From Michael Jackson to Frédéric Mouchet, this July, South Australia's arts scene is packed with concerts, festivals and events.
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds – 1 July till 7 August
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds is a massive live music festival spread throughout Adelaide’s CBD. Presented by Music SA, Umbrella runs from 15 June to 7 August and features 200 live performances in over 60 venues.
The festival features well-known international, interstate and local performers and spans all genres from classical to hip hop; jazz to rock.
Tram Sessions: A Melbourne-based concept, Tram Sessions will bring live performers in all their unplugged glory to Adelaide’s public transport. Nine sessions have been planned from June 15 to August 7, spicing up early commutes with spontaneous live music brought to you by Adelaide’s best singer-songwriters.
Rundle Sounds: Presented by Little Acorn Music, Rundle Sounds will be setting some of Adelaide’s best musicians loose in Rundle Mall. They’ll be popping up in food courts, cafés and shopping complexes, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Railway Tracks: Free performances will liven up the Adelaide Railway Station every weekday of the Umbrella Festival. Drop-by on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4pm, or Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am.
Adelaide Zoo Matinee Series: The Adelaide Zoo’s animal residents will be sharing the stage with some of Adelaide’s best songwriters during Umbrella: Winter City Sounds. Pop by during the July school holidays for a series of matinee afternoon performances, presented by Shopfront.
Elder Hall Session: Dust off your tux or evening gown for a night of extravagance at Elder Hall. Treat yourself to live music, art, local food and wines in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings.
For more information and ticket sales see the Umbrella: Winter City Sounds website.
Frédéric Mouchet exhibition – 1 July till 14 August
Over 200 years after the French explored South Australia’s coastline for the first time, photographer, Frédéric Mouchet, retraced their steps, photographing the very same land and seascapes.
See Mouchet’s stunning contemporary photographs of Encounter Bay, Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight at the State Library until 14 August. Mouchet’s works draw parallels to original sketches made by early French and English explorers.
This is the first time Mouchet has exhibited in Australia.
For more information, see the State Library of South Australia’s website
The Art Gallery of South Australia.
Robert Hannaford exhibition – 2 July till 9 October
The work of South Australia’s most celebrated portraitist, Robert Hannaford, has arrived at the Art Gallery of South Australia
. Hannaford is known for his uncanny ability to capture the essence of his subjects and has won countless awards and commissions throughout his career.
The long-awaited Robert Hannaford exhibition will run till 9 October and includes a range of previously unseen portrait and figure drawings.
For more information and accompanying event details, see the Art Gallery of South Australia website.
NAIDOC Week – 3 July till 10 July
NAIDOC Week celebrates the culture, history, achievements and lives of Indigenous people all around Australia. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities celebrate NAIDOC Week, with a range of activities and events running throughout South Australia.
You can support your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community at the NAIDOC Church Service, NAIDOC SA Awards and Lord Mayor’s Morning Tea, NAIDOC March & Family Fun Day and the NAIDOC Ball.
For more information about NAIDOC and to find out what’s on in your area, see the South Australian NAIDOC website.
Bonjour Barossa – 10 July
Gastronomic delights meet French culture at Bonjour Barossa – a day of stomach-teasing French food, wine and entertainment under the roof of Seppeltsfield’s 1920s vintage cellar.
The event takes place the week before Bastille and promises patisserie (pastries and desserts), boulangerie (breads and baked goods), charcuterie (cured and smoked meats) as well as cheeses, crepes, oysters, coffee and ice-cream.
Classically trained in French cookery, Seppeltsfield’s Event Chef, Owen Andrews, will be serving mouth-watering beef bourguignon and seafood bisque with just the right mix of je ne sais quoi.
Adding to the atmosphere will be Adelaide-based Parisian jazz band, The Baker Suite. You’ll also find face painting, bocci and Segways provided by Segway Sensation SA.
Tickets to Bonjour Barossa are $10 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. For more information about the event, see the Seppeltsfield website.
Guitars in Bars – 15 July till 10 August
Guitars in Bars is a special feature of the Adelaide Guitar Festival, showcasing the talents of our best string strummers in local venues throughout South Australia.
The Adelaide Guitar Festival runs from 11 to 14 August with more than 300 diverse artists performing all around Adelaide.
Guitars in Bars runs before The Adelaide Guitar Festival, from 15 July to 10 August, and includes both ticketed and free events in pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and exhibition spaces all across South Australia.
Week one will see gigs at Adelaide’s Wheatsheaf Hotel and La Boheme, as well as further afield at The Victor Harbor Hotel, Sails at Clayton Bay and Angas Plains Wines.
Week two kicks off with performances at Boomers on the Beach, the Adelaide Festival Centre and The Aussie Inn, then heads to the Avoca Hotel and ends with a special performance by Ella Hooper at The Royal Oak Hotel.
Week three begins at the beautiful Bird in Hand Winery, then hits the city at Jive, the Grace Emily and new Adelaide bar, Mississippi Moon.
Week four starts with gigs at The Mile End and the Art Gallery of South Australia, before finishing up at the Adelaide City Library and swanky 2KW.
For more information and to book, see the Adelaide Guitar Festival website.
Guitars in Bars.
Music Palooza – 16 July & 17 July
Music Palooza is a wonderland of pre-loved vinyl, CDs and DVDs, running for two days only, under one roof.
Fossick through a seemingly endless amount of stock in search of that elusive old favourite, or simply spend the day browsing for a bargain.
You’ll find vinyl and CDs of all genres, from hip hop and country, to folk and metal. DVDs on-offer are equally as eclectic, with old favourites and cult classics, side-by-side with new releases and blockbusters. You’ll find Music Palooza at Plant One in Bowden.
Entry is $5 and doors open at 10am. For more information, see the Music Palooza website.
Michael Jackson HIStory Show – 18 July
Moonwalk to the Adelaide Festival Centre on 18 July for the Michael Jackson HIStory Show – a musical tribute to one of the world’s best performers.
Embark on a journey of Jackson’s vast catalogue of work from his beginnings as a member of the Jackson 5, to his unforgettable presence in the 80s, and all the way to his evolution in the 21st Century.
Celebrate the King of Pop with an internationally-acclaimed band, authentic costumes, fantastic choreography and spellbinding effects.
For more information and to buy tickets, see the Adelaide Festival Centre website