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Compassion & Ngapa William Cooper

Conducted by Nigel Westlake | Performed by Lior, Dr Lou Bennett AM and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra | 2024 Adelaide Festival
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Two extraordinary song cycles return to Adelaide Festival in 2024, now accompanied by the full force of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

Songwriter Lior and composer Nigel Westlake’s first song cycle, Compassion, premiered in 2013 and was hailed as an instant classic. Ten years later, they created Ngapa William Cooper with Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung singer, composer and language activist Lou Bennett, which had its world premiere at the 2023 Adelaide Festival. While both song cycles draw upon historical events and writings, their messages are relevant to this day. 

For the very first time, orchestral versions of these two song cycles are presented together in a one-night-only performance at the Festival Theatre, featuring vocals from Lior and Lou Bennett and music from the ASO conducted by Nigel Westlake.  

Join us for a night of uplifting music from some of our finest musical storytellers and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

★★★★★ A work of both outstanding musical quality and extraordinary cultural significance.

— Limelight (Ngapa William Cooper)

The two voices of Lior and Bennett find a complementary perfection in their shapely lilt and the heart and warmth of their delivery.

— Australian Book Review (Ngapa William Cooper)

Poetic, beautiful and rewarding... a joyful celebration of compassion, exploring its ability to bring people together across the divides of race and fear.

— Limelight (Compassion)

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The most direct way to enter the Festival Theatre is from King William Road, near the cor­ner of Elder Park, or Fes­ti­val Plaza. 

You can also walk from North Ter­race via the laneway along­side SkyC­i­ty Casi­no or by cross­ing the foot­bridge from Ade­laide Oval.

Access

If you require an acces­si­ble drop off area, use the dri­ve through zone just off King William Road, approx­i­mate­ly 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is are is acces­si­ble when trav­el­ing north on King William Road. When King William Road is closed for major events, the near­est acces­si­ble drop off area is on the west side of Ade­laide Fes­ti­val Cen­tre, along­side Fes­ti­val Dri­ve under the River­bank Footbridge.

Taxi services

There is no for­mal taxi rank on King William Road, but taxis can use the dri­ve through zone just off King William Road, approx­i­mate­ly 100 metres north of the car park entrance. This is acces­si­ble when trav­el­ing north on King William Road. 

The near­est taxi ranks are locat­ed on North Ter­race, out­side the Casi­no and Rail­way Sta­tion, and on King William Street next to Run­dle Mall.

Car parking

The closest parking is available at Fes­ti­val Plaza Car Park, accessible from King William Road or Mon­te­fiore Road. Fol­low the signs on Fes­ti­val Dri­ve and dri­ve down to the low­er lev­els to park near B3 or B4. From there the King William Road lifts will take you to the Fes­ti­val The­atre entrance. Vis­it the Fes­ti­val Plaza Car Park web­site for more information. 

You can also use the Con­ven­tion Cen­tre’s River­bank Car Park or one of a num­ber of near­by city car parks. 

Public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

We want to make your vis­it as enjoy­able as pos­si­ble and offer many ways to assist if sup­port is required.

Accessible Seating

In the Stalls, row W has remov­able seats to accom­mo­date patrons who wish to remain seat­ed in their wheel­chair or trans­fer to a the­atre seat. 

Lifts

Lifts are locat­ed either side of the Fes­ti­val The­atre audi­to­ri­um with access to all levels. 

Toilets

Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance Animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio Assistance

Festival Theatre has hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. Please advise the oper­a­tor at the time of booking. 

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