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.
Students Got Talent Live Broadcast
On 13 February 2021, Adelaide Festival Centre presented Students Got Talent, a talent competition held to show our support to the International student community impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions. 11 finalists competed for $9500 in prize money, with first place going to 19-year-old singer Estée Kitingan. The live broadcast was filmed in collaboration with Channel 44 Adelaide and was seen by audiences worldwide.
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!
Originally via registration back in June, CentrED Online’s series of online workshops and performances, including learning resources, will be free to access for the remainder of the 2020 school year!
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.
A new initiative from Adelaide Festival Centre, OUR WORDS is a collection of original poems by First Nations poets from across the country. Recorded and preserved for presentation online and also appearing as part of the Celebrating OUR MOB 2020 exhibition at Adelaide Festival Centre, these works achieve what a written collection could not - transmitting the words of these extraordinary writers in their own voice and performance.
Like OUR MOB, the newly imagined OUR WORDS is a platform dedicated to connecting audiences to the works of contemporary First Nations artists - both emerging and established. Speaking on survival, history, truth and country, these are voices enriched with sixty thousand years of continuous culture and distilled by two hundred years of disruption and genocide. As it always has been, it’s time to listen.
NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrated the heritage of First Nations peoples with the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. To commemorate NAIDOC week on its original dates in July, we had some of SA’s talented First Nations artists share a performance in response to the 2020 NAIDOC Week theme.
In early November, the students of Playford International College and Craigmore High School students worked together to create their own song from scratch with the help of artist mentor and Barkindji woman Nancy Bates.
Watch all of these incredible performances below!
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021 is on sale now with Tony Award-winning performer Alan Cumming as our first ever international Artistic Director. Excitement for a return to theatres is at fever-pitch, with first-release tickets for our famed The Variety Gala and the world premiere of Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age already sold out. Browse the website for 2021 events, get your tickets, and sign up to the waitlist for The Variety Gala and Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age. Hear from our incoming Artistic Director, the king of cabaret himself: Alan Cumming, on what's in store. Follow us on Facebook and sign up to our enews list and be the first to hear about the unmissable 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021.
The Backstage Sessions
A fresh initiative for Adelaide Guitar Festival, The Backstage Sessions brings live music direct to your home.
Featuring sets from Chris Finnen, Cal Williams Jr & Kory Horwood, Kelly Menhennett & Band, The Tom Kneebone Trio, Mike Bevan & Alain Valodze, The Django Rowe Quintet and The Yearlings featuring Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan, The Backstage Sessions has your local live music fix covered.
In October, OzAsia Festival went digital for a series of critical conversations chaired by incoming Artistic Director, Annette Shun Wah. Artists from across Australia and Asia connected across borders to discuss the role of arts and culture – and the future of creativity and cultural engagement – in a society under near-constant threat of lockdown.
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.
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.
Such as this animated web-series 'Honey, I'm Home' created by artists Chris Edser, Renate Henschke and Jonathon Oxlade that uses objects foue 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 the series has also been supported by Adelaide Festival Centre by screening each release on our King William Road screens.
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. This was played in entirety on our King William screens.
The Australian Ballet’s Bodytorque development program was originally conceived to uncover the creativity and choreographic talents of the company dancers. Becoming a breeding ground for the company’s brightest talents, this year the program goes digital to bring the next wave of ballet and the future of movement to your screens.
Learn to Dance Online with The Australian Ballet
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.
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.
State Theatre Company South Australia and ActNow Theatre are proud to present their bold digital project, DECAMERON 2.0. Over 10 weeks, more than 30 diverse SA writers, directors and actors delivered 100 original stories.
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.
Arias from the Archives
A celebration of milestone moments from State Opera South Australia’s 44-year history. Arias from the Archives features powerful operatic scenes from iconic productions including Dead Man Walking, Cloudstreet and La Boheme.
Kaspar & Maunder Podcast
State Opera South Australia 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.
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 Opera South Australia’s ‘Iso-Play-ground.’
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.
Dear Australia - Live Stream
On 3 and 5 July 2020, 50 of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights entered into a live online conversation. Across this series, see how they responded to questions of diversity, our nations direction and reflect on what has been.
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.
An Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Presentation, Contact by local Adelaide artist Kiah Gossner premiered November 2019 in the Space Theatre.