Kate Costello takes on Chair role at Adelaide Fringe Festival

South Australian business leader Kate Costello has been appointed as the new Chair of Adelaide Fringe.

Costello succeeds longstanding Chairman David Minear, who has finished up after six years in the role.

Costello is a professional non-executive director with more than 30 years’ experience across a number of prominent local and national companies.

“Fringe is an iconic Adelaide and international institution, and I look forward to further building upon the continued success and exceptional growth of this transformative festival – now and into the future,” Costello said.

“Our immediate plan inevitably will be to concentrate on the delivery of a memorable and successful Fringe in 2021, despite the challenges of COVID-19. After that, we hope to have the luxury of developing a longer-term view. “David has chaired the organisation through a period of unparalleled success. He was much admired by management and staff and all who dealt with him. He will be missed.”

Minear said he felt the time was right to hand over the reins.

“I am a strong believer in Board rejuvenation,” he said. “This is particularly relevant to a major entertainment and arts event like Adelaide Fringe. It’s important that the creativity of Fringe continues to change and evolve.”

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said Minear had been “a major driver behind the success of Adelaide Fringe in recent years”.

The 2021 Festival will be held from 19 February to 21 March.