Adelaide Fringe Ambassadors 2020
The Adelaide Fringe has announced its diamond anniversary ambassadors - Queen of Pop Marcia Hines, genre-bending artist Amanda Palmer and glamazon-drag superhero Fez Faanana.
The trio sets the scene for what is anticipated to be a memorable Fringe in 2020.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said the ambassador program is a golden opportunity to showcase the Adelaide Fringe to the world.
“The ambassador program is supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission and is designed to grow the Adelaide Fringe by connecting it to undiscovered audiences”, Ms Croall said.
“We have carefully selected people that represent and embody the Fringe to advocate for us on this milestone.”
The three entertainers are a representation of the diverse nature of Adelaide Fringe.
National treasure Marcia Hines has been hand-picked as one of the three ambassadors for 2020. The iconic artist is a passionate supporter of Adelaide Fringe and renowned for her celebrated performances, most recently in Velvet.
Marcia will return to the 60th anniversary of Adelaide Fringe in a reinvented version of Velvet, Velvet Rewired.
Fringe goers should be on high-alert genre-bending artist and eclectic performer Amanda Palmer’s signature guerrilla gigs that could happen around the city on short notice.
Heather Croall said the American entertainer and public figure brings an important international facet to the ambassador program.
“We can’t wait to see what Amanda will bring to our wonderful Fringe. We think securing her as an ambassador is a massive coup for Australian audiences.” Ms Croall said.
Adding a local spark, Adelaide Fringe favourite Fez Faanana will return for another year as the final 2020 Fringe Ambassador.
Fez will deliver a season of cabaret and tongue-in-cheek glamour with the show Briefs.
An advocate for Adelaide Fringe and its inclusive nature, Fez said he has enjoyed more than a decade of being a part of the Fringe family since his first involvement in 2008.
"Adelaide Fringe Festival has been my stomping ground for more than ten-years”, Fez said.
It is a place that elevates and celebrates the edge, the odd and underground, allowing voices that sit on the ‘fringe’ to be at the forefront. I am beyond excited to be an Ambassador of the cultural phenomenon that is Adelaide Fringe 2020.”
The 2020 Adelaide Fringe will run from 14 February to 15 March. For more information about the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, please visit adelaidefringe.com.au
Images: Marcia Hines in Velvet, Fez Faanana and Amanda Palmer by Allan Amato