Daring Australian Work Awarded Grants for 2015 Adelaide Fringe

The Long Pigs_Ponch HawkesThree Australian arts companies have each been awarded $10,000 from the Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund to present their work in the 2015 Fringe.

The Cultural Fund was launched last year to enable the public to make donations that would provide financial assistance to Australian artists presenting their work in the Fringe. Adelaide Fringe received more than 100 submissions from artists across the country in the inaugural round of grants. The three grant recipients are:

• Adelaide theatre company isthisyours? will debut a new participatory theatre piece The Awkward Years, exploring the rollercoaster journey of being a teenager.

• Brisbane-based Black Honey Company will take to the stage with Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, a humorous exploration of culture and politics through dance, circus and song.

• Melbourne theatre company We3 will present The Long Pigs, a profound, physical and visually stunning black comedy.

Adelaide Fringe Director Greg Clarke said the successful applicants met the criteria of presenting work that was ambitious in delivering daring and diverse contemporary art for new audiences.

“As the Fringe is an open-access arts festival, many independent Fringe artists not only create the work but also take the financial risk to present it. Adelaide Fringe, with assistance from public donors, is proud to be able to support Australian artists and help foster daring new work,” Mr Clarke said.

The 2015 Adelaide Fringe will run from 13 February – 15 March. Artist registrations close on Wednesday 8 October 2014 and the full 2015 program will be launched on Friday 28 November 2014.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.

Image: The Long Pigs – photo by Ponch Hawkes