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Desert Fringe to Delight Port Augusta Audiences Again


Desert Fringe will return to Port Augusta on March 13 and 14 for another sensational weekend of events featuring talented local, international and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.


In its eighth year, Desert Fringe will feature about 20 artists offering audiences live music, circus, visual art and theatre.


Adelaide Fringe Director Greg Clarke said “there’s something for everyone at this year’s Desert Fringe with a fantastic program of events across the two days”.


Desert Fringe will open on Friday night with the much-loved Desert Fringe Club held in the Barracks from 6.30pm until 11.30pm. The club offers a free, cabaret-style night of jam-packed entertainment hosted by Leah Shelton from Polytoxic.


The Desert Fringe Club’s amazing line-up of guest artists includes street circus sensations Les Dudes from Canada and Switzerland, the hilarious 80s music obsessed Eddy Eighty from Spain and all the way from Elcho Island in Arnhem Land the sensational Djuki Mala (the Chooky Dancers).


Port Augusta locals will also be entertaining the crowds, including Desert Voices choir, the Dusty Feet Mob and, back by popular demand, the Desert Fringe Super Band featuring Robert Champion, Warren Milera, Jeremy Whiskey and backed by members of Iwantja Band.


A free Arts Market and Family Day will be held at the Barracks on Saturday 12.30pm until 3.30pm with performances, circus workshops and stalls by local Port Augusta artists and craftspeople. Street circus performers Les Dudes will then take to the stage of the Institute Theatre for a free, family show at 4pm.


Saturday’s program of events continues with the critically acclaimed Djuki Mala, direct from Elcho Island, who will perform their high-energy, unique and stunning fusion of traditional indigenous culture, contemporary dance and storytelling for one night only.


The show will be followed by a sunset acoustic concert and barbecue outside the theatre until 9.30pm. The iconic Adelaide Fringe Caravan stage will become the backdrop to some laid back tunes from Jeremy Whiskey and members of the Iwantja Band.


Desert Fringe Creative Producer Sasha Zahra said “this year’s Desert Fringe will continue to build on the success of the past seven years with audiences set to witness some of the Fringe’s top national and international performers”.


“We are especially delighted to be bringing Djuki Mala to Port Augusta to perform their unmissable, breath-taking show,” Ms Zahra said.


Desert Fringe dates: Friday, 13 March, and Saturday, 14 March, 2015


 Image Djuki Mala 1 Credit Sean Young Photography


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