Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide Fringe kicks off and on track for huge record-breaking season

The Adelaide Fringe 2024 has kicked off its season with an exceptional first week, setting the stage for what is anticipated to be another record-breaking year.

The Adelaide Fringe 2024 has launched with a stellar opening week, heralding the start of what promises to be another record-breaking year for Australia’s largest arts festival.

Transforming Adelaide into a bustling hub of creativity, the Fringe has once again proven to be a magnetic force, attracting a plethora of talent from around the globe and across Australia.

The festival’s first week has not only seen an impressive attendance but also a significant increase in ticket sales, with 526,020 tickets sold—a 9.8% rise compared to the same period last year. This surge signals the Fringe as a pivotal platform for artists, entertainers, and venues to catapult their events, shows, or ideas into the spotlight.

Adelaide Fringe is celebrated for its vibrant array of performances, and this year has been no exception. The first week witnessed venues across the city reaching full capacity as audiences indulged in the diverse offerings, from mesmerizing circus acts and hilarious comedy to innovative theatre productions and engaging visual art installations.

The festival’s open-access nature fosters a rich tapestry of shows, events, and acts, encouraging participants to leverage the Fringe platform to maximize their project’s impact.

Heather Croall AM, Director and CEO of Adelaide Fringe, shared her excitement about the festival’s dynamic start, stating, “The vibrancy and energy that everyone has brought to this year’s festival are truly inspiring. We’re on track for a spectacular season, with many amazing events participating in Fringe. Just in the first week, we have seen massive success as a result of participating in Fringe and using the platform to attract audiences and sell tickets.”

A remarkable highlight of the Adelaide Fringe 2024 was the astounding achievement of 600,000 attendances recorded over the opening weekend alone, emphasizing the festival’s unparalleled appeal and the public’s enduring love for arts, culture, and entertainment. This extraordinary turnout reflects the community’s robust support for the arts and the Fringe’s essential role as a catalyst for artistic innovation and expression.

By the end of the first week, the festival boasted an estimated one million attendances across South Australia, underscoring its significance as a cultural phenomenon.

As the festival progresses, attendees can look forward to an even wider variety of shows and events. With thousands of performances yet to come, the Adelaide Fringe 2024 is set to continue its legacy of innovation and excellence in the arts. This promising start positions the festival not just as a platform for entertainment but also as a vital contributor to the cultural enrichment of Australia.

The Adelaide Fringe team is dedicated to making the festival the most accessible and inclusive in the world, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the magic of Fringe. For those eager to join in the festivities, tickets and more information are available at

Running from February 16 to March 17, the Adelaide Fringe 2024 is an event not to be missed, promising to captivate, entertain, and inspire.

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