Adelaide, get ready, the largest arts festival in the southern-hemisphere is dawning upon us. There are many fabulous ways to kick Fringe 2018 off and we are here to share all the details. Think street parties, sunset ceremonies, light shows and night markets. This year’s opening night is not to be missed.
Opening Night: 16 February 2018
Opening Night Street Party. 5.00pm-10.00pm.
The Opening Night Street Party will transform North Terrace into one big Fringe venue. With live music and dozens of energetic performances popping up during the night, this exciting and colourful street party will be exactly the right way to start off the Fringe festivities. Six performance spaces will host over sixty artists, so you can be sure that there will be plenty to see. Added to this, the event is completely free and family-friendly. There really is no reason not to stop by.
Once you have strolled through the Street Party, be sure to check out the other events happening around Adelaide.
Tindo Utpurndee (Sunset Ceremony). 8.00pm
Down at the South Australian Museum Lawns, this special sunset ceremony recognises the living culture of the First Nations peoples and to pay respect to the spirit of the land. This is an important ceremony that acknowledges the importance of walking softly and respectfully in someone else’s country. Tindo Utpurndee is the story which speaks of spirit and sharing of light. This is a free event but bookings are essential. You can book here.
Switching-On Ceremony. 8.30pm.
Following on from the Sunset Ceremony, there will be an official ‘switching on’ of the Parade of Light’ lightshow. Here you will be able to watch the world’s most beautiful natural phenomenon, as The Northern Lights are recreated in Adelaide. This is definitely something not to miss.
Parade of Light. 8.30pm – Midnight.
Starting on opening night and continuing on until March 18, the Parade of Light showcases a spectacular corridor of light connecting the city’s eastern parklands to the Riverbank precinct. With buildings serving as projection canvases, eclectic night markets and a electric opening night street party, the Parade of Light will provide artists with a designated place to interact with audiences for all thirty-one nights of the Fringe.
Frusic Live Music Stage. 5.00pm-10.00pm.
Outside the Brookman Building in UniSA, the Frusic Live Music Stage has a great lineup of entertainment thanks to Music SA. With names such as Frankly, The Coconut Kids, and Ngundakati: Corey Theatre, there are many reasons to head down and hear sweet local tunes in a lovely location.
Night Markets. 5.00pm.
The Parade of Light Night Markets will be on every night of the Adelaide Fringe. With food, market stalls, spotlight events and performances by Fringe artists and live street performances, this is the perfect way to spend your time between shows.
There you have it, Adelaide. It appears that there is plenty to do and see on opening night of the Adelaide Fringe 2018. We’ll see you there.