Adelaide Fringe at 60

Over six decades to date, the Adelaide Fringe has been both a playground and a career springboard for Australian and South Australian artists.

The cultural behemoth that is Adelaide Fringe started out as a protest by local artists who were frustrated at being excluded from the inaugural Adelaide Festival.

‘The Adelaide Fringe grew organically out of the strong grassroots arts community in Adelaide,’ said Max Mackinnon, director of a new television documentary about the Fringe’s six decade journey.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts