Visit Adelaide in February and March for Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Writers' Week, Clipsal 500 Adelaide and WOMADelaide.
BY LIZ H
March has always been my favourite time of year. The days are long and sunny, and the nights are often balmy. With so many festivals on, there is always something to do.
The locals refer to it as “Mad March” and for many Adelaideans, it's their favourite time of year. The city is a hive of activity with the Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Writers' Week, Clipsal 500 Adelaide and WOMADelaide all held in the lead up to and during March. This eclectic mix of events sees revellers encouraged to try, see and do something a little out of character.
Do something a little out of character during Mad March in Adelaide.
12 February to 14 March 2016
has grown from humble beginnings in 1960, to be the largest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It is an eclectic program offering everything weird and wacky from cabaret, comedy, dance, film and human circus, to theatre, music and visual art. In short, anyone with a creative vision can be part of the program. Venues range from the stately Town Hall, to hotels, art galleries, pubs, warehouses, theatres, street corners, purpose-built venues and make-do tents in the "Garden of Unearthly Delights".
See international comedians and musicians perform alongside complete unknowns. Be entranced by hypnotists, enthralled by burlesque dancers and circus artists and see art on display. You’ll find Adelaide Fringe venues from Victor Harbor to the Barossa and as far north as Port Augusta.
26 Feb to 14 March 2016
Now over 50 years old, the Adelaide Festival
offers a broad range of dramatic artists and performers, including internationally-renowned musicians, dancers, theatre productions and visual artists.
Adelaide Festival also incorporates Adelaide Writers’ Week
(27 February to 3 March 2016), which is Australia’s oldest, not to mention largest literary festival. Over six days, panels of authors discuss life and literary topics with the public, on the lawns of the beautiful Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden in Adelaide. The Kid’s Weekend (27 and 28 February) is immensely popular and like all the sessions at Adelaide Writers’ Week, it’s free!
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
3 to 6 March 2016
Start your engines! Clipsal 500 Adelaide
is the first event on the annual V8 Supercar Championship series and the largest domestic motor sport event in Australia. Held over four days, it is so much more than V8 car racing.
There are family fun zones, a ladies day lunch, breakfast with the stars, schools' day, autograph sessions, and that’s all before you get to the grandstand! Watch the Toyo Tires Stadium Super Trucks, Enduro-X, Stunt Bikes and Motorcycle Junior GP or just kick back, relax and enjoy a range of bars and food on the Concert Green.
Every night, the roar of engines is replaced by the roar of the crowd as the after race concerts begin. The final concert on the Sunday night has seen international acts such as KISS, Keith Urban, and Australian legends, Cold Chisel perform. The 2016 headline act is Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty fame.
11 to 14 March 2016
WOMAD (World of Music Arts, and Dance) was founded by musician Peter Gabriel in 1982. WOMADelaide
was born in 1992.
Held over four days on the March long weekend, in Adelaide's Botanic Park; WOMADelaide offers an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe, performing across seven stages. There are dancers and DJs, art and discussions, as well as food and retail charity stalls representing a myriad of countries and cuisines. The event is not only family-friendly, it has an excellent green policy that saw WOMADelaide win an award in 2013 for its relationship with Greening Australia.