The 2004 Adelaide Festival was held from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 14, led by Artistic Director Stephen Page.
Following the tumultuous experience of the 2002 Adelaide Festival, the 2004 event was considered the healing festival.
Page began the festival with a beautiful Awakening Ceremony which captured a sense of ancient indigenous ritual. The event was just one part of a broad indigenous program - which included performances by David Gulpilil, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Windmill’s RiverlanD and Body Dreaming - a hallmark of the 2004 event and Page’s special tribute to his own background.
Festival highlights included opera superstar Bryn Terfel, the acclaimed Prague Chamber Orchestra, the large-scale theatrical event The Overcoat, Madrid theatre company La Carnicera Teatro with I Bought a Spade at Ikea to Dig My Own Grave, Forced Entertainment, Circus Oz returning to the city after a five-year absence and the huge custom-built performance venue and late night club under the stars, Universal Playground, at Torrens Parade Ground.