To celebrate its diamond anniversary, Fringe has upped the ante this year with a selection of amazing ambassadors just announced.

Queen of Pop Marcia Hines, international superstar Amanda Palmer and glamazon-drag superhero Fez Faanana are set to represent the festival next year in what is anticipated to be one of the most memorable Fringe’s on record.

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall says the ambassador program is a golden opportunity to showcase the Adelaide Fringe to the world.

“The ambassador program is supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission and is designed to grow the Adelaide Fringe by connecting it to undiscovered audiences,” she says. “We have carefully selected people that represent and embody the Fringe to advocate for us on this milestone.”

The three powerhouse entertainers are a representation of the diverse nature within Adelaide Fringe and highlight that the event has something for everyone.

National treasure Marcia Hines is a passionate supporter of Adelaide Fringe and renowned for her celebrated performances, most recently in the acclaimed production Velvet.

Marcia will return to the 60th anniversary of Adelaide Fringe in a reinvented version of the show in Velvet Rewired.

Genre-bending artist and eclectic performer Amanda Palmer will help the Fringe flair to life and, staying true to her performance style, Fringe goers should be on high-alert for Amanda’s signature guerrilla gigs that could happen around the city on short notice.

“We can’t wait to see what Amanda will bring to our wonderful Fringe. We think securing her as an ambassador is a massive coup for Australian audiences,” Heather Croall says.

Adding a local spark, Adelaide Fringe favourite Fez Faanana will return for another year as the final 2020 Fringe Ambassador, as well as delivering a season of scintillating cabaret and tongue-in-cheek glamour Briefs.

An advocate for Adelaide Fringe and its inclusive nature, Fez says he has enjoyed more than a decade of being a part of the Fringe family since his first involvement in 2008.

“Adelaide Fringe Festival has been my stomping ground for more than ten-years”, Fez said.

It is a place that elevates and celebrates the edge, the odd and underground, allowing voices that sit on the ‘fringe’ to be at the forefront. I am beyond excited to be an Ambassador of the cultural phenomenon that is Adelaide Fringe 2020.”

The 2020 Adelaide Fringe will run from 14 February to 15 March. For more information about the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, please visit

Photo of Amanda Palmer by Christin Söhnchen