Adelaide Festival's 60th Anniversary is a formidable force to contend with. Ponder for a moment; the Festival has entertained audiences for 60 years and that may well include your parents and your grandparents all enjoying the same Festival over generations. This year marks the fourth Festival presented by Co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy who broke all previous box office records since they took over in 2017. A resounding success, they will continue to direct the Festival until 2023.
Be sure to come along and participate in a celebration of creative excellence for the duration of the event which runs from 28 Feb to 15 Mar 2020. View the whole program HERE. There's going to be some hard decisions to be made as you try and fit in as much as you can over the just over two weeks period. If you haven't managed to buy a program, you can also DOWNLOAD it off the website.
Within the program of events, Writers' Week runs from 29 Feb to 5 Mar 2020. All sessions at the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Kintore Ave, Adelaide are FREE. Explore the LINEUP HERE and the SCHEDULE HERE. Head to the discussion section of the event page to read snippets about the writers and their events. Writers from around the world come together for six days of over 100 FREE talks and events. You can expect weekend activities dedicated to kids and young adults, daily sessions featuring authors, poets, journalists, historians, scientists, politicians and academics and twilight talks every weeknight from 7pm.
The Opening Event on Thursday 27 Feb 2020 from 6.15pm with a duration of one hour is TICKETED. The Only Constant is held at The Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre (enter via the Space Theatre Foyer) and tickets range from $15 - $25. Join Chigozie Obioma, Sanam Maher and Tyson Yunkaporta, three of this year's most fascinating authors as they delve into their individual areas of interest and expertise and offer insight into different times, cultures and countries and the impact on each of the constant change of our fluid times.
The Festival's 60th Birthday Concert with Tim Minchin kicks off on Sat 29 Feb 2020 from 8-10.30pm at Elder Park, King William Rd, Adelaide. Tim Minchin performs to sell-out crowds, which means a lot of fans are disappointed. This time, as a gift to the city on the occasion of its 60th Anniversary, this event is absolutely FREE of charge!. Gather your family and your mates, pack a picnic and a rug or low beach chairs (without legs permitted) and stake your patch in the grass and enjoy hits from the King of Kohl's brilliantly acerbic songbook under the stars in the open air. If you're bringing the kids, no doubt you'll know when to cover their ears (listen to the music/lyrics here) if you choose to. Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest open-air-open-to-all-opening night gigs so be sure to get in early. Catering is available on site and this is a NO BYO alcohol event.
The Birthday Concert by far is not the only freebie event to be enjoyed. There are 106 FREE events to explore, so the difficulty is going to be, how to fit it all into two weeks! A Doll's House is bound to be magical for adults and kids alike. Visionary Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi will present his life-sized, three-storey Dolls's House, a commissioned special gift for the city in association with Australia's public art elder statesman John Kaldor. Discover your inner child at this FREE event that runs for the duration of the Festival at Rundle Mall. If it has piqued your interest, head to the City Library, Studio 1, Level 3 Rundle Place, Adelaide, for an In-Conversation Event on Sunday 1 Mar 2020 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm where Gill Minervini will discuss the work of artist Nishi with John Kaldor. Bound to be a popular FREE Event, you NEED TO REGISTER to secure your spot!
With three Australian Exclusives, fourteen Australian Premieres, two World Premiers and a whole lot more to choose from, keep your finger on the pulse via the Facebook page. Instagram is also an excellent medium for keeping your ears to the ground. Pick up tips on hot picks, sessions you shouldn't miss and highlights from the website and that's about as prepared as you can be for Australia's largest multi-arts Festival with a strong tradition of innovation and excellence. On top of the freebie events, the Festival aims to be for everyone. or you. If you have a current Healthcare Card, Pension Card or full time student card, you can access Pay What You Can tickets to a selection of Adelaide Festival shows, with tickets available one hour prior at the box office.
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