When a city is known as ‘the Festival City’, you know it has to have a lot to offer! In Australia, that city is Adelaide, or as the locals like to call it: ‘Radelaide’! It’s such a popular destination for festival-goers that in 2016, it achieved record attendance for three of its events: Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Festival.
When researching where you’d like to live, study or holiday, be sure to put South Australia’s capital on your list, and here are some excellent reasons why.
March in Adelaide is either a dream come true or a FOMO nightmare! For those who love to get out and about and explore all things cultural, there is almost too much on in March which is why the third month is often referred to as ‘March Madness’ or ‘Mad March’.
- Adelaide Fringe (Feb/Mar) – Internationally renowned as one of the best open-access arts festivals anywhere in the world, Adelaide Fringe invites anyone to perform! It runs for an entire month and features over 5,000 artists, 11,000 events and countless venues. You might go along to a comedy gig in a warehouse one night, a laneway salsa party on a Saturday and ballet in an abandoned building on a Sunday morning. You might choose puppetry, a magic act and international cabaret. Or, you might prefer physical theatre, a pub band, an exhibition in an art gallery or a poet doing a reading in a café. Whatever you do, check the calendar well in advance as many events sell out fast.
- Adelaide Festival (Mar) – A multi-arts festival, it features classical and contemporary music, opera, dance, literature, visual art, theatre and new media. Most events are held in the North Terrace cultural precinct but some may be held in the parklands or elsewhere in the city. You may see experimental theatre and serious opera, hear exquisite chamber music or the choral strains of a 600-year-old monastery choir. Some of the world’s great names perform there including famous ballerinas, mezzo sopranos, tenors and violinists.
- WOMADelaide (Mar) – This Adelaide-specific spin-off of the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) international arts festival founded by rock musician Peter Gabriel runs for four days over the march long weekend. Considered the most culturally diverse festival in Australia, WOMADelaide showcases some of the world’s best musicians, DJs, visual artists and dancers from both traditional and contemporary stables. You won’t go hungry because there are scores of food stalls as well as charity and retail stalls. Set in Botanic Park, it’s all outdoors and offers something for everyone, of all ages and tastes.