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Adelaide Fringe awards record $85k in grants to Australian artists

BY Adelaide Fringe | 05-Oct-2017
Thanks to thousands of donations to the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, the Adelaide Fringe has just awarded $85,500 worth of grants – double the amount given out last year.
Since its inception in 2014, dozens of Australian artists have received grants from the Artist Fund to present work in the Adelaide Fringe, and many have gone on to tour the world.

The amount of funding awarded from the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund has increased each year, and the most recent round of funding sees the highest amount ever delivered across genres ranging from circus and comedy to children’s shows and theatre.

Fifteen diverse Australian acts will share in a record $85,500 from the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund to present work at next year’s Fringe. Projects funded this year include a large-scale corroboree on Ngarrindjeri country, a feminist cabaret show, an escape-room-style theatre adventure, an Indian-Australian contemporary dance piece and a comedy and music extravaganza featuring an ensemble of four disabled artists and an Auslan interpreter.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the Artist Fund received 135 applications this year and the panellists were overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the applicants.

“The Artist Fund is designed to support ground-breaking work by helping artists cover some of the costs of presenting a show in the Adelaide Fringe. The grant recipients come from across Australia and from all different backgrounds, and we’re excited to see them present their powerful and challenging work at next year’s festival,” Ms Croall said.

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to support so many performers this year as a result of the amazing generosity of our Fringe customers and supporters who donate to the fund all year round.”

The latest Artist Fund grantees represent a cross-section of genres – including children’s events, theatre, circus, cabaret and interactive. The 15 recipients are:

• Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group – Dupang Festival (Dance, SA)
• Jetpack Theatre – Art Heist (Interactive, NSW)
• Lina Limosani – Not Today’s Yesterday (Dance, SA)
• Davina Wright – Dion (Theatre, VIC)
• PO PO MO CO – PO PO MO CO Presents: Recreation and Leisure (Cabaret, VIC)
• Fringe Wives Club – Glittery Clittery (Cabaret, VIC)
• Jascha Boyce – Jelly or Jam (Children’s event, SA)
• Rachel Edmonds – Have You Tried Yoga? (Theatre, VIC)
• Brendan Hay – Selfies After Dark (Interactive, VIC)
• House of Sand – Pedal and Castles (Circus and Physical Theatre, SA)
• Indelability Arts – Look Mum… No Hands!! (The Legless Bar Years) (Cabaret – QLD)
• Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre – Creative Pathways Concert and Workshops (Music, SA)
• Nikki Britton – Grandma Live (Children’s events, NSW)
• Asher Treleaven, Gypsy Wood – Peter and Bambi Heaven: When Love Becomes Magic (Cabaret, VIC)
• Elly Squire – The Worst (Cabaret, VIC)

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe will run from 16 February to 18 March. For more information about the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, please visit adelaidefringe.com.au.