Adelaide Fringe feels the love with Awards and record ticket sales

Adelaide Fringe Swedish Sirqus AlfonAs the Adelaide Fringe comes to an end with the announcement of the Fringe Awards, the Festival has outdone itself again with record ticket sales for 2017 showing that the love affair between artists, audiences and the festival is still going strong after more than 50 years.

Just like the majestic unicorn depicted on this year’s poster, the Fringe has soared to even greater heights with 655,541 tickets sold worth a total of $16.2 million. This is enough tickets to fill every seat in Adelaide Oval 13 times, and is a 9 per cent increase on last year’s record sales.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall, who oversaw her second Fringe this year, said the key ingredients for the festival’s success included audiences being keen to take risks and venues willing to provide a platform for emerging artists to get their start in the industry.

Ms Croall said this year’s amazing program of more than 1100 events was also the result of hard-working artists and an equally dedicated team Fringe staff members supported by 300 volunteers, along with countless others employed by hubs and venues for the Adelaide Fringe.

“We’ve been really pleased to see that locals and visitors to Adelaide alike have immersed themselves in the festival wonderland that the Fringe has to offer,” said Ms Croall. “The energy here in the city – plus at an increasing number of suburban and regional venues – has been absolutely electric. It’s been astounding to see such a huge turnout of Fringe-goers across the 31 days of the festival.

Winners of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Awards:

OVERALL PICK OF THE FRINGE AWARD:
Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

BEST CABARET:
Reuben Kaye: Success Story

BEST CHILDREN’S EVENT:
The I Hate Children Children’s Show

BEST CIRCUS & PHYSICAL THEATRE:
Notorious Strumpet and Dangerous Girl

BEST COMEDY:
Hannah Gadsby – Nanette

BEST DANCE:
M.I.N.D.E.D.

BEST MUSIC:
YouTunes

BEST EVENT:
SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity

BEST VISUAL ART & DESIGN:
Beastly Projects

BEST THEATRE:
19 Weeks

BEST INTERACTIVE, FILM OR DIGITAL:
Nosferatu (Film & Digital)
and
Wank Bank Masterclass (Interactive)

BEST MAGIC:
Paul Dabek: Look at Me!

BEST MAGIC HIGH COMMENDATION:
Kevin Quantum: Illuminations

ADELAIDE FRINGE EMERGING ARTIST AWARD:
Fauna

OVERALL JOHN CHATAWAY INNOVATION AWARD:
GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World

OVERALL ADELAIDE CRITICS’ CIRCLE AWARD:
Angel by Henry Naylor

ERAN SVIGOS AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL ART:
Jenna Pippett, ‘Levitate’ (work exhibited in TRACK)

UNDERBELLY EDINBURGH AWARD:
Demi Lardner – Look What You Made Me Do

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CENTRE inSPACE: DEVELOPMENT AWARD:
Stories in the Dark

HOLDEN STREET THEATRE AWARD:
The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

PEACE FOUNDATION AWARD:
We Live By The Sea
and
in[nate]ture

TOUR READY AWARD – SUPPORTED BY MELBOURNE FRINGE:
GRUMBLE: Sex Clown Saves The World

MADE IN ADELAIDE AWARD:
The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

For more information, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Sirqus Alfon (supplied)

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