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  • The Lost and Found Orchestra kicks off Adelaide Festival with an unforgettable bang.

  • Hamlet

    An internationally-acclaimed new opera by Brett Dean, directed by Neil Armfield. Exclusive to Adelaide.

  • Kings of War

    Toneelgroep Amsterdam return to Adelaide with this gripping study of political cynicism.

  • Grace Jones

    It is 36 long years since Grace Jones appeared in Adelaide. But her latest festival gigs have been leaving audiences and reviewers around the world gasping at the spectacle, the spontaneity and the simultaneous warmth and danger of her stage presence.

  • The Far Side of the Moon

    The greatest and most acclaimed work by iconic Canadian auteur, Robert Lepage, finally comes to Adelaide.

  • Memorial

    One of the leading actresses of her generation, Helen Morse brings her decades of experience in theatre and recitals to the transforming poetry of Alice Oswald’s Memorial.

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Cécile makes her Australian debut in a single performance, exclusive to Adelaide Festival. One day you’ll be telling your grandkids that you were there…

  • human requiem

    A musical event like no other.


    Akram Khan's much anticipated and last solo full-length stage performance piece.

  • Thyestes

    Featuring three extraordinary performances, Thyestes is perhaps the most disturbing, funny, beautiful, chilling and utterly memorable 90 minutes of Australian theatre you will ever experience.


    Galván is a rock star of flamenco.


  • Us / Them

    In September 2004 a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan,Russia taking hundreds of children hostage. With humour and pragmatism, this extraordinary piece tells the story entirely through the clear, young eyes of a girl and a boy who were on the inside.

  • Adelaide Writers' Week 2018

    An outstanding week full of fabulous authors and books in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

  • Split

    Perhaps the most talked-about dance event of 2017, Split confirms Adelaide-born choreographer Lucy Guerin’s status as one of Australia’s most fearless and original artists.

  • The Palais

    It’s back! At the centre of the city of Adelaide sits the Festival’s beating heart: The Palais.

  • Long Lunches

    This year we welcome you on board The Palais to enjoy the art of hospitality.

  • Late Nite Tuff Guy

    Adelaide-born Late Nite Tuff Guy, aka DJ HMC, has become an online techno sensation.

  • Lee Fields and The Expressions

    Apologies to the late, great James Brown, but you’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s worked as hard as Lee Fields.

  • Lior

    Lior will perform an intimate show, drawing material from across his extensive catalogue of much loved songs, as well as previewing some new material from his forthcoming album.

  • Mount Kimbie

    Emerging out of the UK electronica scene, this music duo have created a new genre which is deliciously drowsy with a less bass-heavy ambience peppered with chopped up found sounds.

  • Harry James Angus

    Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, is known both for his thrilling live performances and for his constant musical re-invention.

  • Grizzly Bear

    Weaving together floating harmonies, folk and baroque pop, this Brooklyn four-piece were already one of the 00s most acclaimed indie acts when 2009’s earwormy single ‘Two Weeks’ from their third album introduced them to a huge new audience.


  • Art vs Science

    Not only 'Parlez-vous Francais?': the Sydney-based trio is ready to surprise you again.

  • Regurgitator

    Expect an exuberant and witty live performance with mashup funk, punk, rock and electro vibes.

  • Julia Jacklin

    Acclaimed by audiences and critics, this indie-pop artist with a rich, distinctive voice has performed at many of the world's biggest festivals.

  • Lauv

    This 23-year-old singer, songwriter and producer smashed the Spotify charts with his electro-jazz tunes.

  • Archie Roach

    In a voice rich with humanity, filled with joy, pain, love and longing, Archie Roach AM traces the journey of his people through song and story and gets to the heart of what it means to be human.

  • Vikki Thorn

    After 25 years with The Waifs, Vikki Thorn found her own voice deep in the canyons of Utah.

  • Perfume Genius

    Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas is one of the most important artists of our time; a queer icon as well as a dearly loved indie artist who has broken through dramatically from his early days as a bedroom artist to become a riveting live performer.

  • The Great War

    Since its premiere in 2001, The Great War has enjoyed worldwide acclaim, and on the centenary of the WWI Armistice it is a reminder of the timeless horrors of combat and the unique potency of theatre to bring its lessons to visceral, compelling life.

