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Mar. 14, 2016
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One of Australia’s leading international arts festivals, Adelaide Festival opens (Feb. 26 – Mar. 14, 2016)
The Adelaide Festival is an international arts festival originally held biennially, but from 2012 it has become an annual festival. The artistic director is the founder of London’s alternative music festival Meltdown, David Sefton. Next year, plans call for Sefton to be joined by the former co-directors of Sydney’s Belvoir St. Theatre, Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy.
Among the works on this year’s program is Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch comes to Adelaide for the first time in 35 years with the production Nelken (Carnations), along with the National Theatre of Scotland’s The James Plays Trilogy that premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and has since seen repeat performance at the London National Theatre and other venues, and France’s Groupe F presenting À Fleur de Peau, a large-scale outdoor spectacle bringing together digital video, electronic music and pyrotechnic displays.
Also on the theater program are Romeo Castellucci’s Go Down, Moses, Canadian contemporary dance company The Holy Body Tattoo’s monumental, a work titled Golem by the company 1929 formed by a British installation and performance group, and more.
Representing Australia’s artists are Phillip Kavanagh with his work Deluge, the Slingsby Company’s The Young King and a collaborative production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre titled The Events.
On the music program are America’s doom metal band SUNN 0))) and France’s legendary progressive rock band MAGMA among others.
Held concurrently with the festival is the Kids Weekend program, the Adelaide Writer’s Week program and the Adelaide Biennale of Australia Art.

Festival Outline
Believing in the potential for an arts festival in Adelaide through his involvement in the South Australia national theatre movement, journalist Sir Lloyd Dumas and Adelaide University music professor John Bishop enlisted the support of influential citizens to launch the festival in 1960 with a program of 105 performances (74 for adults and 31 for children) over the course of half a month. Held biennially on even numbered years, the Adelaide Festival and its concurrent Adelaide Fringe Festival have grown become one of Australia’s leading arts festival events along with those in Sydney and Melbourne. Invited participants from Japan include Daisan Erotica with A Man Named Macbeth in 1994 and Yukichi Matsumoto with Mizumachi in 2000.
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