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Directed by Barrie Kosky

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The Secret River

Neil Armfield's masterful production, thrillingly reconceived for the stunning natural setting of the Anstey Hill quarry

Peter and the Wolf

Could there be a better introduction to the orchestra and storytelling than the warm, whimsical and occasionally wicked Miriam Margolyes?

Versus Rodin

Marking 100 years since Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917, this exhibition places Rodin’s work in conversation with modern and contemporary artists.


A surrealist cinematic offering and a savage tale of female power featuring Cate Blanchett.

The festival

It's the only festival of its kind to which art lovers from across Australia still make a pilgrimage

The Australian

The full 2017 festival program will be announced on Thu 27 Oct 2016

For more than 55 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions.

2017 will mark the first Adelaide Festival presented by Co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy. Both have established reputations of excellence throughout Australia and beyond and there is much anticipation about their first program. Neil and Rachel direct the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Adelaide Festival.

Adelaide Festival has shared Australia’s best new work along with some of the world’s great companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, John Zorn, Marlene Dietrich, Allen Ginsberg, James Thiérrée, Philip Glass, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Isabelle Huppert, Schaubühne Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Isabella Rossellini, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nina Simone, Jane Birkin and Malcolm McLaren. Check out the full list of past festival artists here.

Future festival dates
2017: 3 – 19 Mar | Writers' Week 4 – 9 Mar
2018: 2 – 18 Mar | Writers' Week 3 – 8 Mar
2019: 1 – 17 Mar | Writers' Week 2 – 7 Mar


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Adelaide Festival receives major donation after Edinburgh showcase

14 October 2016

Adelaide Festival today announced it has received a major donation following the South Australian Government's "Made in Australia" initiative at August's Edinburgh International Festival.

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Adelaide Writers' Week

A marvellously free six-day event in a shady spot on the edge of the Torrens River.

Sydney Morning Herald

Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations in a garden setting in Adelaide’s city centre. Curated by Director Laura Kroetsch, each carefully selected program brings the world's most celebrated established and emerging writers together for a week that delights, surprises and enlightens audiences.

Each Adelaide Writers’ Week includes six days of free panel sessions that are presented live in the gardens, and made available online via podcast. The program also features a series of ticketed special events throughout the year, and the popular free Kids’ Weekend, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures.

Over the last 55 years, Adelaide Writers’ Week has seen some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers in conversation about literature, politics, poetry, current events, biography, the short story and so much more. Take a look at the guest lists from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Listen to the conversations as they happened with these podcasts from 2013, 2014 , 2015 and 2016.

Future Adelaide Writers' Week dates
2017: 4 – 9 Mar
2018: 3 – 8 Mar
2019: 2 – 7 Mar


From the blog

To be lawfully wedded...

23 September 2016

Before the hollering about the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage really gets underway I thought I would recommend a few books about marriage – all of which take place in the years after the Second World War.

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