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More than any other Australian festival of its kind, it offers a place for cultural and intellectual nourishment, a sense of gathering and of community

The Australian

For more than 60 years, 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. 

Adelaide Festival commissions and champions Australia’s most innovative new work along with presenting some of the world’s great companies and artists including Lloyd Newson, Lyon Opera Ballet, Scottish Opera, Romeo Castellucci, Johan Inger, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hofesh Shechter, Meryl Tankard, Milo Rau, Grace Jones, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, 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.

Adelaide Festival also includes Australia's largest free literary festival - Adelaide Writers' Week. Read about Adelaide Writers' Week here >>

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28 Feb - 16 Mar 2025  |  27 Feb - 15 Mar 2026


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Download our Strategic Plan 2020-2024
Read our Annual Report 2022-23: Download (pdf)
Read more about the 2023 Festival: Download (pdf)

Curious about past Festivals? Visit our archive
The Adelaide Festival Corporation Act 1998 is available here

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Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week acknowledge the rights of individuals to hold different and divergent views. Views held by our writers are not necessarily the views of the organisation. We respect freedom of speech and the respectful exchange of ideas. We will not tolerate any behaviour that is insulting, against the law, or racist in any form, and we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding racism towards our staff, artists, audiences, and the communities we serve. We will not permit commentary during our festival that is insulting or racist.