Adelaide Fringe bags ‘Best Festival’ title at Ruby Awards

Photographer: Trentino Priori. Artist: Alfie Ordinary

Taking home the title of Best Festival at the 2018 Ruby Awards has topped off a successful few weeks of state and national recognition for the Adelaide Fringe

Now in its 13th year, the Ruby Awards is South Australia’s annual celebration of the state’s arts and cultural sector.

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe was crowned winner of the hotly contested category with the other finalists including the 2018 Adelaide Festival, 2018 WOMADelaide and 2017 SALA Festival.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the “absolutely fantastic” award belonged to everyone who had ever made the festival possible, right back to when it was established in 1960.

“We are just the custodians of this festival for now. This award is for all the staff who have worked for Adelaide Fringe, volunteers, board members, and artists who have ever performed in the Fringe, the venues, sponsors and all the other funders and supporters,” Ms Croall said. “And that’s not to mention everyone who has ever bought a ticket to a Fringe show!”

Ms Croall also thanked Life Member Marjorie Fitz-Gerald for her work to officially establish the festival with support from the South Australian Government all those years ago.

Ms Croall said Adelaide Fringe dedicated the award to the man known as the Father of the Fringe, the late Frank Ford AM, who passed away earlier this year.

The win comes just days after Adelaide Fringe was named the state finalist for Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event at the 2018 Australian Event Awards.

“We’re the largest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s largest Fringe outside of Edinburgh, so we’re thrilled that the impact of Adelaide Fringe is being recognised nationally,” Ms Croall said.

Rounding out the recent success was Ms Croall’s Ambassador Award from the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program in recognition of her contribution setting up and serving as the inaugural Chair of the Arts and Culture Cluster.

Ms Croall was joined at last week’s Annual Forum for the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program by Adelaide Fringe ticketing staff member April Wanganeen, who received an Employee Excellence Award.

The 2019 Adelaide Fringe will run from 15 February to 17 March. Tickets are now on sale at Header Image Photographer: Trentino Priori. Artist: Alfie Ordinary
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