The Adelaide Fringe are carving a path to make sure as many people as possible can experience the festival! Here’s a few ways they have improved access:
Access Champions. An Access champion will be at all events that are Auslan interpreted, audio described and all relaxed performances (specifically designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for patrons with a learning disability and/or sensory and communication difficulties).
A Champion can support you in the following ways:
- Meeting you at an accessible entry point to a venue
- Chaperoning to accessible seating
- Explaining events in the Access Guide
- Recommending events to suit your requirements
- Recording your feedback about accessibility at Fringe
You can request an Access Champion, subject to availability, when you book tickets on the Accessibility Booking Line.
Accessibility Booking Line on 08 8100 2089.
Look for the Access Champion badge to identify a volunteer.
Secondly, web functionality has been improved so it is easier for you to search and find the experience that suits you!
Next an Access Guide has been created for the first time.
And an Access Venue Award is going to be awarded to the most accessible venue. And this is where you can help! If you have some constructive feedback about any of the experiences you attend, we encourage you to take the time and fill out the survey. This can be done online via the Fringe website or at a venue where there is an Access Champion, and this will help a venue take out the award. Remember all venues are unique, but the goal is to reward the venues that enable everyone to take part in an experience.
You can find more detail and information including the Access Guide on the Adelaide Fringe website.
If you are visiting Adelaide from interstate, make sure you take a look at our Guide to Adelaide. And take note, this time of the year in Adelaide is called Mad March, the city is taken over by back to back festivals and events, there is seriously something for everyone. Allow extra time to get around the city, expect public transport to be well utilized and parking to be hard to come by! But don’t let this stop you, just slow down and enjoy our vibrant city and stop at any number of cafes and drinking holes on the way to your venue.
Looking around the globe, The Edinburgh Fringe has also taken a strong position to creating an inclusive festival. Striving ‘to go beyond the legal obligations of the Equality Act and implement best practice, providing a fair, and equal service to Deaf and disabled customers and participants’.
What’s the most accessible event or venue you have attended? We’d love to know!