Adelaide Fringe shines a spotlight on 2024 award winners

47 shows have been recognised in this year’s Adelaide Fringe Awards, celebrating the exceptional talent and creativity that defines Adelaide Fringe.

Following weeks of anticipation and outstanding performances across South Australia, the festival’s final awards were celebrated in a grand ceremony on Sunday 17 March at the Dom Polski Centre.

Judged by a panel of esteemed arts industry leaders and enthusiasts, the Adelaide Fringe Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate the most outstanding events within the program. The Awards were presented to a select group of artists and shows that have not only enchanted audiences, but have also set new benchmarks for artistic excellence.

Distinguished for their significant reputational impact on the winning artists, the Awards include large sums of money, mentoring, and touring opportunities. This year’s Final Award Winners have demonstrated unparalleled creativity, innovation and passion, capturing the hearts of audiences and critics alike.

50% of awards have gone to South Australian artists, with six of the 50 awards presented to First Nations artists. 36% of shows were supported by the Adelaide Fringe Fund. Across all of these awards, the total prize pool awarded to artists amounts to $283,000.

Australia’s biggest arts festival has again been a resounding success in 2024, surpassing last year’s million ticket milestone with more than more than 1,450 shows presented in this year’s program. It’s anticipated that the event has attracted over 55,000 interstate and international visitors, reaffirming its status as a significant contributor to South Australia’s economy.

CEO and Director of Adelaide Fringe, Heather Croall AM said ” Adelaide Fringe is a beacon of artistic freedom and creativity, and this year’s award winners exemplify the spirit and diversity that our festival stands for. Their remarkable talent and dedication have truly elevated the festival experience, offering audiences unforgettable moments of joy, reflection, and inspiration. Congratulations to all our winners. Your success is a testament to the vital role the arts play in our lives, and we’re proud to support and celebrate your achievements.”

“A massive thank you to all of our Partners who make Adelaide Fringe possible, and to all of our Awards Partners who choose to support our artists directly through prizes and recognition,” said Heather.

2024 Adelaide Fringe Award Winners

Edinburgh Fringe Award – B.L.I.P.S.

John Chataway Innovation Award – Foxdog Studios: Robo Bingo

The Frank Ford Award- Stephen Noonan – the Boy & the Ball

Sarah Rohrsheim Adelaide Fringe Fellowship Award – Chloe Castledine – So Fresh! Hits of the 2000s and 80’s Ladies

The Adelaide Critics Award – Blood of the Lamb

Holden Street Theatres Adelaide Fringe Award – Dirty Energy by Deus Ex Femina at Carclew & Trail’s End by Jannali Jones at Goodwood Theatre

Science at the Fringe Award – KABOOM!

Adelaide Festival Centre’s INSPACE Fringe Award – The Tumour Show

Adelaide Fringe Youth Award – The Bacchae

Cultural Diversity Award – Dr Ahmed Gets Hitched- My Big Fat Gay Greek Pakistani Wedding

Mental Health Awareness Award – Sam Kissajukian: Museum of Modernia

House of Oz Purse Prize – Gravity and Other Myths – Ten Thousand Hours, Lewis Major – Repertoire, Yozi – No Babies in the Sauna, Clockfire Theatre – PLENTY OF FISH IN THE SEA & Michelle Pearson – Mixtape Australia

Best Emerging Producer – Kylan Ambrum – Aboriginal Comedy Allstars

Marjorie Fitz-Gerald Encouragement Award for Costuming – Fountain Lakes: A Very Foxy Parody Musical

Take a Chance on Adelaide Award – Virtuoso

One to Watch Award – Ryan Mason – Ryan Mason Disappoints His Parents

The Eran Svigos Award for Best Solo Exhibition in Visual Art – Sam Kissajukian: Paintings of Modernia

The Fringe World Tour Ready Award – Maliphant x Major

The Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award – Bisexual Intellectuals

NZ Fringe Festival Wellington Tour Ready Award – Fool’s Paradise

The Sydney Fringe Tour Ready award – Maliphant x Major

The Fiji Tour Ready Award – Oat Milk & Honey

Hollywood Fringe Tour Ready Award – MOTORBOAT

Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award – Kate Dolan: A Different Kind of Unhinged & That’s Amore.

My Plan Manager Access Award – Smiling Through the Human

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award – Trail’s End

Sustainability Award – The End of Winter

Volunteer of the Year Award – Marta Aujard

Adelaide Fringe Best Cabaret Award – MESSY FRIENDS

Adelaide Fringe Best Circus Award – CIRQUE ALFONSE – ANIMAL

Adelaide Fringe Best Comedy Award – Elf Lyons – Raven & MOTORBOAT

Adelaide Fringe Best Dance Award – Lien

Adelaide Fringe Best Event Award – Celestial Gardens: Secret Sounds of Plants

Adelaide Fringe Best Workshops & Talks Award – The Cook Up with Adam Liaw LIVE

Adelaide Fringe Best Eat & Drink Award – In Pour Taste: A Comedy Wine Tasting Experience

Adelaide Fringe Best Film & Digital Interactive Award – In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

Adelaide Fringe Best Kids & Family Event – Mario the Maker Magician

Adelaide Fringe Best Magic Award – The Man with the Golden Hands

Adelaide Fringe Best Music Award – World Rock Arena

Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre & Physical Theatre Award – Black Is The Color Of My Voice & Orpheus

Adelaide Fringe Best Visual Art & Design Award – If Fabrics Could Speak…

BankSA Pick of the Fringe – Hans: Disco Spektakulär

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