A new festival is to be launched in Adelaide exploring the power of words and language. When you think about it, words are an extremely powerful communication tool, as well as a way to express our emotions.
Word Adelaide is designed to entertain and inspire and will be held from 15-18 August 2013 at a range of city venues. This festival will encourage, debate, generate thought, and provoke conversation while being entertaining at the same time.
Matt Lucas from Little Britain. Photo: Word Adelaide
The festival will be headlined by English comedian, screenwriter, singer and actor Matt Lucas, who is best known for his role in the television series Little Britain.
Matt Lucas will share the Adelaide Entertainment Centre stage with comedian Kitty Flanagan, Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex and bassist Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Icehouse). Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex has had a long-standing love affair with language. He speaks several languages, French, Russian, Polish, Czech, German and Latin. You may have heard him taking calls on ABC Radio which he's done for over 15 years.
There's also a yarn spinning event with Kitty Flanagan, a free soapbox with comedian Joel Ozborn, a writing competition, public readings, Indigenous story-telling and events in partnership with the SALA Festival and the State Library of South Australia that also feature in the Word Adelaide program.
Words Without Music will feature Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Guy Pratt discussing the lyrics to their world-famous songs. I've seen one of Guy Pratt's shows in the past, he's extremely entertaining with a great sense of humour.
Emerging and established MCs are invited to enter the festival's Freestyle MC Competition, which includes suburban heats and a city final. The $10,000 first prize puts it among the largest open rap competition around the globe.
Word Adelaide program highlights:
Thursday 15 August Yarn Spinning with Kitty Flanagan at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 7.30pm. Join Australian comedian Kitty Flanagan at one of Adelaide's best-loved pubs of what promises to be a night of wit, wisdom and surprises. Kitty Flanagan will be your host as 10 finalists battle it out for a $500 first prize. Register as a yarn spinner or simply grab a ticket and expect the unexpected, as the audience takes part in the judging.
Friday 16 August In Their Own Words at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm. This will be a night to remember as Matt Lucas, Kitty Flanagan Roly Sussex take to the stage to talk language, their lives and why words matter. The night will be hosted by Guy Pratt.
Freestyle MC Competition FINAL at the Thebarton Theatre, 7.30pm. Emerging and established MCs from around the nation will perform in Adelaide, all with their eye on the $10,000 winner-takes-all prize.
Joel Ozborn hosts the free soapbox in the Rundle Mall. Photo: Word Adelaide
Soapbox with Joel Ozborn in the Rundle Mall precinct is FREE. Got something to say? Get it off your chest on the Word Adelaide soapbox, to be hosted by award-winning comedian Joel Ozborn. This event also offers prizes and will be judged by the audience. Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August 2013 at 12:30pm.
Words Without Music on Sunday 18 August at Her Majesty's Theatre at 7.30pm. Some of the most powerful words are those chosen as lyrics. This brings together leading international songwriters to chat about how and why they selected the words to the music you know and love. Join Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Icehouse) as they reveal how their lyrics work and the stories that inspired them. They might even play a tune, so expect the unexpected. There may even be some lyrics you might not realise they wrote. I've already bought my ticket, this will be incredibly interesting and inspiring.