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Why is Adelaide named one of the world's most liveable cities? South Australian culture is a big part of the answer. The local calendar features many of Australia's largest and most exciting festivals, celebrating and supporting local and international visual and performing arts, cinema, music, dance and food. Don't miss out on the fun - add these festivals, listed in date order, to your diary.
Australia Day in the City – 26 January 2017 – free event
Celebrate our national day in Elder Park with over 40,000 people at twilight with a street parade, concert and fireworks. David Campbell will entertain the crowd with music alongside Christine Anu and Mahalia Barnes.
Crush – 27 – 29 January 2017 – free and ticketed events
Crush any excuses to sample the finer things with a drive to the Adelaide Hills for Crush, touching all the senses with music, dance, food and wine.
Adelaide Fringe – 27 February – 19 March 2017 – free and ticketed events
The southern hemisphere's biggest arts festival, open to all-comers, will host over 4,000 artists in hundreds of pop-up events throughout the city. Every type of performing art is covered, ranging from comedy, cabaret and circus, to music, magic and dance. Overwhelmed by the program packed with over 1,300 events? The website has an excellent search filters, with the 360 Allstars urban circus, the comedy gala with Peter Helliar and the Creedence Revival blues and rock & roll amongst the highlights.
Adelaide Festival – 3 – 19 March 2017 – free and ticketed events
For over 50 years during spring, the Adelaide Festival has presented local and international theatre, music, dance, writers and visual art. The Versus Rodin sculptures in the Art Gallery of SA are striking and the 21st century interpretation of Richard III in Her Majesty's Theatre makes the Dark Knight seem tame.
Womadelaide – 10-13 March 2017 – free event
During the Adelaide Cup long weekend, celebrate 25 years of Womadelaide in the Botanic Park with DJs, dancers and bands performing a mix of Indigenous and contemporary music on the main concert stage. Painters and performers create visual and dramatic art while orators discuss our relationship with the environment. Visit the pop-up stalls for charity information, gifts and sweet and savoury treats. Amongst the dozens of local and international performers and speakers, don't miss the Waifs, Parov Stelar from Austria, Grammy nominee Bebel Gilberto from Brazil, and Mars veteran (in a 365-day simulation in Hawaii) astronaut Carmel Johnston.
Tasting Australia – 30 April – 7 May 2017 – free and ticketed events
Feast on cuisine created with local ingredients, based on the festival's motto – Paddock to Plate, championed by Aussie advocates of real food, Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant and Paul Henry. In 2017, Marco Pierre White, Michelin star chef and guest presenter on Masterchef, will join the Taste team during an Italian feast while Maggie Beer is celebrated at a tribute dinner near her farm shop in the Barossa.
Dreambig Children's Festival – 18 – 27 May 2017 – free and ticketed events
Showcasing our next generation of artistic talent, millions of children in SA have performed in Dreambig since its inception in 1974. Highlights in 2017 include The Listies 6D cinema-inspired interactive comedy, Mr Stink, the stage adaptation of the popular children's book, Tetris performing art and Jump First, Ask Later dance and parkour.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival – 9 – 24 June 2017 – free and ticketed events
Beginning on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, The world's largest cabaret festival adds sultry sound to a cool winter with music, theatre and comedy. Highlights in 2017 include Paul Kelly and Camille O'Sullivan premiering Ancient Rain and the energetic Family Gala with Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect.
Sala Festival - August 2017 – free and ticketed events
With a focus on the visual art created in our communities, the South Australian Living Artists Festival is the largest in Australia. Exhibitions will feature throughout SA in conventional galleries but also at parks, restaurants, retail shops, offices and wineries. All tastes will be satisfied, with photography, sculpture, painting and multimedia installations tackling our thorniest contemporary issues.
OzAsia Festival – 26 September – 8 October 2017 – free and ticketed events
Influenced by contemporary art throughout Asia, this festival features dozens of Aussie theatre and live performance premieres. After the mid-autumn Moon Lantern Festival, encouraging unity and celebrating prosperity, musicians begin performing in Elder Park for 10 nights.
Adelaide Film Festival - October 2017 – free and ticketed events
Perhaps tapping into the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One, the buzzword for this year's festival is ROGUE, as the organisers choose the unconventional, aiming to remain one of Variety magazine's "50 Unmissable Film Festivals". In previous years, the AFF has featured Aussie hits including Ten Canoes and The Tracker.
Which Adelaide festival are you most looking forward to in 2017? Please let us know with a comment.