Anyone boarding flights for Adelaide from around late February to mid-March has another reason to smile. The multi-day art and music festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts is just round the corner. Get ready for a superb musical and artistic scene.

The festive city of Adelaide is well known for hosting numerous colourful events and festivals, which dot the nation’s calendar. One such festival that catches the fancy of art and culture buffs globally is the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Many tourists plan their trips to Adelaide when this festival is underway.

About

To be held from 27th February – 15th March, 2015, this late-summer international festival will showcase the very best of various forms of arts. During its course of over 2 weeks, the carnival promises to delight the audiences with an incredible amalgamation of exciting, challenging and entertaining performances by world renowned musicians. Adelaide’s sunny March days and glittery nights set the stage just right for this wonderful event, which is enjoyed by countless culture vultures.

Venues

The vibrant Adelaide Festival of Arts is based near the city centre, with most venues situated along the cultural avenue of North Terrace. Dozens of parklands and theatres also turn into popular centres where different performances are held. The Adelaide Festival Centre and River Torrens however form the nucleus of the event. Some other popular venues of the event located within the city of Adelaide are Adelaide Town Hall, Art Gallery of South Australia, Botanic Park, Dunstan Playhouse, Elder Hall, Elder Park and Flinders Street Baptist Church.

Highlights

In the year 2015, over 150 energetic performances will take place across 40 different venues. One of the most celebrated highlights of the festival will be Blinc, a glittering light show that displays an impressive collaboration of digital art of as many as 18 international artists. Various video and sound installations by Bill Viola will also be part of the festivities. Bill Viola is a popular American video artist and his performances will be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queen’s Theatre. Another high profile name associated with the Adelaide Festival of Arts is Danny Elfman, who will be performing music from the films of Tim Burton.

UK-based music composer Gavin Bryars is expected to make an electrifying appearance, both with his Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Marilyn Forever. Apart from wonderful art installations, a plethora of special events will mark the festival for the first time. A couple of these new events would be New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Tommy.

Adelaide Writer’s Week

Adelaide Writer’s Week is an integral part of Adelaide Festival with the event celebrating its 30th milestone this year. To be held from 28th February – 5th March, the festival is all set to host some of modern literature’s greatest writers and thinkers over a span of six glorious days. The venue would be the world renowned Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. Celebrated novelists, geographers, biographers, poets, memoirists, historians and journalists from all corners of the world will share a common platform during the event to talk about some of the world’s most inspiring stories. Some common topics of discussion during the festival include money, mysteries and troubled marriages.

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