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Across 17 days from 1 March to 17 March, the 2019 Adelaide Festival featured 70 unique events in theatre, contemporary and classical music, opera, dance, film, forums and visual arts – including the return of uniquely local programs Adelaide Writers’ Week, WOMADelaide and Chamber Landscapes at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Among the 17 Australian premieres in the program are an astonishing 10 world premieres. 23 shows will play exclusively in the Adelaide Festival (with ten of these artists and companies making their Australian debut) and eight works especially commissioned by the Festival.

On opening day the 2019 Adelaide Festival was already the highest box office result in the Festival’s 59 year history, breaking the 2018 record as the biggest box office taking. The Festival’s record breaking results and some of the fastest moving shows ever, are indicative of the ecstatic audience reception to the third program from Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy whose tenure at the Festival has been extended to 2023, a record seven Festival stint.

Facts and Figures:

The program features a spectacular line-up of dance, theatre, visual arts, music, writers, installations and exhibitions:

  • 17 days, 70 events and events across music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week and WOMADelaide events
  • The line-up includes 10 world premieres, 17 Australian premieres and 23 events exclusive to Adelaide
  • On the Palais - 14 music events, 10 Festival Forum events, 15 Breakfast with Paper Events
  • There will be a total of 485 performances (includes 84 writers week sessions + kids day + YA day + WOMADelaide) given by 1270 artists from 56 countries

Sold out shows:

  • Barrie Kosky’s extraordinary production of The Magic Flute for Komische Oper Berlin.
  • The world premiere of Meryl Tankard’s re-worked Two Feet starring world-renowned Russian prima ballerina Natalia Osipova.
  • Un Poyo Rojo the hilarious double act from Argentina making their Australian Premiere.
  • La Reprise. Histoire(s) du théâtre from Belgium – the first work by Europe’s hottest director Milo Rau to be seen in Australia.
  • The world premiere of 13 Ways To Look At Birds by Paul Kelly, James Ledger and the Seraphim Trio.
  • The Sretensky Monastery Choir in their Australian debut.
  • Bagryana Popov’s unique staging of Uncle Vanya at Hans Heysen’s house “The Cedars”.
  • Seven of the eleven concerts in the Chamber Landscapes mini-festival at UKARIA 
  • The Others, Sarah Blasko, They Might Be Giants
  • Opening Address: Ben Okri (Adelaide Writers’ Week)
  • All three Long Lunch events:
    • Annabel Crabb and Special Guest Julie Bishop
    • Duncan Welgemoed and the Isango Ensemble from A Man of Good Hope
    • Maggie Beer and Special Guest Robyn Archer.



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