MEDIA RELEASE: 25 January 2018
Suicide, racism, domestic violence, and cyber-bullying are just some of the social issues being tackled by performers at this year’s Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival and there’s an easy way to find out which ones.
Don Dunstan Foundation has launched its Social Change Guide to guide this year’s festival-goers on the performances that address the often-taboo issues that confront us daily.
The guide references for the first time a line-up of 95 Fringe and Festival shows and events that explore many current social issues including homelessness, suicide, domestic violence, racism, addiction, mental illness, refugee issues, sexuality and cyber-bullying.
Don Dunstan Foundation Executive Director David Pearson says the performances in the Social Change Guide represent a diverse display of culture that would have made former South Australian Premier Don Dunstan incredibly proud.
“The Dunstan Decade saw South Australia lead the nation in progressive social reforms and laid the foundation for Adelaide’s transformation into the Festival State,” Mr Pearson says.
“The Arts bring us together to create and celebrate diversity, which is pretty evident when you flick through our Social Change Guide,” he says.
Among the shows featured in the 49-page guide are 41 Seconds which tackles suicide impact, Trollbridge that explores memes, trolls, flamewars and the dark corners of the interwebs and Spinifex Gum which features The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander singers’ shared passion to ignite change.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall says the shows in this tailored guide are out to get people talking about the subjects often not openly discussed.
“Many of the performers are actually showcasing their personal stories in a push to make positive changes within our community,” Ms Croall says.
Adelaide Festival’s co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy said the Adelaide Festival is home to the greatest artists of our generation who come from all corners of the globe to share their stories with local, Australian and international audiences.
They both acknowledge the work of many of the 2018 Festival artists – Toneelgroep, Felix Riebl, and Hotel Modern for example, are inspired by the social issues of our time and their creative genius is fused with a moral energy that encourages audiences to rethink our
world’s most pressing social and political challenges. And like all great art, the works thrill and entertain as memorably as the power of their message.
Mr Pearson says art, at its best, can be a powerful way to inspire action for a fairer world, and he hopes the Guide helps people to become more informed on the issues facing our society and increases support for social change.
He also encourages readers to get involved with the social change organisations listed in the guide, and organisations like Don Dunstan Foundation, who are backing the movement.
“Our overall aim is to help improve the quality of life of everyone in our community,” he says.
The Social Change Guide is now available for download via the Don Dunstan Foundation website at http://www.dunstan.org.au/guide
The 2018 Adelaide Fringe will run from 16 February until 18 March and the Adelaide Festival 2 March until 18 March.
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Adelaide has been named as one of a select number of cities worldwide to be recognised for its pioneering efforts in working towards a goal of ending street homelessness.
The Adelaide CBD will join a select group of ‘vanguard cities’ on six continents to partner with the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) in setting ambitious but achievable goals to solve the problem of homelessness as part of the A Place to Call Home campaign.
In announcing Adelaide as one of the ‘vanguard cities’, Dame Louise Casey, a driving force behind the establishment of the IGH, says South Australia’s efforts will help shape the global response to street homelessness. “It is significant recognition of Adelaide’s move to achieve functional zero homelessness in the CBD,” Dame Louise says.
The Adelaide Zero Project was announced by the Don Dunstan Foundation in August this year, supported by the State Government, the City of Adelaide, Flinders and Adelaide universities, Bendigo Bank and a host of community organisations.
“Homelessness is a global challenge but it is an eminently solvable problem – seven communities in the United States have already achieved a functional end to homelessness,” Casey says.
“By setting up a network of ‘vanguard cities’ we will strengthen the global efforts to end street homelessness. Ending street homelessness is a problem which can be solved if we disseminate learning and success to motivate local leaders and inspire others to act.”
The Institute of Global Homelessness is a partnership between DePaul University in Chicago, USA, and Depaul International, a London-based organization, which supports a global effort to support 150 cities to end street homelessness by 2030.
“The vision of A Place to Call Home is that within a generation, we will live in a world where everyone has a place to call home – a home that offers security, safety, autonomy and opportunity,” Dame Louise says.
In Adelaide, about 100 people are sleeping rough each night in the CBD.
Pictured at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Zero Project are Joe Formichella, Bendigo Bank, Mayor Martin Haese, Adelaide City Council, David Pearson, Don Dunstan Foundation, Nat Cook, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing, and Dame Louise Casey Chair, Advisory Committee, Institute for Global Homelessness.
 Functional zero homelessness is reached when the number of people who are homeless in a city on any given night is no greater than the housing placement availability for that night. This focuses on the need for housing supply to match demand in the short term, and in the longer term.
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