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The 1970 Adelaide Festival was held from Friday, March 6 to Saturday, March 28, led by Artistic Director Sir Robert Helpmann.

Known as “Bobby’s Festival”, it produced some incredible highlights including a performance by Benjamin Britten conducting the then South Australian Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Ballet choreographed by Helpmann himself and featuring Rudolf Nureyev.

Other highlights included Royal Shakespeare’s productions Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night featuring Donald Sinden and Judi Dench, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bartók String Quartet from Hungary, the English Opera Group, Benjamin Britten, Larry Adler and Rolf Harris.