There will be a huge variety of events and activities happening for the 2021 Gawler Fringe from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, March 21, coinciding with the Adelaide Fringe.
The newly developed Walker Place will host the Gawler Fringe opening event on Friday, February 19, from 3pm to 10pm.
The opening evening will be an afternoon and evening of fantastic entertainment, including a range of performances by local musos, featuring well-known favourites and some new. The evening will also include Welcome to Country and children’s activities, as well as food and drinks available for purchase from local businesses and service clubs.
The award-winning Gawler Civic Centre has also been registered as an Adelaide Fringe venue and will be one of the main venues for this year’s Fringe festivities.
Across the month of Fringe, Gawler Civic Centre will host a range of exciting events including live music, comedy, film, magic, circus, cabaret, quiz night, Nunga Fringe, Gawler Fringe Art Exhibition, workshops, demonstrations, Library events, Youth Space activities, and more.
The full 2021 Gawler Fringe Program is available online at www.gawler.sa.gov.au/gawlerfringe or in hard copy at a range of council customer service points and other venues around town.
“Gawler will come alive with fun and festivities this February and March,” Mayor Karen Redman said.
“With the cancellation or postponement of many events last year, the 2021 Gawler Fringe will be a great opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate and support local.
“More than 20 events are on offer, so there’s bound to be an exciting event to suit your interests.
“We anticipate Gawler residents and those from surrounding areas will take advantage of a jam-packed calendar to enjoy this year’s Gawler Fringe.”
Adelaide Fringe director and CEO, Heather Croall, said it was fantastic to see locations beyond the city embracing all the magic and fun of Fringe.
“It’s never been more important for people to support their local events and venues,” she said.
“We encourage everyone to get behind the incredible array of shows and performances, suitable for all ages, which will be rolling out throughout Gawler across February and March.
“We have created filters on our website to make it easier to find shows in your neighbourhood.”
Highlights of the 2021 Gawler Fringe program include:
• Unsung – Join cabaret powerhouses Amelia Ryan and Libby O’Donovan on Saturday, February 20, as they share the story of life for women in 1960’s Australia in their acclaimed show, Unsung. Celebrate the likes of Lynne Randell, Little Patti, Judy Stone, Marcie Jones, Judy Cannon, Wendy Saddington, Renee Geyer and Alison McCallum, in an uplifting, raucous and nostalgic show that pays homage to the women who blazed the trails for future generations of Australian female pop and rock icons.
• SAGA Gawler: Women’s International Film Festival – This unique event on Friday, February 26 is a celebration of women-behind-the-camera films. A culturally diverse cacophony of ideas and world perspectives, SAGA is a culturally inclusive women’s film festival based on the notion that the stories of women and girls matter. This year SAGA Gawler offers three world premieres – ‘The Women’s Shed’, filmed in Davoren Park, ‘Without a roof over our heads’, filmed in Adelaide, and Alana Gregory’s fabulous four short films in one.
• Something for the Kids – On Saturday, February 20, get ready for skills, spills and thrills when Juggling Vs Magic face off in an all-out showbiz grudge match. They’ll bring out their ultimate signature moves over three rounds to win over the crowd. Once the tricks are done, you vote to decide the winner. One performer will rule as King of the Kids and the other guy gets slimed. Or if circus is more your thing then why not come along to one of the Circus Elements workshops taking place on Sunday, February 21. Be entertained with fun performances and learn new circus props skills in juggling, flower sticks, plate spinning, diabolo and unicycling.
• So You Think You Know Music?! – This is a quiz night with a difference. On Saturday, February 27, join quizmaster Rohan Watts, music legend Crafty and a bunch of talented local musicians for a night of live music, quirky quiz questions, and some friendly competition.
• CrowdChant – Back at this year’s Fringe, join Gawler musician legends Crafty and Dani on Saturday, March 13 as they take you through a night of songs you love, where the crowd are the performers. Gather a bunch of friends and bring along your best singing voices.
• The Stand-up Comedy Gala – Celebrate the Fringe with a talented bunch of comedy all-stars on Friday, March 12, including Kel Balnaves, Kehau Jackson and Michael Bowley, plus some great live music to top off an entertaining night of fun and laughter.
• Nunga Fringe – Back in 2021 following its popularity last year, each Wednesday Nunga Fringe will provide the opportunity for the community to become immersed in Aboriginal culture with Kaurna language, art, music, native foods, basket weaving and more.
• Fringe in the Park – Returning to a local reserve in Evanston on Saturday, March 6, Fringe in the Park offers families who live nearby the reserve the opportunity to be involved in the Fringe right on their doorstep. This free event will include live music, fun workshops, interactive library stall, lots of art and craft activities, airbrushed tattoos, face painting, sausage sizzle and more.