543 shows, 5470 performances and an estimated 3000 artists are taking part in Adelaide Fringe 2008 making it the largest Fringe festival ever to take place in the Southern Hemisphere!
Comedy leads with 120 shows followed closely by Visual Art with 111 events, Theatre boasts 104 shows and Music follows with 101 shows. Cabaret totals 54 shows, Events follows with 22, then Dance with 17 shows, 8 Regional shows and 6 Film and Video screenings that make up the final total.
The guide hits the streets today and is available free of charge with each copy of The Advertiser - that’s 220,000 Fringe guides on the newsstands right now! Or you can pick one up from one of BankSA’s 120 branches throughout the state.
Only 44 days until the massive Opening Night Party and the beginning of the Fringe. An estimated 40,000 people will enjoy risqué outdoor theatre, street entertainers and buzzing atmosphere until the main stage kicks in with live music. Headlining this year, The Presets, Dappled Cities Fly, über Lingua Sound System, I Heart Hiroshima, Bark Bang and the local Spin DJ Winner.
Fringe Director, Christie Anthoney says, “2008 is going to be a fantastic Fringe year, it’s only the second annual Fringe and we smashed the 500 events barrier for the first time. Adelaide Fringe is one of the best platforms in the world for emerging and professional artists who want to bring fresh work to a hungry audience.”
The 2008 programme is chockers with fresh talent and there are a number of events to look out for. upstART will give emerging South Australian artists the chance to work with mentors to develop their ideas into new work during the Fringe.
Format will check the pulse of language exploring Zines, non-professional self-publishing, blogging, street commentary/stencil art, text messaging and networking websites.
10x10xFringe is a new initiative for Adelaide. In 4 days, 10 film makers and 10 bands will work together with top-notch LA film maker, Norwood Cheek to make 10 music video clips. 
Ever wanted to take a little piece of the Fringe home with you? MiniART is the event that will make it possible. Affordable 30x40x30cm art will be auctioned off on 3 March. Fringe Family Weekend, 1 and 2 March will be twice as big as 2007 Family Day with two days of free family fun smack bang in the middle of the Fringe.
Back for their third year in association with the Adelaide City Council, Adelaide International Buskers Festival brings the planet’s best jugglers, magicians, acrobats, escapologists, aerialists, comedians and pavements artists to the streets of Adelaide from 29 February to 2 March.
This year the Fringe isn’t just stopping in Adelaide! Over 3 days and 2 nights the Fringe will travel to Port Augusta which is the Regional Centre for Culture 2008. In collaboration with Country Arts SA Adelaide Fringe will bundle up a selection of the finest Fringe acts from comedy, theatre and street performance to visual art and take it up north to Port Augusta, 14 to 16 March.
Fringe Chair, Judy Potter says, “We are delighted that the Fringe continues to grow at such a pace and that so many dedicated and brilliant artists choose our Fringe to showcase their work. The Adelaide Fringe belongs to all South Australians so get out there and enjoy it!”
Bank SA Managing Director, Rob Chapman says, “The growth of the Fringe as an annual event has been phenomenal. Not only is it smashing records, but to take just some of this creative pandemonium to a regional centre is a fantastic leap forward and one that will undoubtedly be embraced by Fringe-fans and new converts.”
Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 9 January at 9am
To book tickets go to adelaidefringe.com.au
Or phone FringeTIX 1300 FRINGE (374 643)

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