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1 Feb 2019


For over 55 years, Adelaide Festival has presented an impressive line-up of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, musical performances and mesmorising dance pieces breathing life into long summer days and balmy Adelaide evenings.

Visionary directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy have put together their third year of creative direction with many Adelaide exclusives and world premiers at this year's festival from 1-17 March 2019.  


Adelaide Festival 2019 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. Overwhelmed by everything on offer? Here’s our top picks of not to be missed shows at this year’s Adelaide Festival of arts.

1. The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, Adelaide Festival

The must-see show of this year’s festival, Mozart’s The Magic Flute blends live opera with grand-scale animated tableaux evoking the nostalgia of silent films, the dark and gothic fantasy of Tim Burton and humour of early animation. This iconic Barrie Kosky production has delighted more than half a million people in 25 cities around the world and will leave young and old alike laughing out loud so be sure to bring the kids!

2. Sretensky Monastery Choir

Sretensky Monastery Choir, Adelaide Festival

One of the world’s oldest choirs, Sretensky Monastery Choir, makes their Australian debut at Adelaide Festival. Prepare to be blown away as 41 quintessentially Russian male singers perform a breathtaking array of music from liturgical masterworks, familiar folk songs and ancient chants. Hauntingly beautiful, we dare you not to get goose bumps. 

3. A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope, Adelaide Festival

Traverse the African continent as you follow the journey of eight-year-old Asad who escapes the ravages of war in search of a brighter future. Featuring the award-winning Isango Ensemble, this epic musical theatre spectacular will make you laugh and cry with joyous ensemble singing, roof-raising marimba, djembe drum and dance. A Man of Good Hope is the ultimate feel-good festival favourite.

4. By Heart

By Heart, Adelaide Festival

Imagine standing in front of a room of strangers to recite a poem you’ve never read before. Welcome to one of the most heart-warming performances at Adelaide Festival this year, By Heart. Making his Australian premiere, Tiago Rodrigues brings 10 people on stage to learn and recite a poem in a beautiful tribute to his grandmother. Bring your tissues!

5. Out Of Chaos...

Out Of Chaos, Adelaide Festival

This one is for the circus lovers! Be among the first to witness the world premiere Out Of Chaos, a visual extravaganza of jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. This is the perfect show for the whole family so rally the troops and prepare to be blown away.


The Palais, Adelaide Festival

The Palais is the floating Festival hub lighting up the River Torrens with live gigs from huge international stars and big-name Australians. Whether you dance the night away, sit back and soak-up the atmosphere in the mezzanine bar, get the scoop each morning with Breakfast with Papers, take your after-work drinks to the water or listen to some of the world’s most compelling writers and artists at Festival Forums, the Palais is the place to be. 


Adelaide Writer's Festival

The lush lawns of the beautiful Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden in Adelaide will be home to the Adelaide Writers' Week with this year's theme being Telling Truths. Take a seat and listen to some of the world's best (and greatest up-and-coming) writers discuss their innermost thoughts; fiction and non-fiction, biography and crime, recipes and politics. All genres find their spot at Adelaide Writers’ Week.


There’s so much to see and do in South Australia in summer! If you're looking for more festival fun, checkout WOMADelaide and Adelaide Fringe or find out what’s on this season.