Adelaide was the first city in the southern hemisphere to gain global status as a National Park City a little over a year ago.
Adelaide National Park City is a celebration of what we have, but also an ongoing commitment to connect peoplewith nature and each other and help create a city rich in nature.
There are many ways to be part of Adelaide National Park City and enjoying our many festivals throughout the year is one of them!
Here’s 5 ways to celebrate Adelaide being a National Park City at the Fringe Festival:
1. Connect with Kaurna culture and Country
Use the Fringe as an opportunity to get out and connect with Adelaide’s Kaurna community and learn about their culture. The festival season brings some special ways to do just that with interactive cultural workshops, storytelling and truth telling with Elders, and exploring the First Nations artists’ marketplace at Yarnin Pangari (Talking Spirit) festival.
Zenadth Kes Ilan Night is also coming to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre with special guest artists and cultural market stalls. Bring your picnic blanket.
While you’re in town, why not check out Karromarrandendi 2 Exhibition showcasing First Nations artworks at Tandanya?
2. See the botanic gardens like you’ve never seen them before
South Australia’s 3 Botanic Gardens are a wonder in themselves – from the vibrant and colourful Wittunga Botanic Garden and the internationally renowned rose garden at Adelaide Botanic Garden to Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in the hills.
During the Fringe, you can take the family to a children’s theatre show, enjoy a mystical music experience, or see the one-of-a-kind Augmented Reality exhibition at Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Check out Good Living’s blog on 4 Fringe shows to check out in the Botanic Garden!
3. Choose sustainable festive options
If you’re buying a meal or shopping on your outing, buying local cuts out the carbon emissions of travel and production. After your city visits, get even more local with a show closer to home in your council area.
You can also take a keep cup on your outings and pack a picnic or find a responsible café.
4. Explore a new outdoor spot
You probably haven’t seen all 83 square kilometres of metro Adelaide’s national parks – let alone the calming marine parks.
Why not find a local park to explore after your show, or book an outdoor show like Adelaide Fringe: a History
or The Dark Side of Parkside for a bit of a ghost tour.
5. Find art and stories about nature
There are lots of ways to express nature through art.
Visit the Biophilia photography exhibition, or take the kids to a hilarious and educational theatre show like Attenborough and his Animals and Holy Bin Amoley!
Or stop by the Art Gallery, and check out exhibitions like Bewilderness: recent acquisitions or The Nature of Culture.
These are just some of the many ways you can be involved in Adelaide National Park City during the Fringe Festival. For more ideas, head to our 50 ways to get involved.