Adelaide Fringe Festival fails to engage visitors

Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

Adelaide Fringe FestivalFrank Ford, founding chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Festival never thought that this event will eventually grow into world’s second-largest annual art festival. To quote Ford, ‘it is way beyond what we dreamed of. I’d hoped it became a national showcase for new works and new talent, but now it’s become an international showcase, which is quite extraordinary.”

A city with a mere population of 1.32 million has been able to produce a festival that has surpassed only by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, an extraordinary fact to note.


However, the Adelaide Fringe has its critics too. Purists point out that the festival has become too large and stashed with stand-up comedy performances to be considered a true fringe — a statement utterly rejected by Mr Ford. Nonetheless, others say inadequate marketing has resulted in the penetration of the eastern states of Australia into the festival.

In 1961, performers for the first time started producing shows on the fringes of the Adelaide Festival which was a government-funded, curate festival of international standard. To quote Ford, ‘’ The Festival is a curated festival and one person, usually a man, chooses what they think is best from around the world. The Fringe, however, is an open platform for the arts. It’s a wonderful platform for free expression.”


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