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Adelaide Fringe celebrates its 60th year with Kangaroo Island event and new documentary

Adelaide Fringe celebrates its 60th year with Kangaroo Island event and new documentary
February 11, 2020

The Adelaide Fringe begins its 60th year with new offerings, including comedians performing in Garden of Unearthly Delights on Kangaroo Island and the release of a new documentary, The People’s Festival: 60 years of the Fringe.

Kangaroo Islanders are soon to experience their own Adelaide Fringe festival event after spending months battling bushfires. A convoy of fringe festival comedians and circus performers are landing on the South Australian island on 17th February with plans to lift spirits with their free Garden Gala for locals and bushfire volunteers.

Garden of Unearthly Delights director Michelle Buxton said the popular venue’s artists have donated their only day off in February to spend it with the people of Kangaroo Island.

Buxton advised “everyone is super keen to do something to help and we hope that a night of fun will raise the spirits of the people who have had such a hard summer of bushfires.”

Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson is among the line up along with Nurse Georgie Carroll, Taboo’s Harley Breen, South Australia’s Frank Woodley and Heath Franklin’s loved comedy crim Chopper.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights joined forces with Mix 102.3’s Mark Soderstrom and Erin Phillips to make the Garden Gala on Kangaroo Island happen.

Others donating their time to the event are newcomer Nina Oyama, Dilruk Jayashinha and the United Kingdom’s Markus Birdman – and locals will also see the world-class acrobatic skills of brand new circus shows Brass Monkeys and WERK IT.

Back in Adelaide, more than 75,000 people are expected to begin visiting The Garden of Unearthly Delights venue in Rundle Park Kadlitpina after the official Adelaide Fringe opening happens on Valentine’s Day this Friday.

It marks 60 years since a group of independent artists first started the event on the city’s fringe to test new work, to experiment and to engage new ideas.

Since then the Adelaide Fringe has grown to be the highest ticket selling arts festival in Australia and the second-largest Fringe in the world with the 2020 event running from 14th February to 15th March.

This year a documentary The People’s Festival: 60 years of the Fringe will be screened and a limited-edition book with just 500 copies released to celebrate the anniversary.

Produced by local TV station Channel 44 and Same River Studio, the documentary features artists including Judith Lucy, Dave Hughes, Hans and 2020 Fringe Ambassador Marcia Hines.

2013 Adelaide Fringe Ambassador Paul McDermott’s career was launched during the Fringe in 1986 winning pick of the Fringe that year with the Doug Anthony All Stars.

In the documentary McDermott reflects on its diversity noting “you take a punt at the Fringe and not all of its gold, some of it is just crazy but occasionally you see something that changes your mindset, that is profound and has the ability to alter your thinking.”

Another event designed to alter the mindset of festival goers will run at Lot Fourteen where the Electric Dreams creative industries conference is looking at how technology is changing the arts.

The three-day conference features presentations from international arts organisations working at the cutting edge of creative and commercial development and explores how technology is creating inventive arts experiences.

It will run alongside a five-day virtual reality program and immersive storytelling showcase that features Gloomy Eyes, narrated by Colin Farrell.

The event is well suited to Lot Fourteen with its plans to transform its former hospital site in the centre of Adelaide into the largest innovation neighbourhood in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lot Fourteen is already home to global tech, space, defence and cyber companies and is the home to the Australian Space.

Images top Garden of Unearthly Delights and above WERK IT

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