Adelaide Fringe Festival will come to Murray Bridge in 2019 with Sixth Street party

The Adelaide Fringe Festival will hit the road in 2019. Photo: Supplied.
The Adelaide Fringe Festival will hit the road in 2019. Photo: Supplied.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival will come to Murray Bridge in a big way in 2019.

A four-hour-long street party will be held on Sixth Street on February 23 as part of a regional Fringe on Tour program.

A handpicked selection of Fringe artists will perform between 5pm and 9pm on that Saturday, with young local performers in support slots.

Pop-up food and wine outlets will showcase local flavours and culinary delights, and Murray Bridge Town Hall will be illuminated to provide a glorious backdrop.

Adelaide Fringe director Heather Croall said she was excited to be able to provide direct access to the festival to people in the Murraylands.

"It’s our great pleasure to be welcoming Murray Bridge to the Fringe family for next year’s festival," she said.

"It will be one thrilling night of entertainment, set to delight audiences of all ages.

"We encourage everyone to get out and experience it."

Mayor Brenton Lewis said Murray Bridge was growing its reputation as a cultural and events epicentre within the region.

"Following the success of the Masters Games street party and Handmade on Sixth, it’s great to see Sixth Street being used as a preferred events space in the heart of Murray Bridge," he said.

It has been 10 years since Murray Bridge last hosted an Adelaide Fringe Festival event of such magnitude.

In 2008, the Rotary Clubs of Murray Bridge and Mobilong listed their Murraylands Cultural Festival, held at the racecourse and headlined by the band Taxiride, as a Fringe event.

Monarto Zoo hosted a family event that same year, and John and Elizabeth De Koke gave an exhibition at the Old Dairy Gallery.

It had been slim pickings since then, excepting a special two-night event featuring an appearance by Archie Roach in 2010, a single performance of an Australiana-themed stage show in 2014 and a cruise on the Captain Proud in 2017.

The Palmer Sculpture Biennial also features in the Fringe program every other year.

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