The Arrival of Adelaide Festival: the impetus for arts in Australia:
If the Adelaide Festival had a love language, it would be sharing curiosity.
Another popular addition in 2008 was Northern Lights (now illuminate Adelaide), a spectacular display of coloured-light artwork projected onto Adelaide’s distinctive architecture.
For the last five years, the program has been fiercely guarded and curated by directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy, which is the benchmark that has preceded them for what is now 62 years of running.
Anew, and aptly preceded in experience, British arts leader Ruth Mackenzie has been appointed as the Adelaide Festival’s 2023 Artistic Director. As former director of the London Olympics and Artistic Director for the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet, she aims to reinforce the festival’s role in the arts to challenge and question our society.
Despite the pandemic having an impact on many creative events, Blake Gilchrist, Executive Producer and Curator at Adelaide Festival says it has reverberated change to the festival.
“The audience of the Adelaide Festival has always been inspired by the innovative, and the program has evolved to include critical or global crisis events – to engage and invite discussion among the audience. Platforms have also evolved, to include soundscapes, video streaming and virtual reality to become even more accessible and approachable for all tastes and curiosities,” says Gilchrist.
The world knows Adelaide is synonymous with the arts. Visitors marvel at it – but residents become part of it.
Munaintyanangku, tunturri. (Always was, always will be)