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Adelaide Fringe connects with aged care

The largest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, the Adelaide Fringe, will for the first time in its history present part of this years program in an aged care facility.
Heather Croall, Margot Ludowici and Ashley at the Fringe at Lourdes program launch

The Adelaide Fringe is coming to Southern Cross Care’s Lourdes Valley precinct at Myrtle Bank and its surrounding communities, to present a program of international and local shows and activities.

The idea was initially suggested and supported by resident Margot Ludowici.

The end result is a program of shows and events for Southern Cross Care Lourdes Valley, The Lodge, The Waterford, The Heritage Apartments, Coach House Mews, Glen Woodley and Myrtle Cottage, to be called Fringe at Lourdes.

Ms Ludowici’s love for the arts started back in 1973 when she was a member of The Adelaide Theatre Guild and it was around 1991 when she became heavily involved with The Independent Arts Foundation. Her passion for the arts has never stopped and she is famous for saying, “Art is a product of one's imagination”.

“This is a wonderful innovation too good to miss,” says Southern Cross Care SA&NT’s chief executive officer, Andrew Larpent OBE.

“The opportunity to bring the Fringe directly to our community at Lourdes, as suggested by Margot, is encouraging older people to stay connected to the arts and to embrace all that the Southern Cross Care and The Adelaide Fringe stand for.

“This exciting opportunity allows us to showcase our philosophies of staying connected with the broader community,” Mr Larpent continues.

“Life does not stop simply because you have changed your address.”

The Adelaide Fringe Festival Director and CEO Heather Croall, together with Creative Producer Julianne Pearce, have ambitious plans for the 2016 Fringe at Lourdes program which will take place from the 12th February until the 14th March 2016 and include international as well as local artists in an exciting program for local residents.

The 2016 Fringe at Lourdes program include Fringe international artists, such as;

Louise Blackwell; who will play a mix of songs from her French chanson repertoire with guitar accompaniment and Jonathan Prag; who will play a classical guitar repertoire like ‘Prelude, Fugue and Allegro’ by Bach, and ‘Catedral’ by Barrios.

Other performances include Becky Blake, the Piano Chick and front lead singer for Adelaide’s popular band Chunky Custard, Tony Roberts Magician and international star, ‘Movin’ Melvin Brown’.

The Fringe at Lourdes program also includes an open air market style day, called “Art Space”, providing an opportunity for friends and family to come together to join in one of the many art or creative classes on offer and learn a new craft.

People will be entertained by the likes of Josh Croall Juggler and Madam Bonbon and be visited by “The Art Bus”.

For more information contact Martyna Wiencierz, Lourdes Valley Wellness and Lifestyle Manager on 08 8433 0400 or Charlie Robinson 0466 418 934.


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