Record Breaking $106k Grant For 2019 Adelaide Fringe Artists

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South Australia’s festival season is right around the corner and preparations for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe are well and truly underway.

Today the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund has announced that they will be awarding a record breaking $106,000 in grant funding between 15 diverse Australian acts.

The Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund is made up of thousands of kind donations with significant funding from Friends of the Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund, and aims to help the 15 artists present their work in next year’s festival.

The two funding streams—‘Make It Happen’ and ‘Innovate’—will help artists with financial assistance across travel, marketing, production costs, and to support new projects to premiere at the upcoming Fringe Festival.

Six of the recipients are based in Victoria, while another six are from South Australia and three from Queensland—with genres including dance, theatre, music and children’s events.

“We’re committed to supporting artists to be the best they can be and we encourage bold ideas and all forms of expression, which enrich the festival for both audiences and artists,” says Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall.

“It’s fantastic to pass the $100,000 mark for grants being given out by Adelaide Fringe this year.”

The fifteen 2019 Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund recipients are:

• Clare Bartholomew – The Long Pigs (Theatre, VIC)
• 9DIMES – 9DIMES: You + Universe (Dance, VIC)
• Jacqui Clarke – Tandanya’s Cultural Experience (Events, SA)
• Ukulele Death Squad – Adelaide Ukulele Festival (Music, SA)
• Kasey Gambling – The Maze (Theatre, VIC)
• Wendy Dixon-Whiley – Contrapasso (Visual Art & Design, SA)
• Yellaka – Yellaka: Old Ways, New Wisdom (Dance, SA)
• Casus Circus – Chasing Smoke (Circus & Physical Theatre, QLD)
• Leah Shelton – Bitch on Heat (Circus & Physical Theatre, QLD)
• Lewis Major – Epilogue (Dance, SA)
• Mama Alto – Exquisite (An Evening with Mama Alto) (Cabaret, VIC)
• Matthew Briggs – 30,000 Notes (Theatre, SA)
• Michaela Burger – A Migrant’s Son (Cabaret, VIC)
• Nathan Sibthorpe – TRUTHMACHINE (Film & Digital, QLD)
• Theresa O’Connor – Inside the Walls, A Giant Pop-up Book Ghost Story! (Children’s Events, VIC)

The 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival kicks off on February 15 and (sadly) concludes on March 17. Given the big news about these grants, it looks like next year’s festival will host bigger and better events than ever!

Image: Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions

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