The annual Adelaide Festival is one of the world's celebrated arts events, charming and thrilling audiences. From Friday 28 February to Sunday 16 March 2014, there will be an exceptional combination of events and activities available, making the program kaleidoscopic in its diversity.
Theatre buffs will be indulged with numerous internationally renowned productions, music lovers will relish the diverse selection of top-notch musicians showing off their talents, dance fiends will be delighted by the breathtaking performances, book worms will be in heaven during Writers' Week, and art fans will enjoy the various stunning displays.
Among the amazing things on offer, include the Festival's fantastic free program. Whether you're on a budget or simply looking for something to do, take advantage of the freebies on offer. Read on for my top picks of these freebies.
Be engaged, enthralled and inspired with the stories on offer, check out the amazing puppets, stunning paintings and the cool Nylon Zoo on the menu for this year's program at Adelaide Writers' Week - Kids' Days. This is a fabulous event for the little ones so save the date and don't miss out.
Meet and greet Asphyxia, Slapstick Theatre's Punch and Judy and a bunch of other storytellers at the Story Tent; pop by the Nest Studio and enjoy your time with The Press Club, Little Artists or Illustrating a Book; and have heaps of fun with giant puzzles and games under the trees.
2014's Kids' Days is on for two big days on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March from 9am to 3pm at Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden.
Book worms listen up. The Adelaide Writers' Week from Saturday 1 to Thursday 5 March will gather some of the best writers and thinkers at Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden. Writers from all corners of the world will be featured over six big days to celebrate emerging writers as well as give recognition to contemporary literature's most well-known voices.
Expect highly praised and at times controversial thinkers to share their thoughts about various issues encompassing religion, poverty and war. With fiction and poetry as part of the core program, attendees will be taken on an extraordinary journey through readings and conversation.
Party with the people at 2014 Adelaide Festival's Opening Night Party on Friday 28 February from 8pm at Elder Park with a night of fantastic entertainment for adults and kids alike.
Get ready for a heart-warming performance by soul singer Charles Bradley and savour and relish the gorgeous and timeless R&B tunes on stage. Kid Creole and the Coconuts will get the party started with their music encompassing a mixture of styles and influences including American and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, among others. Successful in fascinating and delighting audiences around the globe for 30 years plus, festival-goers will definitely love them this year.
The night culminates with an outstanding fireworks display lighting up the night sky set to dazzle the crowd to the maximum. Don't miss this extravaganza with your friends and family.
Put on your paleontology hat and bring your promising paleontologist buddies to the museum for Dig It @ The Museum. Be part of the captivating hands-on exploration and pick up a brush to unearth the mysterious Ediacaran fossils buried in the sand. Here, you'll uncover the evidence which proves that life began over 560 million years ago in South Australia.
What's more, don't forget to visit the engaging and intriguing display of the amazing finds at the re-opened Ediacaran Gallery, which will astonish all ages.
Available daily from 10am to 4pm between Saturday 1 and Sunday 23 March at the South Australian Museum, this is an experience not to be missed.
There is an array of visual arts on display for free at the Adelaide Festival 2014 with many works from international and national artists.
Worlds in Collision, curatored by Richard Grayson, showcases an assortment of artists, who through their imagination, convey their new ideas of the world and investigate the possibilities of what may lie beyond. Shown across four sites: SASA Gallery, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and Australian Experimental Art Foundation, please check their website for the dates and times.
Dark Heart, held at the Art Gallery of South Australia, explores contemporary issues in Australia personally, politically and psychologically. Curated by Nick Mitzevich, this exhibition provides a controversial yet mesmerising experience with its display of photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image. It's on show daily from Saturday 1 to Sunday 11 March from 10am to 5pm.
Curator Troy-Anthony Baylis presents Four Rooms at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. This is a multi-sensory exhibition featuring four works in four different rooms showcasing Australia's top Aboriginal artists. The exhibition runs daily from Tuesday 25 February to Sunday 6 April from 10am to 5pm.
Where:Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, Elder Park, outh Australian Museum, SASA Gallery, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Art Gallery of South Australia and Tandanya National Abo