Lutheran Care is excited to join Adelaide Fringe as the Proud Supporter of the Community Spotlight initiative in 2024, which will bring the magic of Fringe to the lives of South Australians impacted by the cost of living crisis.
To help Adelaide Fringe be the most inclusive festival in the world, Lutheran Care will help to make the overall Fringe experience welcoming and accessible for all, furthering Lutheran Care’s belief that the arts is for everyone.
The Community Spotlight funds will go towards purchasing Fringe experiences for various community and school groups, ensuring that more tickets will be dispersed to communities experiencing disadvantage than ever before.
It is the second year that Lutheran Care is a supporting partner of the Adelaide Fringe. Last year, Lutheran Care’s support to the Adelaide Fringe’s Community Fund allowed the festival to give more than 500 tickets away to vulnerable and at-risk families and individuals, so they could experience the benefits of exposure to the arts.
It was the first time a leading South Australian not-for-profit organisation had invested so significantly in making the Adelaide Fringe more inclusive.
Being the Proud Supporter of the Community Spotlight initiative closely aligns with Lutheran Care’s focus on social inclusion: one of the organisation’s core values. Through our work, Lutheran Care strives to create a more caring and just society where no one is left behind. This extends to equal access to the arts, so everyone can enjoy the wellbeing benefits of participation in community life and connection with culture and creativity.
Lutheran Care Chief Executive Officer Rohan Feegrade said Lutheran Care was thrilled to partner with the Adelaide Fringe again in 2024.
“The Adelaide Fringe is a world-renowned festival, celebrating culture and artistry from across the globe,” Mr Feegrade said.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with such a celebrated event as the Proud Supporter of the Community Spotlight initiative in 2024, to help bring the joy of the Fringe into the lives of people who may be experiencing hardship, are facing a challenging time in their lives or who may not otherwise get to attend a show.
“At a time where more people and families are feeling the critical impact of the cost of living and housing crises, our hope is we can help make and share positive experiences. Especially families where the current environment is having a significant impact on lower income households,” Mr Feegrade said.
Research shows that access to and involvement in the Arts can positively impact an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing, with the potential to create longer term impacts and lifestyle choices by exposing possible future career pathways into the Arts sector.
“Our team is delighted to play a role in sharing the joy of the arts with more people and recognising the impact it can make in supporting positive health and wellbeing now and into the future,” Mr Feegrade said.
Lutheran Care is currently working with the Adelaide Fringe team, to secure a number of complimentary tickets to a variety of shows for people and families who may be socially isolated or not have the means to attend the Fringe. More information on this will become available.
Bursting at the seams with more than 1300 shows, this year’s Adelaide Fringe is going to transform South Australia into a utopia of discovery and culture this February and March.
More than 500 venues will be participating in 2024 with genres ranging from comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, visual art, music, interactive and more in a melting pot of artistic expression.
The 2024 Adelaide Fringe runs from February 16 to March 17. Visit the Adelaide Fringe website to find out more about this year’s shows and events.