The full program for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe has been announced, shining a spotlight on a line-up of award-winning artists, the new Victoria Square Hub and a giant Disco Cuttlefish.
“In the 2014 program you will discover world-class music, theatre, circus acts and hundreds of shows, all of which offer something different,” ARIA award-winning artist and new Fringe Ambassador Katie Noonan said in a press release.
Fringe Director Greg Clarke also announced a number of new additions to next year’s festival, which will run for four weeks from Fri Feb 14 to Sun Mar 16.
“Every Saturday night throughout the Fringe ‘Stobie’, a 13m long cuttlefish whose skin features a fantastic strobing lighting effect, will flash dance his way through the East End to a disco soundtrack,” Mr Clarke said. “Everyone will be able to join in the fun by going online in Jan to adelaidefringe.com.au to learn a specially choreographed cuttlefish dance and then be able to ‘strut’ their stuff whenever he appears.”
The newly redeveloped Victoria Square is set to become a thriving festival hub and will feature The Royal Croquet Club, The Spirit Festival, a Kaurna Ceremony and the Fringe Street Theatre Festival. There will be a further 23 Fringe venues in the streets running off the Square including Tuxedo Cat, Arts Theatre, Royalty Theatre, Adelaide Town Hall, La Boheme and The Promethean.
The 2014 program features a record total of 966 events, including cabaret shows, theatre and circus productions, comedy events, music concerts, art exhibitions and more. Next year’s festival will also extend outside the CBD and into the suburbs and outer regions, with special events held in Port Adelaide, Unley, Salisbury, Goolwa, Port Augusta and the Barossa Valley.
Highlights of the Fringe music program include singer-songwriter Katie Noonan performing with circus troupe Circa in her captivating show Love-Song-Circus, one of Australia’s most loved musicians Josh Pyke and Adelaide’s very own folk-rock duo The Audreys, all playing at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
A plethora of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award winners will also feature, including Wil Anderson, Charlie Pickering and Sammy J and Randy, as well as Edinburgh Fringe Award winning shows Boy with Tape on His Face – More Tape and Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For it.
Theatregoers can look forward to the 2013 winner of the Holden Street Theatres Award, Bitch Boxer, while those with kids should check out the winner of the Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children, The Luck Child at the Royalty Theatre.
The visual arts program is bursting with major events including the 2014 Heysen Sculpture Biennial at Hahndorf and the Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2014. Local artists will also be celebrated at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2014, the group show Smoke in Port Adelaide and the award-winning Emma Hack, who returns with her show New Works at The Big Slapple.
The Adelaide Fringe will kick off with the opening night Fringe Parade on Fri Feb 14
Read the full program here.