creator Dre Ngatokorua’s multimedia production MoZzi X Inkatja, A New Moon takes the audience on a journey through the life of Inkatja through music, projections of traditional art and historical imagery, and his unique narration. Get tickets.
First Nations Voices
23 February | Eliza Hall, Payinthi, Prospect
25 February | Sinclair’s Gully Winery, Norton Summit
Some of Australia’s leading First Nation musicians—Glenn Skuthorpe, Nancy Bates, Jungaji and Getano Bann— come together around the fire circle for a performance blending music with storytelling and a love for country. Get tickets.
Kids Cultural Art Workshops
10 March | Maple & Pine, Bundaleer North (FREE)
In this free workshop, children will gain insight into Indigenous culture through art, music, dance, story telling and native food preparation. Get tickets.
Dusty Feet Mob
28 February – 5 March | Adelaide College of the Arts
Young Aboriginal performers use the power of song and dance to tell stories of the Stolen Generation and help heal the pain of the past. Get tickets.
The Garden Sessions
2:30pm Saturdays, 18 February – 18 March | The Garden Wine Bar, The Garden of Unearthly Delights (FREE)
Zenadth Kes Ilan Night
11 March | Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga
Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and share an evening traditional singing, dancing and exploration of Kaurna and Torres Strait Islander cultures led by Eddie Peters with guest artists, plus market stalls and food and drinks. Get tickets.
Aboriginal Comedy All-Stars
Over one hour of superb comedy performed by First Nation artists Sean Choolburra, Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders, Jay Wymarra and 2022 Deadly Funny winner Janty Blair. Get tickets.