First look: check out the 2018 Fringe Festival line-up

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By Lana Guineay

‘Mad March’ will be here before we know it and that means one thing: late nights in the Garden, and 31 summery days of creativity, art, cabaret, music, and world exclusives as the Adelaide Fringe Festival spreads its magic through the city and beyond.

The always-anticipated Festival has announced the line-up for 2018, and the program is set to go off.

The Festival maintains its crown as Australia’s largest arts festival with an impressive 1224 events and around 6000 artists.

Would the Fringe even be the Fringe without the Garden? Photo: Tony Virgo

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall says there are 442 venues as part of the 2018 festival, including new sites at Plant 4 Bowden, the National Wine Centre, the old RAH…as well as some less traditional locales.

“Next year’s Fringe boasts a smorgasbord of unique experiences in unexpected places – from sipping tea with grandma in a caravan to a séance in a shipping container and speed dating on a Ferris wheel!”

There’s even a show in a car.

“There’s only one ticket available,” she says.

Fire whips. Because Fringe. Photo: Tony Virgo

A variety of Fringe ‘hubs’ will span suburban and regional Adelaide – from Gawler to the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mount Gambier to Whyalla, while Kangaroo Island has jumped on board for Fringe fun for the first time.

Heather says the 2018 Fringe would be “more inclusive than ever” with an increase in children’s events, an abundance of gender-bending drag performers, and a record 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander shows.

“It’s always so exciting to see the amazing level of diversity in the Adelaide Fringe program,” she says.

“There’s practically no stone left unturned and no topic that isn’t being explored in some way.”

North Terrace will be lit for the 2018 opening night street party. Photo: Tony Virgo

Last year’s Sunset Ceremony. Photo: Claude Raschella

Opening night will see a street party taking over North Terrace, including night markets, food, performance, a sunset ceremony to recognise the living culture of First Nations, and a Parade of Lights taking over the heritage strip.

Heather encourages everyone to explore the smaller shows as well as the headliners.

“It’s more important than ever to get out there and show your support for our Fringe artists, and we really encourage people to immerse themselves in all the 2018 Adelaide Fringe has to offer.”

Show spruiking AKA how at least 80% of us decide on what show to attend. photo: Trentino Priori

The Adelaide Fringe 2018 will be held 16 February – 18 March.
Explore the full program and buy tix here

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