Desert Fringe back for another year

PERFORMING ARTS: The annual Desert Fringe event returns to Port Augusta in the first weekend of March.
PERFORMING ARTS: The annual Desert Fringe event returns to Port Augusta in the first weekend of March.

An array of local, national and international performers will swarm Port Augusta in the coming months as the Desert Fringe rolls into town.

Back for a twelfth straight year, the three day festival will run from March 1 to March 3 with an eclectic program of circus, comedy, music, dance, visual art and free family entertainment. 

Confirmed acts so far for the 2019 Desert Fringe include award winning children’s show Children are Stinky, contemporary circus show Social Staples and critically acclaimed magician/comedian Don Chambers in his show RanDom.

Adelaide Fringe Head of Artists, Venues and Events Jo O'Callaghan said they were delighted to bring the Desert Fringe back for another year.

"The Desert Fringe was our first major regional activation and we have since spread out to include other regional towns such as Mount Gambier and Whyalla,” she said.

"This year's Desert Fringe will see the return of our Deadly Funny comedy competition as well as involvement from local groups like Dusty Feet Mob and Desert Voices.”

Comedy dance duo Lords of Strut are also locked in alongside music group Dhungala Baarka and sixties tribute act The 60 Four.

Performing at the Institute Theatre on March 3, The 60 Four is a is giving audiences a chance to relive their glory days.

They pay homage to artists including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin and The Supremes to name a few. 

“We started experimenting with the tight harmonies of the 60s in a music lesson at school. Since then, we have been truly overwhelmed by the response. It’s been amazing,” the group’s founder and lead vocalist Ben Francis said.

“There are many people who live in regional areas who find it difficult to venture into Adelaide to see a show. With the support of the Adelaide Fringe, we are touring this show to Victor Harbor, Mount Gambier, Kangaroo Island and Port Augusta; so no one misses out!”

The critically acclaimed quartet have performed over 100 times in public, private and corporate settings at venues including the Adelaide Oval, St Peter’s Cathedral, The Entertainment Centre, Ayers House, and the Royal Adelaide Show. 

They have also taken part of two Adelaide Fringe Festivals, performing in 10 sold-out shows over two years.

Popular local acts Dusty Feet Mob and Desert Voices will also take to the stage over the course of the festival.

More acts and programs times will be released in February.