Adelaide Fringe believes that everyone should be able to participate in the festival in a safe environment that is free from discrimination and barriers. Access is a barrier that not only audiences face whilst attending the festival but also the participating artists and arts workers. 

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The accessibility of your venue and the performing and exhibition spaces within it are important to consider. You will need to answer detailed questions within your venue registration in order for Adelaide Fringe to communicate the accessibility of your venue to customers through our website and the FringeTIX call centre.

Adelaide Fringe Venue Accessibility Resource

Available now, is the Adelaide Fringe Venue Accessibility Resource which has been created in collaboration with independent access consultants to highlight the crucial information you need to know and how this information fits within the regulations outlined in the Australian Standards for Access and Mobility, the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the National Construction Code.

Don’t worry if your venue doesn’t meet the current disability access standards, the most important thing is that you provide as much clear information about the accessibility of your venue so that access needs patrons and performers can decide themselves if your venue suits their needs. Make sure your staff are armed with as much infomation as possible also so that they can answer patron questions about accessibility. 

If you have any other questions reguarding accessibility please contact the Artist & Venue Team or 8100 2022

Auslan Interpretation 

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is a visual language comprised of hand movements or 'signs', facial expressions, and other body language. It is a recognized language of Australia’s deaf community. AUSLAN interpreters can represent dialogue being spoken on stage as it occurs.

During an Auslan interpreted performance, an interpreter stands on or at the side of the stage, clearly visible to the audience, and interprets the spoken word, songs, and sound effects for Deaf patrons who use Auslan.

Open Captioning 

Similar to television subtitles, Open Captioning is an assisted listening device where spoken words are displayed on screen(s), on or next to the stage

Audio Description 

Audio description is the verbal narration of visual aspects of live theatre, which is accessed by listeners through a small radio receiver and single earpiece as it is performed. Commentary is provided by trained volunteers. The service includes pre-show descriptions of program details, as well as costumes and stage settings.

Tactile Tours 

Prior to the commencement of a performance or show, tactile tours can be provided to patrons who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to form a mental picture in their mind of key items in the work.

Relaxed Performance 

A Relaxed Performance is intended to be specifically sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, anyone with sensory or communication disorders or patrons with learning disabilities. Minor modifications are made to sensory elements like lighting and sound to eliminate surprise and reduce anxiety levels making theatre more welcoming to some audiences.

A Relaxed Performance may also offer accommodations outside of the show itself, such as a relaxation/quiet area, an activity area, family/non-gendered bathrooms etc. Front of house staff should receive special training for these performances. Audiences are allowed to move around the space or make noise during performance and bring snacks, toys, and fidgets (objects that can help soothe and focus individuals on the autism spectrum) into the theatre with them. They are welcome to exit and return to the theatre whenever they need to.

Further Access Organisations

Purple Orange

Autism SA

Deaf Can:Do

Access 2 Arts

Auslan Stage Left

Live Performance Australia

Arts Access Australia

The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)

External Access Resources

Adelaide City Council Access & Inclusion

Adelaide City Council Accessibility Map

Access Adelaide Guide

Access to Arts - What to Say

Artwork for Everyone

Accessibility for Business Owners

City of Melbourne - Good Access is Good Business

Demystifying Access - Unlimited

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences.

Disability Awareness Training 

The promotion of disability awareness in our workplaces and communities is vital in establishing a society where people with disability are valued and included.


Image: Tom GK - Hearing Loss the Musical by Leighton Pearce