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29 May 2009
Performer: Our cousins are such awful socialites. Hello!
Christie Anthoney: I'm Christie Anthoney, the director of the Adelaide Fringe, which is the largest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere of its kind - which is a fringe, open-access event. 'Open-access event' means that there is no selection criteria. It's a platform whereby any artist can come and register with the Fringe and be part of the festival.
Performer: My name is Celestia von Cosmonaut, Queen of the Sky.
Performer: The show is about two boys who have been raised by wolves and they're growing up in a small country town...
Christie Anthoney: This year we've got 543 artists, which include all art forms - cabaret, comedy, visual artists, theatre, the whole gamut - which is about 3,000 artists.
The festival has been going for nearly 50 years. It's 48 years old. It's very much part of Adelaide's cultural heritage. And on top of that, the community really come out and celebrate the Festival City. So we put on some big events, such as the opening night party.
Performer: Tonight you will see secret guests performing live acts of unrivalled excellence. Then you decide which act you're about to see.
Christie Anthoney: So right now the vibe is electric. It's really, really exciting being here in Adelaide, knowing that this is about to be the largest Fringe ever. And it starts in a matter of minutes, you know. It's definitely a good vibe. There's no question about that.
Maggie Oster: Every year the Adelaide Fringe has about 200 to 300 volunteers. And my job is to get them in, get them all registered and then get them working very, very hard for us.
Volunteer: Oh, I just really enjoy the Fringe. Love being here and saw that they were looking for volunteers so I thought I'd give it a shot. I mean, I've done a bit of backstage work in the past.
Maggie Oster: We couldn't do the festival without them at all. They're really the heartbeat of the entire event.
Volunteer: I was stage manager of a pod and just organising what was going on - organising the acts, making sure that they got on and got off and just making sure that everything's secure.
Maggie Oster: It's an exceptionally busy time at the moment and it's also the most exciting time. So we're working on adrenaline most of the time, but it's just magical.
Volunteer: I'm running the Garden Shed, which is a stand-up comedy venue in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. And, yeah, we're just sort of pushing comics and other acrobatic acts. I'm here because this is the best event in South Australia, hands-down. I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world.
Christie Anthoney: I'm really enjoying being the director of the Fringe because there's so much energy about it. You know, it's loved by artists, it's well patronised by Adelaide audiences.
Performer: Yes, we're very, very glad to be back in Adelaide. This is just the best Fringe we come to and it's worth the ridiculously expensive airfares from America.
Performer: It's true.
Performer: One has been part of the royal family, Fringe family, for a long time.
Christie Anthoney: I love it. I think this is the piece de resistance in terms of my career, certainly.