Fringe Festival’s RCC, has revealed it will not be returning during the 2022 Fringe season.
RCC Managing Director, Roberto Cardone, said that this does not mean the end of RCC for 2022.
“We can confirm that RCC will not be part of the Adelaide Fringe in 2022, but rather plan to return in a different format later in the year when there is more certainty around social restrictions such as dancing, international travel and the delivery of open format festivals,” Roberto said in a statement.
“RCC is grateful to its loyal supporters and stakeholders for their continued support, and we look forward to announcing our plans in due course.
“RCC will continue to advocate for Adelaide Fringe by using its existing platforms to support and promote other artistic talent and must-see shows for 2022.
“RCC has been an important part of South Australia’s cultural fabric for over 8 years, employing thousands and providing opportunities for local, national and international artists.
“In addition to entertaining over 1 million visitors, RCC has an annual contribution of close to $10m to the state’s economy each year.”
Formerly known as the Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square hosted the first iteration of RCC. The festival then moved to various locations in the city. For a two year period, RCC took home to the University of Adelaide.
It brought forth a slew of national and international artists for high energy gigs through UTOPIA, their open air venue. RCC has hosted renowned musicians over the years including The Presets, and Aussie darlings, Northeast Party House.
After the 2019 season, the University of Adelaide parted ways with the festival citing COVID-19 restrictions as a factor in the decision.
The University of Adelaide’s Chief External Relations Officer, Mrs Leah Grantham, said at the time that “with the impact of COVID-19 still ongoing, the University is unable to commit to RCC in 2021 and beyond.
“We must ensure our primary focus remains on providing world-class education and research.”
With RCC returning to Victoria Square last year, it had a slightly different vibe due to its more limited capacity and COVID-19 restrictions. It was slightly more tame compared to the event’s past years which were often flooded with dancing, yet it still served up stellar live music and super fun vibes.