ADELAIDE FRINGE LAUNCHES 2021 PROGRAM
AND ANNOUNCES AMBASSADORS
The countdown to everyone’s favourite time of the year kicks off today with Adelaide Fringe unveiling its most innovative and creative program to date for the 2021 festival.
From 9am, tickets go on sale for close to 800 events across 13 different genres in 285 venues, including a variety of open-air and outdoor amphitheatre performances and a number of digital experiences for people to enjoy from home.
Tickets available from: www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix
In launching its program today, Fringe also announces its 2021 ambassadors – international comedian Ross Noble, Adelaide-born actor and creator Tilda Cobham-Hervey, multi-award-winning musicians Electric Fields and TODAY show entertainment presenter Brooke Boney – who will help promote South Australia and Adelaide Fringe to audiences in Australia and beyond.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall says while it’s been a challenging year and the 2021 festival will look very different to past years, the magic vibe of Fringe will still be well and truly alive over the 31 days and nights.
“We are so excited for Fringe goers to be able to snap up tickets from today! Artists, venues and Adelaide Fringe staff have been working tirelessly over the past few months to pull together this incredible program of events, while also ensuring audiences can engage with Fringe in a safe way,” Ms Croall says.
“Artists are eager to perform again after an especially difficult year and we have seen huge numbers registering again for 2021. We are also particularly pleased to have been able to assist artists this year with over $750,000 worth of grants issued to artists presenting in Fringe and further funds going towards helping venues build COVID-safe performance spaces.”
Fringe will roll out in different ways this year across large outdoor amphitheatres, through immersive lighting displays, in laneway activations and more. Audiences can also watch from the comfort of their own home, or in socially distanced ways at all their favourite venues.
“With more outdoor spaces being activated and many events offering online experiences, people will be able to enjoy Fringe their way,” Ms Croall says. “We are rolling out e-ticketing even further this year to ensure contact-free, safe admittance to venues and our website is even more user-friendly than ever with some great new features allowing audiences to browse by the local area and event type to see what they can watch from home and go see nearby to home.”
Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Adelaide Fringe Ambassador program is an opportunity to showcase Fringe to the rest of Australia and the world.
Thanks to Principal Partner BankSA, Adelaide Fringe 2021 will run from 19 February – 21 March.
Tickets are on sale from today (18 December) and audiences can grab a guide from Drakes Supermarkets and BankSA branches from 13 January.
For the full program and to buy tickets, head to adelaidefringe.com.au
2021 ADELAIDE FRINGE AMBASSADORS
It’s not often you meet a journalist who can cover a political campaign trail as comfortably as they can cover the showbiz beat. But that’s Brooke Boney’s core VP. TODAY’s Entertainment Presenter masterfully balances her trademark relaxed outward glow with an inward fierceness that was borne from a childhood of disadvantage. Boney earned her big break on national youth radio station Triple J as the news presenter for Ben and Liam’s breakfast show. Boney’s passionate embrace of her Indigenous culture is uplifting. She’s igniting discussion around indigenous affairs and sharing her message with sensitivity to the slow and subtle pace of progress. Best of all, she’s doing it under the hopeful gaze of thousands of Indigenous youths across the country, who have someone to help them imagine themselves doing it too.
Brooke is coming to Adelaide Fringe for the first time in 2021 as an Ambassador alongside a stellar line up of individuals and is excited to see what all the fuss is about.
You can see Brooke alongside fellow Ambassador Tilda Cobham-Hervey at The Capri Theatre on Sunday 21 February for her event In Conversation with…
Multi-award-winning music duo Electric Fields are known for their immersive performances, bringing moments of breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the rare and beautiful voice of Zaachariaha Fielding – who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people – and the brilliance of composer and producer Michael Ross, this co-writing duo have headlined large festivals throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand, The UK and Europe. Australian shows include Splendour in the Grass, APRA, Apple, Spotify and Vogue’s 60th Anniversary. “We are thrilled to have been invited to be Ambassadors for the Adelaide Fringe 2021 – a time in Adelaide where artists bring their dazzling creations to the streets and a time where art is celebrated 24 hours a day. We are proud members of Adelaide’s artistic community, of which The Fringe is the heart.”
Electric Fields will perform this Adelaide Fringe at Gluttony on Saturday 20 February.
Known for his brilliant freeform improvisation and highly engaging live shows, Ross Noble has received huge critical acclaim, been nominated for a Perrier Award and was voted one of the greatest stand-ups of all time by British TV viewers, and now he’s an Adelaide Fringe 2021 Ambassador!
“Heading to Adelaide Fringe is always a highlight on my touring calendar and I am especially excited to be bringing a full run of my show to Fringe as an official Ambassador. COVID has really ripped the life out of live comedy over the past 6 months but to be on stage again in a city as fantastic as Adelaide is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to see you all COVID-safe in the city of churches!”
See Ross at Gluttony this Fringe in his show Ross Noble – 2021 Comeback Special
Tilda Cobham-Hervey is an Adelaide-born actor and creator who is best known for her work in I Am Woman, Hotel Mumbai and 52 Tuesdays. Tilda started her performing arts career at the age 9 as a member of the Cirkidz performing troupe. She performed her first show Up In Smoke at the Adelaide Fringe in 2006. At the age of 14, Tilda and a group of other young acrobats formed the circus company Gravity and Other Myths. They opened their first show Freefall at Adelaide Fringe in 2009 and have continued to perform at the festival nearly every year since. Tilda is thrilled to be home in Adelaide for the 2021 Fringe, and to have come full circle with representing Fringe as an Ambassador, is the icing on the cake!
Catch Tilda at The Capri Theatre on Sunday 21 February for her event In Conversation with, hosted by fellow Ambassador and Today show Entertainment Presenter, Brooke Boney.