"The Governor's Multicultural Awards honour and reward those who work so consistently and effectively to embed multiculturalism and inclusiveness in South Australia's cultural fabric." - His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO Governor of South Australia




Adelaide International Fringe                    2016


Around and About

Adelaide's International Festival finished off last March 14, 2016. The 2016 Adelaide Fringe program featured more than 1100 events Ė a new record. More than 5000 artists took part in 228 music events, 24 interactive events, 112 cabaret shows, 35 circus and physical theatre shows, 305 comedy events, 12 magic events, 32 dance shows, nine film and digital events, 151 theatre productions, 111 art and design exhibitions, 58 childrenís events and 45 special events. Magic was the interactive  new genre in the Fringe for 2016. It was during this week that I met Minnie Norton (in the photo with me), an artist from Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

This year's  Adelaide Fringe Festival has grown from its 1960ís humble beginnings into the largest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere today. In 2015, it boasted a staggering $68.8 million of associated expenditure to the South Australian economy.  The events and performances spread out around Adelaide with major shows in makeshift tarpaulin tents at the Garden of Earthly Delights along the CBDís East Terrace and at Rymill Park which was converted into a mini festival village. This yearís Fringe Festival highlight for me was my acquisition of an aboriginal art piece by Minnie Norton, an artist from Alice Springs who I chanced on along Grenfell Street last February 14.




Norma Hennessy weorks in several different styles of contemporary art including but not limited to:

  • Oil on Canvas
  • Mixed Media
  • Ceramics

Please see the gallery for more artworks. Contact us if you would like to purchase a print or original

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"Crafting Cultural Connections" is an art initiative in the city of Marion where residents have been attending traditional craft workshops across various community facilities in Marion to learn new artistic skills based on a variety of cultural practices. This exhibition showcases the work of facilitators and examples of work made by participants in the workshops. This includes: Bangladeshi quilt embroidery; Eritrean basketry; Sudanese beading, and; Iranian embroidery. It was launched on March 18 to coincide with the Harmony Week celebrations. The Traditional Craft Skills Workshop program is managed by Guildhouse and supported by the South Australian Government through Multicultural SA.





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