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“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.

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.

Adelaide Festival is also renowned for its lively signature attractions sharing big ideas and bold new literary and visual arts works. Adelaide Writers’ Week, Adelaide International (AI) and Artists’ Week have become hotly anticipated fixtures for literary and visual art enthusiasts from across Australia and overseas. Add to this the purpose-built festival club where artists share lounges, bars, dance-floors and tales of the road with an adoring public, and you have a skilfully programmed arts festival of truly epic proportions.

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