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Blinc - Premieres in Adelaide at the Festival of Arts 2015


In many ways the Festival of Arts has been eclipsed by its love child, the Fringe Festival in Adelaide. With a two week head start before the Festival of Arts, the Fringe tempts us to tumescence with a heady host of performances.

If your appetite for arts (and your wallet) is not yet exhausted, the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2015 brings a world class line-up of theatre, dance, music, and visual arts performances. It's coupled with Adelaide Writers' Week, Australia's largest and oldest literary festival which is held in the leafy surrounds of the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens on King William Road.

The Fringe Festival brought us a plethora of performances that are free. While there aren't as many free events during the Adelaide Festival of Arts, there are some spectacular and worthy free things to do for family entertainment. Read on for the highlights.

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Blinc Will Transform Elder Park and the Festival Centre Environs


Opening Night Party
The Festival of Arts kicks off at 5pm on Friday February 27 at Elder Park with a Fork on the Road food truck feast to satisfy your physical cravings. A free fireworks display at 9pm will then herald the opening of a spectacular light and sound display - Blinc.

Blinc
Blinc is an international digital art exhibition that transforms the Torrens Riverbank and Festival Theatre precinct into a wonderworld of video, 3D-motion graphics, animation and mapped projections every night of the festival. It's a stunning attraction that will draw crowds to our next free attraction. (From 8.30 nightly)

Blinc Bar
As with the Fringe, there's absolutely no point going to one of the Festival of Arts performances if your friends and work colleagues don't know about it. The Blinc Bar is perfectly placed to pander for those with serious selfie fetishes. Alternatively it's a cosy co-working environment for social media commentators who need to illuminate their Twitterati with updates on which celebs are about.

If you're not dieting, pick up some tasty quick eats at the bar. Alternatively look beautiful and relaxed with a glass of bubbles, and contemplate what Elder Park will look like with a looming skyscraper office tower in the Festival Centre plaza. (Open Monday-Thursday from 7pm, Friday-Sunday from 6pm).

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The Old Queens Theatre in Adelaide Has Free Things to Do


Bill Viola
Bill Viola is a world renowned video and sound installation artist. A free exhibition showcasing his works will be screened at three venues in Adelaide simultaneously: the Art Gallery of South Australia, St Peter's Cathedral and the Queen's Theatre are all transformed into magnificent screening houses.

Soundpond.net Late Sessions
As anyone under 30 will know, Soundpond.net is a music studio broadcasting underground electronic music in Adelaide's East End. During the Festival of Arts they have hijacked the Piano Bar for some far more exciting late night post-show tunes. Featuring local DJ's and special guest artists including masters of mash-ups and vinyl-spinning icons, Soundpond.net will keep the younger crew out of their usual Hindley Street haunts. (From around 9pm until late, every Friday and Saturday night during the festival, plus Sunday March 8 and Thursday March 12).

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Adelaide Writers' Week at Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens


Adelaide Writers' Week
Writers being creatures of habit, they will once again flock to the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens like a pride of preening pelicans. All Adelaide Writers' Week events are free and you can download a copy of the program here. (From Sat February 28 – Thursday March 5, 9am–3pm).

The Black Rose
Adelaide based photographer Trent Parke features in this new exhibition titled The Black Rose at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The Black Rose is the culmination of seven year's work and a meditation on life journeys, reflecting on the way in which the past infiltrates the present and in turn can influence the future. "His images offer an emotional and psychological portrait of Australia that is poetic, dramatic and often darkly humorous". This is one of the free events that I won't miss! (From Monday March 9 – Sunday May 10, 10am–5pm daily).

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See 'The Black Rose' at The Art Gallery of South Australia


Other Budget Friendly Ideas
The Adelaide Festival of Arts offers several discounts to encourage the community to participate - especially younger people. If you have a Seniors Card it won't help, but people under 30, full time students, pensioners and the unemployed are all among those entitled to discounted tickets. See this page for more information.

More about the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2015
As always you can visit the Festival website for more details of individual events, or to download a copy of the program. See the Facebook page for updates, or download an app if you want information at your fingertips.
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Why? Find free things to do and family entertainment in this world class festival.
Where: Adelaide, SA
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So many choices - I never know how to cope at this time of year
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