Joint heads of Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals meet to celebrate Edinburgh’s 70th birthday
South Australia’s largest ever cultural delegation gathered at Summerhall on Wednesday afternoon (9 August) for a reception to toast the 70th birthday of the Edinburgh Festivals.
More than 95 artists, presenting companies and producers joined the CEOs of the Edinburgh Festival, Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival to pay tribute to the milestone and celebrate the historic links between Adelaide and Edinburgh.
Shona McCarthy (Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Fergus Linehan (Edinburgh International Festival), Neil Armfield (Co-Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival) and Heather Croall (CEO, Adelaide Fringe) were all in attendance.
The birthday reception featured the cutting of a giant festival-themed cake and provided a platform for Adelaide to show gratitude and its connections with the Edinburgh Festivals.
Made In Adelaide will not only showcase a selection of local artistic talent, it will deepen relationships between Edinburgh’s Fringe and Festival and Adelaide’s, leading to greater collaboration and cultural exports for Adelaide artists. Adelaide hosts the second largest fringe in the world – and is a year-round festival city, boasting an annual calendar of ten festivals.
Summerhall, itself a major Fringe Festival performance hub which hosts hundreds of performances throughout August, is also home to Made in Adelaide’s base throughout the Festivals – a purpose-built Adelaide-themed pergola in the courtyard. It will host networking functions and business meetings between Adelaide and Edinburgh officials and will showcase premium product from local companies Alpha Box and Dice, Coopers, Hills Cider, Vale Brewing, Maggie Beer, Tucker’s Natural, Vili’s and Mikro Coffee Roasters.