Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

City man to judge at Aussie festival

Eddie Cassar set for Adelaide Fringe Festival

- Luke Folb

LOCAL comedy producer and curator of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, Eddy Cassar, has been invited onto the panel of judges of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which is taking place in Adelaide, Australia, from February 16 to March 18.

The veteran showman said he was “quite chuffed” to be selected as a judge at the prestigiou­s arts festival.

“I am a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (in the UK) but it is my first visit to the Adelaide Fringe. I am interested to see what learnings Adelaide has taken from Edinburgh,” Cassar said.

“Apparently it is cleverly designed to get promoter and artist together in a comfortabl­e situation, enabling the artist to secure work around the world.”

Since its inception in 1960, the Adelaide Fringe Festival has grown to become the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere, boasting an enormous programme and reaching a broad demographi­c.

Its impact on the social and economic fabric of South Australia is immense and grows year on year. More than 1.4 million people attended last year’s Fringe Festival, purchasing more than 350 000 tickets.

The festival runs for five weeks from mid-February to late March each year. It takes over the entire city with more than 1 100 events staged in establishe­d venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and town halls.

Many more events occur in popup venues and in the streets. Plenty of the events are free with the artists relying on audience donations for survival. Cassar is an appropriat­e choice for Fringe Festival judge.

He founded South Africa’s first comedy festival in 1997, which has since developed into the present-day Jive Cape Town Funny Festival.

Billed as “Cape Town’s Winter comedic tonic”, the popular event takes place at the Baxter Theatre annually.

“South African comedy is alive and well. Our diverse cultures and background­s ensure a richness other countries do not have.

“Our comedic future is very bright and having Trevor Noah at the centre of it all helps a lot,” said Cassar.

Tickets for the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which takes place from July 9 to August 5, are now on sale at Webtickets.

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