The 1996 Adelaide Festival was held from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 17, led by Artistic Director Barrie Kosky.
Kosky presented a vision concerned with architecture, cities, suburbs, landscapes, utopias and mapping. He took each of these themes and illustrated how they interact with art, performance, literature, light, sound and ecstasy.
The festival’s poster was immortalised throughout Australia because of its iconic symbol of the flaming Hills Hoist.
Festival highlights included the famous late-night club Red Square, built from 120 shipping containers stacked seven stories high, the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, Maly Theatre of St Petersburg, the controversial theatre performance La Fura dels Baus from Barcelona, the Danish company Hotel Pro Forma, DV8 Physical Theatre, Latin jazz supremo Tito Puente and the outrageous Annie Sprinkle.