Adelaide: A Cultural Capital of Festivals

Adelaide is a vibrant international cultural capital, renowned for its many colourful festivals and lively atmosphere. It is also known as the City of Festivals, and it is anything but boring. Throughout the year, Adelaide hosts 11 major arts and cultural festivals, each offering an opportunity to explore the city's unique culture. Adelaide festivals are open to all and promote accessibility in many ways.

The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) program includes bilingual tours, while the Adelaide Fringe produces a specific accessibility guide. The Adelaide Festival Centre venues offer loans for wheelchairs and hearing assistance devices, and tickets for passenger card holders are available. In addition, designated delivery points and accessible seats are now common practice. Many programs are also available in text, audio and braille versions.

Adelaide festivals not only entertain but also educate the next generation of art lovers. DreamBig is specifically designed for younger audiences, while WomaDelaide offers free admission for children under 12 and an area dedicated to KidZone with its own program of activities. Writers' Week has a day dedicated to children, and many other festivals produce programs for the whole family. The Feast Festival is the queer LGBTIQ+ cultural and artistic festival in Adelaide that takes place during “Pridevember”, a month-long celebration of diversity and inclusion. The Adelaide Festival is an event of truly epic proportions that thrills today's audiences and stimulates future generations.

It commissions and defends Australia's most innovative new works, as well as presenting some of the best companies and artists in the world. WomaDelaide transforms the lush Botanical Park into an independent republic that celebrates contemporary and traditional music, arts and dance. This lively outdoor festival also includes workshops and talks, street theater, cooking demonstrations and a strong focus on sustainability. Adelaide has a busy calendar all year round, but it really comes alive during the hot and dry months of February and March when it hosts a trio of internationally renowned festivals. Its compact size ensures that the spirit of these events will energize urban life in ways that the megacities of Sydney and Melbourne can only dream of.

After Edinburgh, the Adelaide Fringe (February 17 to March 19) is the second largest annual art festival in the world, with more than 4,000 live performances from cabaret, comedy, dance, film, theater, visual arts and design in venues ranging from traditional theaters to pop-up rooms in basements. The Garden of Unearthly Delights covers an entire block of Rymill Park with its circus tents and fairground attractions, while the Royal Croquet Club in Victoria Square is practically a festival in itself. Made in Adelaide brings a sample of the arts, culture and products from Adelaide to Edinburgh during August. The highlights of five days in Adelaide start at £789 per person (saving £50 per couple). This includes four nights in Adelaide and international round trip flights. Do you want to experience Adelaide's cultural season for yourself? Enter our competition for a chance to win a trip to South Australia and tickets to its best festivals! The Adelaide Festival Centre and River Torrens are often at the heart of the event, while Elder Park has hosted opening ceremonies since the 21st century.

From the popular opening night concert of the Adelaide Festival to the spectacular moonlight parade in OZAsia, free or affordable events are an important part of all Adelaide festivals. However, this change has been a resounding success and people in Adelaide can't wait for the festival to arrive every year! For three weeks in June, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival keeps winter at bay with an eclectic program of vaudeville circus runners, charming singers and renowned storytellers from across Australia and the world. The four-day global music event WomaDelaide is part of this festival as well as Writers' Week which offers free or discounted tickets to people with low incomes. The Adelaide Festival began with Sir Lloyd Dumas' efforts in the late 1950s to establish a major art festival that would bring world-class cultural exhibitions to South Australia.

The opening was held from 12 to 26 March 1960 under Bishop's leadership with Ian Hunter's help - artistic director of Edinburgh Festival. Adelaide is truly a cultural capital, offering visitors from around the world an opportunity to experience its unique atmosphere through its many festivals. From SALA's bilingual tours to DreamBig's programs for younger audiences; from WomaDelaide's KidZone activities to Writers' Week's day dedicated to children; from Made in Adelaide's exhibitions to OZAsia's moonlight parade; from Elder Park's opening ceremonies to Royal Croquet Club's fairground attractions - there is something for everyone! Whether you're looking for entertainment or education; whether you're looking for free or affordable events; whether you're looking for traditional or contemporary performances - you'll find it all at one of Adelaide's many festivals. So why not take advantage of this amazing opportunity? Enter our competition now for your chance to win a trip to South Australia and tickets to its best festivals!.