With so many festivals around the world shut down for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, you might have been wondering what would become of the 2021 Adelaide Fringe.

There is some good news for the people of South Australia, the 2021 Adelaide Fringe is set to go ahead.

However, it will not be business as usual for the annual arts festival.

With travel restrictions affecting the free movement of artists into and out of Australia and South Australia, next year’s festival is set to have a far more local flavour.

With registrations for artists opening today, locals acts are set to comprise the majority of performance.

Fringe Director Heather Croall told The Advertiser that artists from outside of South Australia are still keen to perform at next year’s event.

“The appetite for artists to come is very high from interstate and overseas, but what will dictate that is whether the borders are open,” Ms Croall told The Advertiser.


Apart from a focus on locals, digital platforms are also expected to play a more important role for 2021, with performances with live audiences set to also be live-streamed.

The 2020 Adelaide Fringe went ahead largely unaffected by the pandemic, with social distancing and gathering restrictions first coming into place on the Monday following the festival’s final weekend.

The 2021 festival is set to go ahead on 19 February – 21 March next year.

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