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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.

2018 marked the second Adelaide Festival presented by Co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy, following a record-breaking debut in 2017.

Adelaide Festival has shared Australia’s best new work along with some of the world’s great companies and artists including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Akram Khan, Grace Jones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Robert Lepage, 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.

Save the date for the 2019 Adelaide Festival:
1 – 17 Mar

"The Adelaide Festival under the direction of Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy last year set a high benchmark for festival experiences, and they have exceed expectations again."

The Australian

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Adelaide Writers' Week

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. 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, and the popular free Kids’ Weekend, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures.

Over the 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.

Listen to the conversations as they happened with these podcasts:
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014

Save the date for Adelaide Writers' Week 2019:
2 – 7 Mar

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

Sydney Morning Herald

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