Adelaide Fringe 2008 was enough to 'Blow your Mind!' Held from 22 February -16 March, this was the biggest Fringe. Ever.
Up to 975,000 people attended performances and events at Adelaide Fringe 2008, spending $36.5 million in South Australia representing a $15.5 million increase on the 2007 figures.
There were 552 events, 5470 performances and an estimated 3000 artists took part in Adelaide Fringe 2008. Read 'What a Party'.
Comedy led with 120 shows followed closely by Visual Arts with 111 events, Theatre boasted 104 shows and Music followed with 101. Cabaret totalled 54 shows, Events followed with 22, then Dance with 17, 8 Regional events and 6 Film and Video screenings that made up the final total.
In 2008 a total of 177,000 were sold through the FringeTIX box office system – with an additional 10,000 ticket sales by national ticketing partners.
Adelaide Fringe Chair Judy Potter stated "The latest economic expenditure figures continue to show a sustained, steady growth on previous figures and our much loved and ever-faithful local audiences have continued to support this iconic event in a huge way. Our national and international audiences are ever-increasing and our artists have now well and truly embraced the Adelaide Fringe in its annual format."
2008 Adelaide Fringe produced events included:
The Adelaide International Buskers Festival - a huge 3 day street festival of top international street artists.
Digital Film Project (10x10x10)- The Adelaide Fringe worked with Norwood Cheek to develop a film based project. The screen program showcased boundary pushing film, video, animation and documentaries that engage with new technologies, reveal elusive sub-cultures, investigate audio/visual relationships, explode narrative possibilities, explore performance on screen or apply experimental techniques.
Family Weekend - building on the success of Fringe Family Day - Family Weekend was a snapshot of the Fringe for families and young people, held in Rymill Park over two days.
UpstART - securing a place for those ready to shine but yet to take the first steps. The upstART program gave local emerging artists and companies the chance to showcase their work in a professional context.
Fringe Managed Venues - the Old Balfours Factory was transformed into a cluster of intimate Fringe venues.
The Honey Pot Promoters Program - In association with APAM 2008 the Fringe's 'Honey Pot' Producers program assisted 10 international buyers (from art facilities around the world) to see shows and meet artists.
Format - DIY and Zine fair
The Regional Program - The Adelaide Fringe regional program merged with the City of Culture project for Port Augusta in 2008.
The YEP Program
Fuse - Fuse continued to be produced by the Adelaide Fringe.
2008 Fringe Guide
2008 Economic Impact Study
2008 Media Highlights