By Chloe Svaikauskas
Well, it’s that time of year again. Fringe season is finally here! If you don’t know what the Adelaide Fringe is, it is quite possible you have spent your life living under a rock. However, if you really don’t, I’ll help you out.
Since its humble beginnings in 1960, the Fringe became an annual event on the Adelaide festival calendar in 2007 and is now the largest arts festival in Australia. It runs from mid-February to mid-March and hosts amazing talent sourced both locally and internationally.
However, as university students, it’s not always easy to get out and see numerous Fringe shows as, let’s face it, most of us are broke. But never fear! Free and discounted tickets are here!
Under the heading of ‘free tickets’, there are a number of shows and events that you can see that are, you guessed it, free. There is of course the event that starts it all, the Fringe Parade, which was held on 14 February along King William Street. The Parade is always a fun-filled night that invites everyone to get up, dance and join in with the performers as they shimmy on past you. It’s always a great way to kick off the Fringe season with a bang!
The Garden of Unearthly Delights is an amazing spectacle of the Fringe and plays host to The Garden Sessions every Saturday and Sunday night throughout the season. Held at The Bandstand stage, The Garden Sessions celebrate local musical talent and allow patrons to sit, relax and enjoy the melodic sounds of some of our most talented musicians, all for the low price of zero dollars.
The Garden also has the BankSA Free Concerts at The Bandstand stage running from Thursday to Sunday each week, showcasing some of the Fringe’s best comedic, cabaret, circus and musical acts.
There are numerous acts and street shows that take place around the city during the Fringe season as well that are free to all who stop by to enjoy them.
If free events aren’t exactly your thing, there are ways to see the shows you want to see for a smaller price. If you are aged 18–30, you can become a Fringe Benefits member and get tickets to your favourite shows at discounted prices. You’ll receive regular emails advertising tickets on sale to a variety of shows and it’s completely free to join!
The discounts don’t just stop at the Adelaide Fringe; you also receive discounts for tickets to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Spin Off Festival, WOMADelaide and many more.
There are so many ways to get involved in the Fringe, so make sure you don’t miss out on all that it has to offer.
Having no money is no longer an excuse to stay home and watch everyone else enjoy the festivities of Mad March. You too can get out and get involved!