The Show Must Go On

See our collection of online interviews and performances to stay connected no matter where you are.

We recognise the power of the arts to not only entertain, but also to provide comfort and connection, especially during these challenging times. This is why The Show Must Go On at Adelaide Festival Centre, even if that means bringing the wonderment of our theatres to the comfort of your couches.

We will be updating The Show Must Go On frequently, so be sure to visit often for the latest online works. Also, don’t forget to follow #MyFestivalCentre on social media where we’ll be digging into the Adelaide Festival Centre archives.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Adelaide Festival Centre as soon as it is safe to do so.

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week was set to see celebrations take place across the nation this week in acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Whilst the official dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Visit our website or stayed tuned in to our Facebook page and enjoy new music released daily as these artists share their own stories in their own words.

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NAIDOC Week - Jess Wishart

Whilst the official dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

Jessica Wishart is a young Bidjara woman who writes and performs songs inspired by her love of music, family and culture. Jess’s song ‘You Got a Habit’ represents the experience First Nations people are still facing.

“It’s a reminder that this land belongs to First Nations people, and we should be doing a lot better as a nation to recognise that”. Her son Arnold Baird speaks the Acknowledgement To Country In Arrernte, the language of his home country in Alice Springs.

Featuring Nancy Bates on guitar and Arnold Baird on didgeridoo.

NAIDOC Week - Nancy Bates

Whilst the official NAIDOC Week dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of our First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘always was, always will be’.

Nancy Bates is an accomplished singer-songwriter living in Adelaide who identifies as a Barkindji woman from far western NSW. Nancy’s song ‘Sweet River Water’ is about the mismanagement of the Murray/Darling basin (which is part of her father’s country) and the knowledge of how her Ancestors cared for and nurtured the river for thousands of years has been lost.

“I feel like Australia needs to understand how sacred fresh water is. ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ is about our rights and our rites to country. Just imagine how much knowledge the old people had, knowledge about water and environments, landscape, plants animal....everything”.

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NAIDOC Week - Corey Theatre

Whilst the official NAIDOC Week dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of our First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘always was, always will be’.

Corey Theatre is a singer songwriter who mixes finger-picking guitar, bluesy-roots style grooves and lyrics that speak eloquently to our sense of national identity.

A Gunditjmara-Belgian artist, Corey’s song ‘It Wasn’t Always This Way’ written in response to the NAIDOC Week theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be' looks at some of the changes that have taken place in Australia over the past 200 years. 

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NAIDOC Week - Nathan May

Whilst the official NAIDOC Week dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of our First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘always was, always will be’.

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Nathan May descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin clans and writes music in memory of his friends and family. He dedicates this song titled ‘Belong’ to his grandmother and the place where she was born.

“Even though I was born in Darwin I feel Marree and SA is my home - I also feel a connection to the land every time I go up to Marree and feel at home in a way”.

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NAIDOC Week - J-MILLA

Whilst the official NAIDOC Week dates may be changed to November 8-15 due to COVID-19, Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to continue championing the voices of our First Nations people. So to mark the week, we will be sharing performances from some of SAs most talented First Nations musicians in response to NAIDOC Week’s theme in 2020: ‘always was, always will be’.

J-MILLA is a unique up-and-coming rap artist as well as a loud and proud member of the Mak Mak Marranunggu people, the traditional landowners of the Litchfield National Park area of the Northern Territory.

His song ‘60K+’ refers to the 60,000 years of Aboriginal heritage and the chorus of the song ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ relates directly to the NAIDOC Week Theme for 2020. “I write all my own lyrics which are generally a reflection of my life experiences. It’s not my intention to isolate anyone in particular and I hope what I write can bring people together”.

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Let's Get On With the Show

Let's Get on with the Show, an entertainment extravaganza with excerpts from major musicals, will be held on 11 July at 8pm (AEST) to support the Actor's Benevolent Fund.

Presented by The Sydney Opera House, Live Performance Australia, the Helpmann Awards, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the commercial producing industry to support their cause. 

Your contribution will greatly support our performing arts community during this critical time. Please note SA donations to the event (coordinated by the Actors Benevolent Fund NSW) will be redirected to the Performers Support Fund of SA.

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Dear Australia - Live Stream

Join the live online conversation with 50 of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights. Tune in from 6:30pm, 3 July and 4:30pm, 5 July as they continue to respond to the questions of diversity, our nations direction and reflect on what has been.

