December 21st, 2017
After the success of the inaugural Stirling Fringe earlier this year it’s no surprise that the event will reappear again in 2018.

Doubling in size, the event will feature all of the things that made it so popular in its debut year – artists from around the world, free live music and delicious culinary and drink options.

“This year there will be double the shows and double the number of venues with two unique performance tents,” Stirling Fringe publicist Alex Graham said.

“The acts include a few festival favourites, award-winning international artists and local Adelaide and Adelaide Hills artists performing the best of music, circus, cabaret, theatre, comedy and children’s shows.”

With over 90 performances and 38 different shows featuring 80 different artists, there truly will be something for everybody at 2018’s Stirling Fringe.

“The event program is very broad and family friendly,” Alex said.

“There are fantastic kids shows and more risqué entertainment for adults largely at night.

“The producers Louise and Sasha have handpicked the performers on reputation, awards and experience in the industry.”

Whilst all of the performers will be undoubtedly popular, there are some that are sure to be festival highlights.

“We’ve got The Chipolatas all the way from the UK, Children Are Stinky and Baby Carla’s Bad Girl Rumble,” Alex said.

“Adelaide-based theatre company Slingsby will perform The Tragic Life of Cheeseboy, and locals Jennifer DeGrassi as Aphrodite’s Voodoo and The Doogans will also perform shows.”

Louise Clarke is one half of The Doogans, alongside partner Nigel Martin.

“The show is like a circus with juggling and super skills all done in a fun, chaotic manner – great for all ages and family audiences,” Louise said.

Louise isn’t only a performer at the Fringe though.

Alongside Nigel and Sasha Zahra, she’s co-director of Bamboozled Productions, the company responsible for founding and producing the event.

“We approached the Adelaide Hills Council last year with our idea and they were really enthusiastic,” she said.

“The Stirling Business Association were also enthusiastic and partially sponsored us.

“This year The Uraidla Brewery came on as a sponsor too which is really great.”

As co-producers of The Royal Croquet Club from 2015-2017, Louise and Sasha were experienced in festival programming when they launched the Stirling Fringe in 2017.

As for bringing it to the Hills, that was an obvious choice for Upper Sturt local Louise.

“The Hills are just beautiful - they are an amazing place to live and the community is so rich,” she said
“2017 was so well received and the community really got on board.”

Alongside the exclusive performance program there will be a free live music stage that will host many local musicians throughout the festival period.

The Fringe Hub will also feature produce from local businesses including The Uraidla Brewery and soon-to-be announced wineries.

“There will be a great offering of food and produce options amongst the beautiful setting,” Louise said.

That beautiful setting is, for a second year running, the lush Stirling Coventry Library lawns.
“It’s a really beautiful setting under the leafy trees,” Alex said.

“They’ve manage to create a boutique, intimate and picturesque feel.”

With the countless local acts all enclosed in such beautiful surrounds, the Stirling Fringe is quintessentially Adelaide Hills.

“It’s really a celebration of what Stirling has to offer and highlights it as a destination,” Alex said.

“Like a satellite Fringe hub nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills surroundings, it’s a short drive up the hill for people on the plain and it’s great for Hills residents because they don’t have to go to the city for a Fringe experience.”

The spectacular performance tents Bamboozled are constructing for the event will further enhance the 2018 experience.

“A lot of people wonder if it’s like a picnic setting in the tent but they’re all seated, fully air-conditioned, bright and colourful venues,” Alex said.

“The tents are very intimate too – the audience will be completely enveloped in the amazing experience.”

After the Stirling Fringe’s sellout turn in 2017, doubling the size of the event for 2018 was essential to ensure nobody misses out.

“Hopefully it only continues to get stronger and stronger so it can continue for a long time to come,” Alex said.

“We are aiming to make it a really exciting, accessible, affordable and amazing experience that will bring people to the Hills for the Fringe and then again afterwards too.

“It’s a great local event that nurtures local artists that are passionate about the region and putting Stirling on the map.”

The Stirling Fringe will run from Friday, March 2-Monday, March 12 at the Stirling Coventry Library lawns, 63 Mount Barker Road, Stirling.

To avoid disappointment purchasing tickets prior to the performances is recommended, although there will be a box office on site. For more information and tickets visit

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