There’s a good reason South Australia is known as the Festival State. Most of the credit for the name can go to the city of Adelaide, which puts its festive spirit on display numerous times every year to celebrate food, drink, music, art, life, and good times in general.
Depending on the time of year there’s a festival to suit every personality, with WOMADelaide and its focus on art, music, dancing, and bringing cultures together in harmony, to the wild creative streak of the Adelaide Fringe festival.
Adelaide maintains a steady stream of festivals throughout the year, so if you’re visiting the city and want to know what’s on, Adelaide probably has a festival or two for you to enjoy and soak up some culture.
Here’s a couple of beauties…
Adelaide Fringe Festival – 16 February – 18 March 2018
During February and March, more than 5 000 artists from all over the world converge on Adelaide for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and a chance to show off their latest creative works. It’s the world’s second largest festival and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s a good thing you have 31 days to take in the sights, as there are more than 1,100 events to get through! Events can pop up anywhere; alleyways, parks, warehouses, disused buildings, theatres, pubs, and bars are all fair game for a performance or display.
The full gamut of performance arts can be experienced at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which boasts a wild mix of cabaret, circus, acrobatics, film, theatre, puppetry, visual art, to magic performances and interactive displays.
Adelaide Festival – 2-18 March 2018
The Adelaide Festival is a world-renowned multi-arts festival which has been attracting an audience from all over the globe for the last 55 years.
The festival is well-known for its variety and you can take in anything from theatre to world-class musicians, extraordinary dance performances, eye-opening visual arts and family friendly events.
As it’s held in March, the weather is always warm and welcoming, with a promise of clear blue skies during the day, and a glorious vista of twinkling stars at night.
WOMADelaide - 9 – 12 March 2018
WOMADelaide is an open-air affair set in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Garden. Festival-goers will enjoy their fill of the world’s best performing artists in music, arts, and dance.
The WOMADelaide first kicked off in 1992 and has been gaining in popularity and world renown ever since. It exists to build a global understanding through the medium of music and dance.
The 2018 WOMADelaide is already starting to explode with talent, with names like Adrian Sherwood; iconic master of dub, The Avalanches; pioneers of the psychedelic, and Bixiga 70; champions of Afrobeat all adding their unique style to the party atmosphere. It’s certainly set to be an eye-opening event.
Adelaide Guitar Festival 9 -12 August 2018
Even guitar lovers get to tune up their festive spirits at the four-day biennial Adelaide Guitar Festival. Credit for the festival goes to world-famous guitarist Slava Grigoryan, who curates the festival every year.
There is no bias towards any genre as all guitar traditions are welcome including rock, jazz, classical, experimental, and blues. There are workshops to learn from, exhibits, talks, and even a classical guitar competition.
The August 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival has a new feature next year with the Guitars in Bars promising to deliver great music in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and bars across South Australia.
Events are both free and ticketed so there is always something for everyone to enjoy and develop a new appreciation for the world’s most popular instrument.
Jetstar flights depart from Avalon Airport on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. From 24 March an additional flight will be added on Mondays. With a simple drive up the highway and parking right out the front, or comfortable SkyBus transfers from Geelong and surrounds or Melbourne, getting here is easy. All you have to do is relax and enjoy all that the Adelaide festivals have to offer.