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Adelaide Festival by Tony Lewis

Your 2017 Adelaide Festival Pocket Guide

From 3-19 March 2017, Adelaide Festival celebrates creative culture in all its shapes, sizes and voices with a feast for all five senses.

For over 55 years, the Adelaide Festival has breathed life into long summer days and illuminated starry nights with elaborate venues, internationally acclaimed theatre productions, world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces and striking visual arts displays.

With a smorgasbord of new events, venues and shows on-offer, here’s our guide to this year’s Adelaide Festival, guaranteed to ignite your creative fire.

The Riverbank Palais
In an ode to Adelaide’s original 1920s floating Palais, a stunning, newly-designed Riverbank Palais will light up the Torrens this Adelaide Festival.  

Strap your dancing shoes on tight and get down to awesome international bands and DJs, sit back and soak-up the atmosphere in the mezzanine bar, get the scoop each morning with The Advertiser's Breakfast with Papers, or take your after-work drinks to the water while listening to some of the world’s most compelling writers and artists.

Adelaide Festival Riverbank by Shane Reid

Adelaide Festival on the River Torrens by Shane Reid

The Riverbank Palais has reeled-in some incredible acts this year including genre-bending, electro chameleon, Toro Y Moi, stripped back, acoustic Kurt Vile and Latin, 80s rock-hybrid, Mexrrissey.

Raucous and rollicking Hot 8 Brass Band will keep the party kicking late into the night while five-time ARIA winners, The Bamboos, deliver a hefty dose of soul. REMI keep the soul sounds coming, with a unique hip hop flow while nine-piece orchestra, La Mambanegra, spice things up with an electrifying salsa sound.

Take your morning ritual riverside with The Advertiser Breakfast with Papers. The Riverbank Palais will be open most mornings during Adelaide Festival with copies of The Advertiser aplenty, light breakfast and coffee served by CIBO Espresso and discussion from prominent journalists, Festival artists and guests.

Adelaide’s most iconic chefs will be joining forces to serve you a legendary long lunch, floating on the Riverbank Palais. Each chef will create a menu around a theme that showcases SA produce while sharing their own personal story. For a full list of contributing chefs and session times, see the Adelaide Festival website.

If you’re going home after curtain-call, you’re doing Mad March all wrong. Grab a bite to eat, fill your glass and sashay your way to the Palais for some seriously good late night DJs.

From international headline DJs Nickodemus and Total Eclipse to Adelaide legend Late Nite Tuff Guy, there’s no better place to end your night, or start your morning.

THE Parc Palais
Keeping the party atmosphere pumping on land, Parc Palais offers festival-goers sumptuous food from Adelaide’s favourite chefs, some of Australia’s best wine and roving entertainment, overlooking the stunning Riverbank Palais in Elder Park.

Parc Palais House of Mirrors

The Parc Palais' House of Mirrors by Shane Reid

Delicious, affordable, theatrical and totally South Australian, enjoy a snack, drink or dinner and soak up the atmosphere. With beautiful food cooked by one of Adelaide’s favourite chefs – Brad Sappenbergh of Comida at Adelaide’s Central Market – Parc Palais will proudly show off our state’s best produce.

Roving performers will be strutting their stuff around the Parc Palais, while local bands and DJs will keep the beats pumping from the Elder Park rotunda.

Enter the Parc Palais’ House of Mirrors – an otherworldy labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors. Having intrigued and disoriented minds at Dark Mofo and Sydney Festival, Parc Palais revellers can stumble their way through a kaleidoscope of chambers, voids and doorways made up of over fifteen tonnes of mirrored glass.


The 2017 Adelaide Festival program will stun audiences with an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. Here are just some of our top picks. 

Adelaide Festival, Saul

Barry Kosky's Saul, Adelaide Festival

Intimate Space is an experiential work of dance theatre set in the Hilton Adelaide. Check in with your fellow guests and be immersed in a poignant and at times hilarious imaginative environment.

Join Miriam Margolyes and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Peter and the Wolf – a superb program of gorgeous tunes and orchestral thrills for the young and young at heart set to Prokofiev’s timeless Peter and the Wolf.

This blistering, unflinching study of evil from Thomas Ostermeier, take audiences to a visceral, stark and harrowing world, portraying Shakespeare’s Richard III as the ultimate outsider.

(Sold out this year) Barry Kosky’s Saul is an operatic work of stunning beauty, replete with rich theatrical imagination and human drama. Massive choruses, a heartbreaking score and a lavish, baroque world bring this mythic tale of a mad king and his crumbling family to life.

The Secret River challenges Australian audiences to rethink all they were taught about the birth of their nation. Set in the stunning natural outdoor amphitheatre of Anstey Hill quarry, let the rock, the earth, the warm gully winds and the voices of the bush add their solemn magic to this shattering piece of theatre.

Fast Fine Dines

It’s a fact: quality entertainment goes hand-in-hand with quality food (and wine, obviously). Adelaide Festival’s Fast Fine Dines program brings you pre and post-show offers from some of Adelaide’s best food and wine establishments including 2KW, Electra House, Hill of Grace, Mexican Society of China Town, Osteria Oggi, Mayflower Restaurant and Kaffana.

Fast Fine Dines runs from 3-19 March with each partnered establishment offering considerable discounts and specials. For a full list of participating establishments, see the Adelaide Festival website.

Fast Fine Dine at 2KW

Fast fine dining at Adelaide's 2KW

Kids Weekend

Get ready for two magical days of stories, parades, painting, printing, performances and lots of full-on fun at the Adelaide Festival Kids Weekend. Gather ‘round for some spectacular tale telling in The Story Tent, get creative in Nest Studio, visit the animals or transform into one yourself at Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo. 

Adelaide Festival Kids Weekend by Shane Reid

Story Time at the Adelaide Festival Kids Weekend by Shane Reid

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