  • Bennelong

    Bangarra Dance Theatre is a national treasure. After triumphant sold-out seasons around the country, we are thrilled that Adelaide audiences will see what is perhaps its greatest work to date.

  • TAHA

    TAHA is a deeply personal story from beguiling writer-performer Amer Hlehel.

  • AZZA

    Blending song and spoken word with an Arabic a cappella chorus, AZZA weaves a rich pattern of life and death through shared experiences, minor rivalries and brief moments of compassion and empathy.

  • Spinifex Gum

    In 2015 Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire fame took up residence in the Pilbara to soak himself in the contemporary stories of the Yindjibarndi community. Out of it came Spinifex Gum - an album, a live performance and a shared passion to ignite change.

  • The Triplets of Belleville

    With Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville, Benoît Charest recreates live his brilliant score as the film is beamed onto the big screen.

  • Kids' Weekend 2018

    Come along to the Kids’ Weekend and revel in two days of stories, songs, creatures and crayons.

  • Compassion: Chamber Landscapes

    In curating this program, composer Iain Grandage (The Secret River), one of our greatest advocates for music as a healing force, has invited some of the world’s finest musicians to speak to our hearts of consolation, grief, love and all-embracing humanism.

  • Compassion

    Music born of political oppression or the oppressive weight of world events is more often exhilarating and eloquent than dour and dispiriting.

  • Sabine Meyer and Alliage Quintett

    If you love music you’ll probably know that clarinetist Sabine Meyer is a superstar who has appeared as soloist with all the great orchestras of the world.

  • 21: Memories of Growing Up

    When did you turn 21? What happened in that year? Swiss artist Mats Staub has discussed these questions with over 100 people of various ages and backgrounds.

  • Sport In Australia

    Join David Hill for lunch and a conversation about his recent book, The Fair and the Foul.

  • Kate Miller-Heidke

    Indie pop queen, coloratura soprano, composer and lyricist for superbly crafted stand-alone songs or large scale music theatre works; Kate Miller-Heidke has what it takes and more.

  • Anne Sofie von Otter

    Hear Anne Sofie von Otter in recital with a characteristically eclectic and intelligent collection of works


    As a child, Dutch visual/performance artist Nick Steur played with pebbles. When he grew up he rediscovered the material and created a performance placing stones on top of each other.

  • In The Club

    A brand new play that shines a searing torch into the darkest corners of our football clubs and women’s accounts of sexual violence.

  • The Balanescu Quartet Retrospective

    Alexander Balanescu and his celebrated string quartet returns to Adelaide.

  • Bernstein on Stage!

  • Stalin's Piano

    Davidson harnesses the voices and visual footage of 19 artists and politicians, capturing the music of their often iconic speeches, and crystallising it in a score played live with astonishing brilliance by Sonya Lifschitz.

  • Late Night in the Cathedral

    Adelaide Chamber Singers’ Late Night in the Cathedral concerts have been sell-out, local highlights of the Adelaide Festival in recent years.

  • Can You Hear Colour?

    Patch Theatre Company‘s new piece, is an exploration of what music is and an invitation to take time to listen.

  • Divided Worlds

    Divided Worlds presents an allegory of human society, one that meditates on the drama of the cosmos and evolution; on the past and the future; and on beauty and the environment.

  • WOMADelaide 2018

    A unique open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park, WOMADelaide is an award-winning celebration of the very best of the world of music, arts & dance.

  • Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change

    The public discourse has fallen into a mindlessly reductive conversation about our fellow Australians. In response, eleven, a national collective of leading Muslim contemporary artists have put together this, their first major exhibition.

  • Youssef Nabil: Selected Works

    GAGPROJECTS is proud to present selected works by internationally renowned artist, Youssef Nabil in his first solo exhibition in Australia.

  • Festival Forums

    With characteristic wit, perspicacity, and all the strengths of a good listener, David Marr will each day open up the Festival experience through the eyes of its artists.

  • Breakfast with Papers

    During the Festival, why not start your day with ideas?

  • Festival Friends

  • Festival Hospitality

  • Fast Fine Dines