When people think of Adelaide, what do they think of? Some sort of sleepy hollow, packed with churches and Bogan Holden drivers with mullets. For a different perspective come on down to Adelaide and join the party that is the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Despite cold and wintry weather conditions on a summer’s night, thousands of RAD-elaideans came out to celebrate everything good in life at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival opening. For those of you interstate that have not come down to experience this festival, do yourself a favour and hop on a plane and come on down and join what is possibly the biggest celebration in the country. The Adelaide Fringe is just one big party, an excuse to let loose and enjoy everything that is good about life. If you love Laughs, Food, Drinking, Good times then you would have a blast here at the Adelaide Fringe.
Even though the annual opening night parade was cancelled due to the pouring rain, which did not dampen the spirits of those that braved the weather conditions. Our little NOVA man was seen mingling amongst the thousands of party goers getting into the party vibe. He spent most of the night down Adelaide’s East end which was the main hub of all activities on opening night. The atmosphere was electric as all Fringe revelers were enjoying a free concert at Wonderland which was an area of soul, funk and jazz music.
Across the road the famous Garden of Unearthly delights saw our little NOVA man be almost the centre of attention in this carnival playground. The Garden as locals call it is a chance to see a ‘Carnie’ or two, see a freak show, ride the Ferris wheel, eat corn on the cob or eat the famous chips in a cone at The Chip n’ Cone stand. NOVA man loved this stall as Maureen (Manager) and her awesome staff fried up the most delicious chips in this world. Picture this huge cone of chips called the Grande size with your choice of toppings including Gravy, Salsa, Sour Cream and Mayonnaise – All we can say is yum! If you’re after a drink, well the garden has bars dotted around the joint so you don’t have to walk far to stay hydrated. There is a sideshow alley, market stalls and of course numerous venues to watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat to comedians from all over the globe.
Some of the top shows to see include Teresa De Gennaro who is performing a tribute show to European Divas of the past century and check out Shaggy Doo Beats is Quirky for a show that will fully grab your full attention. What an amazing start to this Adelaide Fringe experience. Stay tuned for my next blog on the strange and wonderful happenings in this fully sick city!