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.
For many thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations people have been telling stories through dance, song, paintings, carvings, tools and spoken word – often around the campfire. But as we move toward more urban lifestyles, how will traditional storytelling be preserved?
Take your seat around the proverbial campfire and hear from local storytellers Uncle Mickey O’Brien, Aunty Stephanie Gollan and Ema Bovoro. Recorded and presented online, this important new work provides a special opportunity for young people to be immersed in these stories and share in Indigenous culture and language.
Her Majesty's Theatre Virtual Tour
Once regarded as the finest theatre in Australia, back in her Tivoli days, Her Majesty’s Theatre has been reinvigorated, returning her to world-class status – Australia’s most exciting theatre project is now complete!
Adelaide Festival Centre's Moving Image Program
Grayson Cooke’s powerful work combines quotes from climate scientists with stunning satellite imagery. This work is part of an ongoing project on the impact of climate change. Check it out on the digital screens and watch an extract via video link below.
Adelaide Guitar Festival's 'The Backstage Sessions' - The Tom Kneebone Trio
A fresh initiative for Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Backstage Sessions brings live music direct to your home. Keep an eye on this page for new videos shared weekly until 9 August, and see all of our Backstage Sessions at the Adelaide Guitar Festival website.
Tom Kneebone is a touring session musician with a guitar style steeped in pushing the boundaries of Jazz, Blues, and Folk music. Joined by Kyrie Anderson on drums and Dylan Paul on the double-bass, this first set ever from The Tom Kneebone Trio is certainly one to savor!
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’.
View all of our NAIDOC Week videos on our Facebook page.
Enjoy this incredible performance from Jessica Wishart of her song ‘You Got a Habit’, accompanied by her son Arnold Baird on didgeridoo and Nancy Bates on guitar and vocals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
ASO Virtual Concert Hall - Renae Stavely plays Britten
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Oboe Renae Stavely performs Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid – available to watch in the ASO Virtual Concert Hall until 29 July.
Australian Dance Theatre - ADAPT
In 2000, Australian Dance Theatre first performed Birdbrain, Garry Stewart’s first full-length work for the company. Experience this popular re-working of Swan Lake though ADT’s free online-season ADAPT.
The Australian Ballet - Spartacus
Universal in its themes, The Australian Ballet’s explosive Spartacus is a classic story of an underdog who fights back against all odds. Join the rebellion on Ballet TV.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Windmill Theatre Company - Honey, I'm Home
A new animated web-series created by artists Chris Edser, Renate Henschke and Jonathon Oxlade that uses objects found in the home to create a poignant and funny portrait of the world we live in. Supported by Windmill Theatre Company and Department of Premier and Cabinet through Arts South Australia.
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.
Patch Theatre are keeping the lights on with fun educational activities for families to try at home. Create stunning lighting effects with simple tools or get cosy for a story time session.
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?’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
An Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Presentation, Contact by local Adelaide artist Kiah Gossner premiered November 2019 in the Space Theatre.