Your Weekend at Adelaide Fringe 2022
25th February 2022
During the months of February and March, Adelaide plays host to the wonderfully diverse, cultural and entertaining Adelaide Fringe. The second biggest fringe festival behind Edinburgh in Scotland, hosts over 6000 artists and 1000 shows in a celebration of art, music, dance, comedy along with many other genres. It is certainly an event not to be missed so be sure to head to the city this year for a weekend of pure fun and entertainment.
It’s difficult to know where to start when recommending which events and shows to see this year because you will find yourselves completely spoilt for choice. However, here are just a few that will be sure to get your weekend off to a great start.
Look up into the night skies and be amazed by this incredible light show. Drone specialists team up with First Nations artists to create a show that tells a five-chapter story of Country and reconciliation narrated by the singer songwriter Archie Roach. Watch hundreds of drones move around in formation together to form amazing shapes which tell the story. It really will be a sight not to miss. More info here.
The Butch is back
Reuben Kaye’s incredible show – The Butch is Back – will definitely provide entertainment in buckets with his sharp wit and brutal sense of humour. It is no wonder that he has achieved Adelaide Fringe’s Best Caberet Show and ‘Most Outstanding Show’ at Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival. So, prepare to be dazzled with the bright lights and big band sounds for a cabaret show not to be missed.
Diana Nguyen-Chasing Keanu Reeves
This is such an entertaining show whereby Diana Nguyen – a Vietnamese Australian performer – talks about anything from her personal life, to her career, her tumultuous dating history and her relationship with her mother. She also entertains you with her amusing observations of her Vietnamese Australian culture and upbringing. You will find it to be 50 minutes of pure entertainment!
The Dusty Feet Mob
For dance lovers out there, you will be enthralled by this contemporary and traditional cultural experience. The dancers show us some of the injustices suffered by Aboriginal families through their reenactment of some sacred stories of the past. In doing so, audiences go away with a better understanding and with empathy for their past troubles.
Classical Mystery Tour
This amazing show will reignite your love of live music and dance after being deprived of this for nearly two years. Take a step back to 1967 when the Beatles had just released their album – Magical Mystery Tour. With the help of a 15-piece strong orchestra and rock band you will be transported back to the summer of love, enjoying all the old greats like All you need is Love, Strawberry Fields Forever and Hello Goodbye.
Afghanistan is not Funny
In the wake of Australia and the US withdrawing from Afghanistan last year, playwright Henry Taylor talks of his scary experiences after being threatened by a war criminal and also being targeted by Al-Qaeda. Henry Taylor and photographer Sam Maynard visited this war-torn country after 9/11 and Henry talks of his learnings from this treacherous visit. A riveting and thought-provoking performance!
Electric dreams: VR Swings ‘Volo: Dreams of Flight
For those of you who have dreamt of what it is like to fly, then this is your chance. This totally immersive experience is created by sitting on a swing with a VR Headset on. The movement of the swing and the VR providing incredibly realistic dreams experience makes for an amazing near flight experience not to be missed.
A Night with Uncle Jack
This is a totally mind-blowing account of someone’s life and travels that you will find beyond fascinating. Uncle Jack shares excerpts from his book, Jack Charles: A Born-Again Blackfella where he recounts memories of his 78 years roaming this earth. During this varied and eventful life, he tells of how he battled addiction, became a thief, learnt the art of pottery, love of music and finally ending up in prison. His brutal honesty makes this an unmissable show for your Fringe visit.
A great and convenient place to stay during your visit to the Fringe is the Adelaide Meridien. Located in the centre of North Adelaide, it has easy access to the Botanical gardens, the Oval Stadium and many other of Adelaide’s famous sites. The comfortable ensuite rooms are well equipped and the hotel boasts a lovely outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and whirlpool bathtubs to soak in at the end of a long tiring day.
For more information about Adelaide, or to find out about what else there is to do and see in the city, check out our Ultimate Guide.
Be sure to book a few days off work and head down to one of the greatest events in South Australia. You will not be disappointed!