South Australia Eagerly Awaits Mount Gambier Fringe Festival 2017

South Australia Eagerly Awaits Mount Gambier Fringe Festival 2017

South Australia Minister for Arts Minister Jack Snelling

Mount Gambier To Have Its Own Fringe Festival

Victor P Taffa

In a huge cultural boost for South Australia’s second largest city, Mount Gambier will have its own Fringe Festival in 2017.

“The Fringe is an important month on the South Australian Arts calendar, and I’m so excited this year we’re able to share the fun of it with people in Mount Gambier and the South East.” Minister for Arts Minister Jack Snelling said.

“Over the years, the South East has been the breeding ground for many exciting artists, such as Fringe multi-award winner, Adam Page.”

Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier will take place from March 24, directly after the epic festival wraps up in Adelaide.

More than 2.2 Million people enjoyed the Fringe this year, making it Australia’s largest arts festival and the second largest fringe festival in the world.

With many of the Fringe performers travelling to the Melbourne Comedy Festival straight after the Adelaide event, Mount Gambier is the ideal location to host its own Fringe.

“During this year’s Fringe I spoke with international comedians who were all heading off to the Melbourne Comedy festival via the Grampians and western Victoria.” Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said.

“The State Government wants Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier to become a regular feature and we are working with Mount Gambier City Council, Country Arts SA, venue owners, operators and artists to make sure it’s a success.”

Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier is expected to not only become a cultural icon in the South East but also create jobs and boost the region’s visitor economy.

“Adelaide Fringe is really excited to be taking our amazing Festival down to the South East of the State. It is a perfect fit; so many great Fringe artists hail from the area and there are lots of wonderful performance spaces in the Mount, we can’t wait to bring the place to life in late March.” Fringe Director and Chief Executive Heather Croall said.

“We already have a number of satellite Fringe events in the regions and it is a thrill to be adding Mount Gambier to the Adelaide Fringe Cultural Calendar.”

 

Background

The State Government, through the South Australian Tourism Commission and Events South Australia, is a proud sponsor of the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Fringe in Mount Gambier.

The State Government has invested $70 Million in additional tourism funding to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences.

The most recent International and National Visitor Survey results showed the South East attracted 47,000 international visitors to the region, staying 211,000 visitor nights. This is in addition to 790,000 interstate and intrastate visitors on day trips, and the 539,000 on overnight trips who stayed for 1.7 Million nights.