Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide Fringe’s Garden Back With More Delights Than Ever

The world’s biggest culture playground is returning in 2018, and let us tell you, it’s going to be just as quirky and fabulous as ever. Here are some of the many highlights.

The world’s biggest culture playground is returning in 2018, and let us tell you, it’s going to be just as quirky and fabulous as ever. In the unique surrounds of Rundle Park, you’ll discover incomparable performances, bespoke venues, delectable food, delicious drinks, market surprises and sideshow delights – and that’s just how we like it. Welcome back, The Garden of Unearthly Delights.

Bringing an exceptional world-class program of theatre, dance, circus, comedy, live music and family shows across thirty-one summer days and starry nights, you can expect nothing less than pure entertainment the whole time through. Here are some of the many highlights of the 2018 program.

This year there will be a new riotous technicolor party for all ages. Called Fun House, this party makes its debut in The Garden alongside its big sister from the same acclaimed Strut and Fret Production House: The massive sell-out sensation of 2017 Blanc de Blanc returns.

A truly exciting program this year features some of the most interesting theatre. The BAFTA winning, five-star hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Fleabag comes to The Garden direct from Soho Theatre and Séance present a fully immersive theatrical experience… in complete darkness. Definitely a must see!

Some of the world’s most hilarious standup comedy superstars once again grace The Garden including some of the best of the Edinburgh Fest, Australian favourites Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, Harley Breen, Tom Gleeson, Cal Wilson, Heath Franklin’s Chopper, Lawrence Mooney, the list goes on. That’s just the beginning. With so many huge names – plus so many that are set to become huge names of next year – the comedy in The Garden is always gold.

A strong programming point every year is showcasing the best performance from our nation’s first people. This year The Garden Sessions continue with free concerts each weekend by local indigenous musicians. Djuki Mala are back with their unique, infectious, high-energy and exuberant show – part dance and part storytelling – and the masterful musical sensitivity of Gawurra’s voice will fill the stunning Speigeltent for one night only.

On top of all of the amazing shows, The Garden (as always) presents an incredible music lineup. With names like Adelaide born singing sensation Carla Lippis, romantic dark-folk-country band Tinpan Orange, jazz superstar Emma Pask, The Amy Winehouse Show and Timberwolf, you can be sure you’ll find musical talent all around.

With more than 750,000 people visiting The Garden every season and its popularity continuing to grow every year, there is more reason than ever to head on down. The warm and inviting vintage carnival feel is admired across the globe and people all over the world have tried to replicate it but The Garden’s heart remains where it all began, here in South Australia. (And that is something to be oh so proud of!)

Photos by Andre Castellucci

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
When: 15 February to 18 March
Where: Rundle Park, East Terrace, Adelaide

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