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About Adelaide Festival

“Adelaide is still the premier festival city.” The Australian

For more than 50 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of inspiring, challenging and entertaining artists and performers. This vital and prestigious celebration of art from around the globe has defined South Australia as the nation’s premier festival state. With internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces and striking visual arts displays, Adelaide’s warm March days and starry nights provide the ideal setting for this highly accessible event.

2017 will mark the first Adelaide Festival presented by Joint 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.

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 Adelaide 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

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

About Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest and oldest 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 worlds’ 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 and the popular free Kids’ Days, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures.

Adelaide Writers’ Week has, since 1960, 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 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Listen to the podcasts
2016 Adelaide Writers’ Week via our blog / iTunes
2015 Adelaide Writers’ Week via our blog / Soundcloud
2014 Adelaide Writers’ Week via our blog / iTunes