Hot Winter in Adelaide
This winter, things get a little bit steamier, a touch more sultry and a fraction hotter in Adelaide, courtesy of a scorching line up of arts events and festivals. From Waterhouse to Food and Wine; Moldau to Menpes; Exhibiting Dorrit Black to Diggers and Body Art to Bradman. The hardest choice will be what you decide to pass up on seeing!
South Australian Living Artists Festival
Since its inception in 1998 the annual South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian Living Artists. SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia from 1 to 24 August 2014.
The SALA Festival is a truly unique state wide celebration of the visual arts and it is absolutely free.
Philip Glass Trilogy
The State Opera of South Australia (SOSA) will once again make history when it presents the world premiere of the State’s biggest single arts event this year, the thrilling Philip Glass Trilogy. The Trilogy will be held at the beautifully refurbished Her Majesty’s Theatre over 5 to 23 August.
Considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th Century, Glass wrote these three fascinating biographical operas (Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha) with a common theme; men who changed the world through the power of ideas.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents: Our Don
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the world premiere of Our Don, a new multimedia musical portrait for orchestra with narration. Composed by Natalie Williams with narration by actor Gary Sweet, interwoven with stunning archival video, and words by Bradman biographer, Peter Allen, this specially commissioned score celebrates Sir Donald Bradman’s life as a national hero and Australian icon. One very special show only, 14 August 2014.
ASO Masters Series 6 and 7
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Masters Series continues to heat up throughout August. Australian violinist Richard Tognetti joins the ASO in Masters 6 on 1 and 2 August, while Masters 7 features Smetana and Strauss' evocative tones in The Moldau on 29 and 30 August.
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards
Adelaide will play host to the 2014 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards finals over 10 days from 19 to 28 August. Through three rounds 12 finalists will be reduced to just three from which the winner will be chosen and go on to perform in concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Don't miss this opportunity to see these stars of tomorrow before they embark on their future careers.
Diego El Cigala
Diego El Cigala is, quite simply, the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. Passionate, profound, and immensely proud of his Spanish gypsy heritage, El Cigala has been called “the Sinatra of flamenco.”
Diego's first ever Australian tour comes to Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on 27 August 2014 for one show only.
Food and Wine
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
From 15 to 17 August 2014 you are invited to come and celebrate the much anticipated Barossa... Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend in one of the world's great gastronomic playgrounds, the Barossa, located just over an hour’s drive north of Adelaide.
With over 35 events, this three day festival is a true feast for your food, wine and music senses. Family fun days, evening events, long lunches, cooking classes and wine master-classes highlight a program overflowing with food and wine experiences. Immerse yourself in the flavours of the 2014 Barossa... Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend.
Dinner in the Dark
South Australia's inaugural Dinner in the Dark will be a culinary experience like no other. Held on 15 August 2014, close your eyes, open your mind and let your tastebuds take you on a journey through a gastronomic wonderland - all in the dark. Enjoy a five course degustation menu including a mystery course. Matching wines from premium Adelaide Hills wineries.
Winter Food and Wine Festival
Come and experience the incredible diversity of South Australia's wine and produce offering at the Winter Food and Wine Festival at the National Wine Centre on 24 August 2014. You’ll have the opportunity to taste more than 30 different wines, ciders and beers from McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Barossa. You can join an exclusive wine tasting Masterclass with a regional winemaker and visit the 'Market Home Base' where you'll find a range of Farmers Markets providores showcasing their fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Collision Course and Proximity
Collision Course is a project conceived, choreographed and co-directed by Garry Stewart and produced and co-directed by Carmelo Musca. It involves a series of bodies colliding in mid-air captured in extreme slow motion at 1500 frames per second.
Australian Dance Theatre’s Proximity premiered in 2012 at the Adelaide Festival. Garry Stewart and Paris-based video engineer Thomas Pachoud worked in collaboration to create a dialogue for dance and real-time video manipulation. From this work, a video installation will allow members of the public to engage and interact with the video effects that are used in Proximity.
Both moving image exhibitions are on display at Artspace until 24 August 2014.
State Theatre Company of South Australia: The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity, has been delighting audiences for over 100 years.
Grand dame of the Australian theatre Nancye Hayes (Metro Street) returns to the State Theatre Company to bring the formidable and acidic Lady Bracknell to life, alongside the elastic and hilarious Nathan O’Keefe (The Comedy of Errors, Hedda Gabler) as Algernon. Season runs from 25 July to 16 August 2014.
