Adelaide’s famous Fringe festival might not go ahead in 2021 in light of the uncertainty around coronavirus lockdowns and the impact of the pandemic on Australia’s economy.

Adelaide Fringe festival director Heather Croall told the ABC that next year’s festival would face a variety of challenges, if it were to go ahead as scheduled.

Ms Croall said that the costs to performers and venues could pose a hurdle to next year’s event, with lower fees being requested by artists and venues.

“The artists and venues are telling us loud and clear that they need us to lower the financial risk in order for them to come back in 2021,” Ms Croall told the ABC.

Organisers are calling on the government to support the festival to make sure that artists are able to return in 2021, with a subsidy of around $1 million estimated as enough to give performers “the confidence to come back.”

The news comes despite a record-breaking 2020 Adelaide Fringe, in which over 850,000 tickets were sold across the month-long festival.

Despite the looming threat of COVID-19 hanging over the final days of this year’s festival, organisers are reporting a gross economic boost of $96.7 million to the state.



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