GAWLER is set to once again become a hub for the Adelaide Fringe this year, when it hosts several shows for the world-renowned arts festival in February and March.
The 2018 Adelaide Fringe will take place from Friday, February 16, to Sunday, March 18, with the Gawler Fringe held on the first weekend of the city-wide festival (February 16-18).
Walker Place is set to, again, be closed to traffic as it hosts shows across the Gawler Fringe weekend, with previous years’ events estimated to have attracted up to 5000 people across the weekends they were held.
The Willaston Country Music Club has also successfully applied to host two Adelaide Fringe shows at the Willaston Football Club.
Country artists Jim Hermel and the Hot Chix are set to present Country and Rock ’n’ Roll Evolution – a journey through the genres’ history – while Steve Bartel and Kylie Adams-Collier will hold an
‘unplugged’ night of classics and original country songs.
Meanwhile, award-winning comedian Marc Ryan, also known as The Beautiful Bogan, returns to Gawler for a show at the P/A Hotel, and JP and Mossy will perform songs from the Beatles’ catalogue at Trinity College Pavilion – the first time the venue has been used for a Fringe event since it opened last May.
Adelaide Fringe director and chief executive Heather Croall said, overall, the 2018 Fringe would be more inclusive than ever before, with the festival expecting a surge in children’s events and an abundance of gender- bending drag performers.