This year’s Adelaide Fringe is just over a week away and to kick start the next month of exciting performances in the City, the Town Hall will host the event’s 50th anniversary tonight.
Adelaide Fringe began in 1960 when local and smaller-scale artists were lacking a forum to showcase their talents. Since its opening the Adelaide Fringe has successfully grown into one of the biggest festivals in the Southern Hemisphere.
With father of the Fringe Frank Ford overseas, Adelaide Fringe Chair Judy Potter will tonight give a speech on behalf of the man who many say was one of the key driving forces behind the event.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison said Adelaide Fringe has been a fantastic event for the vibrancy of the City.
“Adelaide Fringe is a major drawcard to people from all over the world. Thousands of tourists choose to come to Adelaide in February to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and diverse arts culture that the Fringe offers.”
“The Adelaide Fringe continues to grow with more acts than ever participating in this year’s event. We are proud to have the Fringe as an annual event in the City,” said the Lord Mayor.
Adelaide Fringe Director Christie Anthoney said this year’s event will be better than ever with hundreds of new and exciting performances taking place around the City.
“Adelaide City Council has been a long-term supporter of Adelaide Fringe by being one of our major partners for many years.”
“In 50 years we have been able to establish ourselves as the largest arts event in Australia. Our 50th anniversary is very special as it is a year to acknowledge what Adelaide Fringe started out as and what it has grown to be,” said the Fringe Director.
Adelaide Fringe was a biannual event until 2007 when it became so popular it was made into an annual event. Running each year in the City of Adelaide, you can be a part of the Fringe throughout February and March for 24 days.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison will celebrate the Adelaide Fringe’s 50th anniversary at the Adelaide Town Hall tonight along with Adelaide Fringe artists and staff members.