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DECAMERON 2.0

State Theatre Company South Australia and ActNow Theatre are proud to present their bold new digital project, DECAMERON 2.0. Over 10 weeks, more than 30 diverse SA writers, directors and actors will deliver 100 original stories. Episodes will be released weekly from early July.

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State Theatre Company – Stay in with State

State Theatre Company South Australia presents Stay in with State, featuring a line-up of digital content including interviews, tutorials, recordings and stories to keep the community connected and entertained.

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State Opera South Australia - Arias from the Archives

A celebration of milestone moments from State Opera’s 44-year history. Arias from the Archives features powerful operatic scenes from iconic productions including Dead Man Walking, Cloudstreet and La Boheme. New episodes monthly.

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State Opera South Australia - Kaspar & Maunder Podcast

Artistic Director Stuart Maunder (and his enigmatic cat Kaspar) in conversation with artists and creatives who helped shape State Opera into the company it is today.

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State Opera South Australia - IsoPlay Playlists

Revel in hours of music especially chosen for you by our company members. From Opera to Soul, from contemplative to celebratory. We invite you to explore State Theatres ‘Iso-Play-ground.’

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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Virtual Concert Hall

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is excited to continue creating content for their Virtual Concert Hall. Tune in each Wednesday to enjoy the latest free performance and see what’s coming up next.

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ASO Virtual Concert Hall - Sarah Barrett & Emma Gregan

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Sarah Barrett & Emma Gregan perform baroque horn duets from Handel & Mozart – available to watch in the ASO Virtual Concert Hall until 8 July. 

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Australian Dance Theatre - ADAPT

Australian Dance Theatre invite you to ‘adapt’ with them for their special online-only season. Every fortnight ADT will be streaming one of Garry Stewart’s well-known works.

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The Australian Ballet - Swan Lake

Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake is charged with sensuality and heartbreak. The Australian Ballet’s most performed and successful work has swept the world reaping standing ovations. Available on Ballet TV until 9 July. 

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The Australian Ballet – Learn to dance online

Learn the artistry and technique of ballet in your own home, anywhere in the world, with The Australian Ballet’s online adult ballet classes, At Home With Studios. For all skill levels from Beginner to Advanced, stay active and express your creativity through dance.

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Something On Saturday at Home and Family Fun

Looking for activities to do with the kids at home during the holidays? Check out some of our favourite artists and creators and discover all the fun that can be had indoors.

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CentrED Online

In these interesting times of home schooling and online classrooms centrED is meeting the challenge. Over Term 2 we will be presenting a series of online workshops and performances, register today!

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Mountain Goat Mountain

Mountain Goat Mountain is an audio-led theatre experience for families to do in their home together.

With guided activities that help families set up, and step into their own imaginative world, Mountain Goat Mountain is a unique experience for adults and children to do together that provides space for creative connection through play and imagination.



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Windmill at Home

Discover a whole suite of stories, a collection of hands-on activities and explore their interactive (and award-winning) digital experiences… bringing a little bit of Windmill Theatre Co joy into your home.

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Patch Theatre

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival

We hope you’ve been following the fun and pithy Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-sized & Home Delivered. Artistic Director Julia Zemiro has created a celebration of Cabaret in the form of bite-sized clips from artists who were set to feature in the 2020 program, each responding to the question, ‘What Good is Sitting Alone in Your Room?’

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Getting Their Acts Together

Follow Adelaide Festival Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy as they scour the globe to find the best acts for their most challenging Festival year yet. Getting Their Acts Together - now on ABC TV + iview.

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Adelaide Festival 2020 – Festival Forums

David Marr explores the 2020 Adelaide Festival through the eyes of the artists, delving into unmissable behind-the-scenes conversations with creatives and performers.

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Adelaide Writers Week 2020 – Sessions Podcast

Immerse yourself in the amazing range of literary conversations by listening to one (or all!) of the Adelaide Writers’ Week podcasts.

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Slava & Sharon Grigoryan

Australia’s favourite classical musical couple Slava and Sharon Grigoryan recently took to the Festival Theatre stage and poignantly performed Tanto Espaço (‘So Much Space’) by Mario Laginha to an empty auditorium.

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International Jazz Day 2020

On 30 April each year, UNESCO’s International Jazz Day is celebrated around the world. The celebration is extra special in South Australia as Adelaide is a UNESCO City of Music. This year, we brought together some of Adelaide’s best jazz musicians online to acknowledge and celebrate one of the world’s most loved genres of music. See all the videos on our Facebook page and check out #JazzDayAtHome!

 

Kiah Gossner

An Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Presentation, Contact by local Adelaide artist Kiah Gossner premiered November 2019 in the Space Theatre.

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