The Adelaide Fringe Festival was heralded with a bang or several, with fireworks lighting the sky through the huge gum trees of the park lands, while bands played, stray performers and minstrels wandered, and the people of Adelaide supped on various yummies, and sipped on various other Earthly delights with a sense of anticipation at what is coming over the next four weeks.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights is one of the focal points of the coming Fringe. Its opening party gave a tiny but tempting taste of the Delights in store, which range from the Unearthly to the downright earthy. There is a rich feast of comedy, music, theatre, puppetry and circus, some new, some well tried and true, all aimed at entertainment and fun, whether they be straight amusement or raising the bar with  challenge and ground breaking experimentation.

Paul Grabowsky (Director of the next Adelaide Festival) will be in the Garden and its magic Spiegeltent, with some mates, and Wil Anderson (of the Gruen Transfer) will be there at the top of his quirky game. There are shows direct from the Edinburgh Fringe (the only one in the World that comes near the Adelaide Fringe in scope and talent), there are local artistes airing their talent for the first time, and there are veterans from all over Australia, and indeed the World.

There will be stand up comedy, and fall down acrobatics. There will be stuff for kids like the puppets, clowns, acrobats and magicians of the Kids Comedy Gala, and there will be stuff for grownups like the phallocentric Mad and Ugly Show. And in between there will be loads of fun, music, and excitement, some free, some not, such as Sherlock Holmes being less than elementary, potted Harry Potter, and an instant Lord of the Rings Trilogy-ette.

Over eighty different shows full of amazing and amusing things will make this Garden bloom gloriously, and are sure to keep lots of people Delighted.

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