The 1994 Fringe was held from 18 February - 13 March.
The 1994 Fringe called 'the affordable festival' (for the second time since 1992) and it was the biggest festival of Australian performing and visual arts. There were over 3000 performers from around Australia and the world representing all artforms - theatre, exhibition, dance, music, cabaret, comedy and everything in between.
Key highlights from the 1994 Fringe Festival:
The Fringe broke from the boundaries of the Lion Arts Centre Headquarters. It flowed out of the Lion Art Centre courtyard, through the adjoining Western building, into Register St and into the vacant blocks behind the Centralia Hotel. The Fringe had effectively doubled in size in just one year. Read article...
A new five gallery complex was developed in the Western Building.
100 more venues were used – including the Odeon Theatre, the Price Theatre at the Centre for Performing Arts, Theatre 62, Norwood Concert Hall and La Mama Theatre.
For the first time the Fringe held an Art Market throughout the festival. Permanent stalls were positioned in the Fringe Backyard for the duration of the Festival.
The Fringe took an active step towards helping new bands find exposure in Adelaide's pubs, clubs and other venues.
Over 20 venues joined the Fringe in its vision to promote local, interstate and international music by extending their normal programming to book a more diverse range of bands and musicians.
For the first time the Adelaide Fringe programmed buskers, street entertainers and Fringe performers at three outdoor locations.
The Fringe Visual Arts program kicked off a week prior to the official Fringe Program on Feb 13. This was stated as being "one of the largest and most exciting Fringe Visual Arts programs ever."
The Fringe Youth program was divided into two sections: The Youth and Education Program (YEP) for high school students and Fringe Underground for 18 – 25 year olds.
Fringe Family Days were held over three Saturdays during the festival. All the theatres and stages at the Lion Art Centre where programmed with performances and activities for 3 – 14 year olds.
The 1994 Fringe had a large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presence with visual and performing arts events, bands and more. Funding had been received for the coordination of an Aboriginal Arts program.
The Fringe was responsible for six performing arts venues: Lion Theatre and Bar, Balcony Theatre, Tandanya Theatre, Price Theatre, Star Club and the new Fringe Warehouse Theatre. The Fringe took responsibility for these venues in an effort to ensure that the venues are used to their full capacity and that charges were kept to a minimum
Fringe Benefits, written by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser December 4, 1993
1994 Program Guide
1994 Adelaide Fringe Bulletin's No.1 – August 1993 and No.3 – December 1993