Adelaide Fringe Opening Weekend!

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The 2017 Adelaide Fringe will send festival-goers down the rabbit hole and into a magical wonderland when it kicks off TONIGHT with a moving sunset ceremony, illuminating digital experiences and a thrilling Fringe Parade, with much more being held across the opening weekend.

The festivities start with our special sunset ceremony on the lawns of the South Australian Museum on tonight! Followed by the spectacular Fringe Parade along North Terrace on Saturday evening. There will also be hundreds of shows to choose from and people will take to the streets to embrace the party atmosphere. Adelaide Fringe’s Digital Arcade will also open on Friday, inviting festival-goers to strap on headsets and be transported into a tantalising world of virtual reality at the State Library’s Institute Building from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

North Terrace will also be the site of a poignant Tindo Utpurndee – Sunset Ceremony on the SA Museum lawns at 8pm before Digital Walls turns its iconic buildings into living canvasses of light from 8.30pm. Meanwhile the East End will host the first Ebenezer Night Markets of the summer and street parties will include Fringe events Fat Tuesday (On a Friday) on Vardon Avenue and Dark Matter in the laneway next to Sugar Nightclub.

On Saturday, free performances will begin for Unfold Fringe in Rundle Mall  under the Gawler Place Canopy, with artists taking to the stage from noon. From 5pm Night Markets will be held on North Terrace with pre-parade entertainment starting at 7.30pm before the spectacular Fringe Parade at 8.30pm. The procession of mythical woodland creatures, dazzling fire displays, enthralling choreography and more than 80 luminous floats and 1500 enthusiastic artists –  accompanied by a thrilling soundtrack from DJ TR!P –  will be a visual extravaganza for the tens of thousands who attend.

The 2017 Adelaide Fringe program is a treasure trove of more than 1100 shows presented by more than 5000 artists across a variety of genres –  290 comedy shows, 248 music events, 143 theatre productions, 132 cabaret shows, 89 visual arts and design exhibitions, 65 children’s events, 60 special events, 43 circus/physical theatre even ts, 38 dance shows, 25 interactive events, 17 magic shows and 10 film and digital events

Photo by Tony Virgo