The number one party musical Grease is returning to Adelaide in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile! Packed with explosive energy and with an all-star cast, Grease returns in a live production that's truly electrifyin', for a limited season at The Festival Theatre 3 to 24 August 2014.
Art, Galleries and Museums
Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition
Come down to the State Library on the weekend of 16 and 17 August as the forecourt is transformed into a real-life World War One base camp as part of the Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition
You can try your own soldier’s ration-pack lunch, hear trench stories and see a life size mannequin horse and rider and learn how they were dressed in preparation for battle. There will also be guided walks and lectures for Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition, a poignant photographic exhibition showcasing soldiers in the French town of Vignacourt which features at the State Library of South Australia from 5 August to 19 October.
Art Gallery of South Australia exhibitions: Dorrit Black and Mortimer Menpes
Adelaide born Dorrit Black (1891-1951) is one of Australia’s most important modern artists and was at the forefront of bringing modern art to Australia from Europe in 1929. The exhibition Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces is the largest retrospective ever staged of the artist’s work and is the first exhibition in nearly forty years to reassess Dorrit Black’s contribution to the story of Australian art.
The World of Mortimer Menpes: Painter, Etcher, Raconteur
The World of Mortimer Menpes exhibition pays tribute to the artistic works of Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938). The exhibition is the first museum retrospective of Menpes’ work and sheds new light on his artistic practice. It includes his paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics – and is supported by archival photographs and material. Both exhibitions run throughout August until 7 September 2014 and admission is free.
Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition
Science is inspiring in an infinite number of ways. The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is an opportunity for artists to share how the natural world inspires them. The Waterhouse encourages artists to make a statement about the scientific issues facing our planet. The exhibition at the South Australian Museum from 26 July to 7 September has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the exhibition over the years.
The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo
From 15 to 17 August The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo will feature Australian and international artists showcasing their skills with live tattooing for both pre-booked appointments and walk-ups. The Expo will also roll out a jam-packed program of entertainment including a pin-up pageant, a Girls of Ink modelling competition, burlesque performances and airbrushing demonstrations.
Mooi- Indie- Beautiful Indies exhibition
Mooi Indie - Beautiful Indies celebrates the culturally aware and socially engaged art that is the product of an energetic art scene that thrives in the cities of Australia's nearest neighbour – Indonesia. Developed in collaboration with European-based curator Matthias Arndt, Mooi Indie - Beautiful Indies features work by numerous Indonesian artists and runs from 1 August to 3 October at the Samstag Museum of Art.
While you are here
If these arts events and festivals still leave you with a little extra time in your schedule, here are a few other things we’d suggest you check out while you’re in town.
Adelaide's Eat Streets or small bars
As Adelaide is surrounded by world-renowned wine regions and with such an abundance of fresh produce available all year around, you simply must dine out on one of Adelaide's Eat Streets or get cosy in one of our funky small bars.
Take a day trip
Australia's most famous food and wine region - Barossa, is just an easy hour's drive away, or pass through the Heysen tunnels and enter the winter wonderland of the Adelaide Hills. Only 50 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, the delightful town of Strathalbyn hosts its annual Strathalbyn Antiques Fair on 16 and 17 August.
Pump up the Jam
Adelaide's iconic JamFactory Contemporary Art and Design is home to an eclectic mix of emerging Australian designers/craftsmen. Take a guided tour for a behind the scenes look at their studios, galleries and shops. You could even participate in a Glass Blowing Workshop and take home your own masterpiece. Bookings required for all experiences.
AFL at the Oval
Every weekend right throughout winter there is a scheduled AFL game at Australia’s hottest new football ground, Adelaide Oval. Sitting on the riverbank in the heart of Adelaide, the oval is certainly something to behold! Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s one of those experiences you’ll never forget as the 50,000+ seat stadium cheers and screams its lungs out for two hours.
Hit the ground running
The Adelaide Running Festival will be held on Sunday 24 August 2014 and offers participants a choice of marathon (run), half marathon (run or walk) and 10 kilometre (run or walk). Race Ambassador Steve Monagetti OAM will be running.
To keep the pace moving the Adelaide Triathlon Club are opening the final race of their Duathlon Winter Series to the public. Held at the picturesque Victoria Park racecourse on 31 August, you can choose from a Jog and Slog, or half Jog and Slog.
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Farewell Winter - Spring forward!
It's been a great winter in Adelaide. As the days lengthen and we pack away our winter woolies, don't miss the amazing OzAsia Festival which runs from 3 to 20 September and features the eyecatching Moon Lantern Festival on 8 September.