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Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (2015)

The festival

This is, of course, precisely the reason we have international arts festivals – to expose audiences to stories and styles we would not otherwise experience.

The Guardian

For more than 55 years the Adelaide Festival's 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.

Throughout its history Adelaide Festival has shared Australia’s best new work along with some of the world’s great companies and international artists including Sylvie Guillem, John Zorn, Marlene Dietrich, Allen Ginsberg, James Thiérrée, Philip Glass, Isabelle Huppert, Schaubühne Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Isabella Rossellini, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nina Simone, Jane Birkin and Malcolm McLaren.

Future festival dates
2016: 26 Feb – 14 Mar | Writers Week 27 Feb – 3 Mar
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

Adelaide Festival is a member of Festivals Adelaide: representing Adelaide's ten major arts and cultural festivals.



Writers' Week
Special Events 2015

17 July 2015

We are thrilled to present four special Adelaide Writers' Week out of season events for the remainder of 2015.

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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

Buy tickets to Louis de Bernières, A.C Grayling, Peter Garrett & Geraldine Brooks here.

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 and 2015.

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

Future Adelaide Writers' Week dates
2016: 27 Feb – 3 Mar
2017: 4 – 9 Mar
2018: 3 – 8 Mar
2019: 2 – 7 Mar


From the blog

Collected Stories:
A Visit to the British Museum

31 August 2015

So earlier this month when I was in London for work I decided that when not having meetings I would go to museums and galleries. I had a feeling that museums would help me make sense of the 2016 program.

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New initiatives for Adelaide Festival in 2015 included a 'Relaxed Performance' of Beauty and the Beast, specifically designed to welcome people who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability, and a Pay What You Can ticketing scheme for healthcare, pensioner and student cards for three top selling festival highlights.

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