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01 - 17 Mar 2024
Bold and inspiring, the Adelaide Festival is an event of truly epic proportions that thrills today’s audiences and stimulates future generations. AF commissions and champions Australia’s most innovative new work along with presenting some of the world’s great companies and artists.
When it launched in 1960, the Adelaide Festival of the Arts was the first of its kind in Australia, designed to host large scale works of the highest standard from across the world. In the ensuing decades, it also helped to turn Adelaide into an internationally recognised festival hub, inspiring generations of performers, curators and critics who continue to shape the cultural life of the city.
Today each edition of the Festival features hundreds of artists and performances (many of them Australian exclusives) in both traditional venues and underutilised spaces across the city. Beginning with the much-loved tradition of a free open-air concert, the Festival fills the warm days and starry nights of late summer with a breathtaking array of internationally acclaimed works and brand new commissions.
From the morning talks of Breakfast with Papers to late-night shows in the festival hub, the Summerhouse, there’s something to see in every moment of the day. Part of Adelaide Festival is also the beloved Adelaide Writers’ Week, Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, in Adelaide’s city centre.Visit website
Basically, it’s where to go if you want to binge on cutting-edge, high-profile, large-scale international art.
More than any other Australian festival of its kind, it offers a place for cultural and intellectual nourishment, a sense of gathering and of community, led by the inspired programming of directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy.
[Adelaide Writers’ Week is] marvellously free six-day event in a shady spot on the edge of the River Torrens.
Sydney Morning Herald
Found some downtime between the all the events and excitement of the Adelaide Festival? Here are some tips on what to see and do in Adelaide and South Australia morning, noon, and night!
The Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the largest art museum collections in Australia, comprising almost 45,000 works of art spanning 2000 years. Their collection includes paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, photographs and videos, textiles and clothing, ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery and furniture. AGSA hosts ongoing programs, special exhibitions, the Ramsey Art Prize, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and Tarnathi Festival. It also includes the William Morris Gallery, which includes the largest collection of Morris & Co. items outside Britain.
Start with the classics and cult favourites sharing shelf space with the latest releases at iconic Imprints, then lose yourself in a the eclectic collection of pristine first editions and well loved second-hand tomes at nearby O’Connell’s Bookshop or head to Gamma Rays Comics, which was Adelaide’s first store dedicated entirely to comics when it first opened in 1984. And don’t forget Dillons in Norwood, South Australia’s largest independent family owned bookshop.
On a picturesque farm hidden deep in the Adelaide Hills, Ukaria Cultural Centre marries superb acoustics with incredible views out over the surrounding region. Purpose-built for chamber music and just 40km from the Adelaide CBD, this magnificent 220 – seat concert hall hosts a range of classical and contemporary performances and is surrounded by beds of aromatic herbs and a sculpture garden, all of which was founded by the South Australian skincare label Jurlique.