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“When the Adelaide Festival in 2012 went from being a biennial event to one that happens every March, this writer was among those who feared something special had been lost. The whole point was that the festival came around only every other year, and was reason for out-of-towners to make a special pilgrimage to Adelaide. If I still had any of those reservations, Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy, co-directors in Adelaide since 2017, have thoroughly banished them. The Adelaide Festival can’t come around soon enough. Their sophisticated, aspirational programming, their deep immersion in Australia’s cultural life and  understanding of their constituent audience has made the festival one of the vital conduits for Australia’s conversation with the wider world of performing arts.”
(The Australian)

For 59 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions.

2020 marks the fourth Adelaide Festival presented by Co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy.
Their first program for the 2017 Adelaide Festival saw all previous box office records broken and was a resounding success, repeated in 2018 with new record box office and attendance, and again in 2019. Neil and Rachel will also direct the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Adelaide Festival.

Adelaide Festival has shared Australia’s best new work along with some of the world’s great companies and artists including Grace Jones, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, John Zorn, Marlene Dietrich, Allen Ginsberg, James Thiérrée, Philip Glass, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Isabelle Huppert, Schaubühne Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Isabella Rossellini, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nina Simone, Jane Birkin and Malcolm McLaren.

Adelaide Festival is a member of Festivals Adelaide: representing Adelaide's ten major arts and cultural festivals.

Future Adelaide Festival dates
2020: 28 Feb - 15 Mar
2021: 26 Feb - 14 Mar

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“A marvellously free six-day event in a shady spot on the edge of the Torrens River.”
(Sydney Morning Herald)

Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations in a garden setting in Adelaide’s city centre. Each carefully selected program brings the world's most celebrated established and emerging writers together for a week that delights, surprises and enlightens audiences.

Each Adelaide Writers’ Week includes six days of free panel sessions that are presented live in the gardens, and made available online via podcast. The program also features a series of ticketed special events throughout the year, and the popular free Kids’ Weekend, which attracts hundreds of families for fun and engaging literary adventures.

Over the last 57 years, Adelaide Writers’ Week has seen some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers in conversation about literature, politics, poetry, current events, biography, the short story and so much more.

Future Adelaide Writers' Week dates
2020: 29 Feb - 5 Mar

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Festival Benefactors

As one of the world’s leading arts festivals, not many know that Adelaide Festival is also a registered charity. As such, your very generous support helps the Festival deliver an outstanding, world-class program each year.

Finding the funds required to achieve all our ambitions, whilst keeping the festival accessible to everyone is a real challenge. The vital support from individuals, trusts, foundations and corporate organisations goes a long way to bridge the gap. We depend on you, our committed audience members, to help us continue presenting inspiring work of the highest artistic rigour. Your support helps us commission new work from leading writers and composers and allows us to bring the world’s most exciting companies, performers, directors and creatives to Adelaide.

For more information please contact our Philanthropy Coordinator, Bernadette Woods on or 08 8216 4487.


The Chairman’s Circle

The Chairman’s Circle is a unique group of leading Adelaide Festival supporters whose influence, vision and direct engagement has had an immediate and measurable impact on the Festival’s program each year.

As a collective, the Chairman’s Circle annual investment directly supports one prestigious international work in the Festival program. The sponsored work is exclusive to the Adelaide Festival, and is announced at a special function hosted by the Chair in the lead up to the launch of the program. Members receive premium seating and hospitality on the opening night of this exclusive production.

In 2019, the Chairman's Circle has been supporting the utterly unique production of The Magic Flute. The sponsored work in 2018 was Hamlet, 2017 was the landmark production of Barrie Kosky’s Saul, and in 2016 The James Plays.

The Chairman’s Circle enjoys a close relationship with the Chair and other members of the Board, as leading supporters and advocates for the Adelaide Festival within the community.

Members of the Chairman’s Circle make an annual investment of $10,000, of which $8,000 is a tax-deductible donation. All members are personally acknowledged in the Festival Guide and in the program for the sponsored event (unless anonymity is requested).
For more information please contact our Philanthropy Manager, Sarah Killey on or 08 8216 4478.


Opera Donor Circle

Our opera donors have made an incredible contribution to the Adelaide Festival through supporting Saul in 2017, Hamlet in 2018 and The Magic Flute in 2019. The inclusion of a major opera as the centrepiece of the Festival has generated attention and excitement locally and nationally.

We want to continue to build on this momentum and deliver another outstanding opera in 2020, but a hallmark production is expensive to produce and we cannot deliver work of this calibre and breadth without the philanthropic support of the Opera Donor Circle.

Every contribution to the Opera Donor Circle is fully tax deductible.

For more information please contact Bernadette Woods, Philanthropy Coordinator, on or 08 8216 4478.
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Our partnering strategy is tailored to suit the desired outcomes of each sponsoring organisation. Whether you want to share in our community spirit or achieve tangible business outcomes, we invite you to take part. More info: Contact Business Development Manager Kirilea Salomone at or ph (08) 8216 4444
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Staff and Board
The Adelaide Festival would not exist each year without its board and team of administration, finance, marketing, production and programming staff. For the full staff list visit

Are you looking for a career in the arts? Check back here throughout the year to learn about our job vacancies and placement opportunities.
More info: or ph (08) 8216 4444

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Register your interest to be part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival of Arts. Visit or ph (08) 8216 4444
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Adelaide Festival is committed to providing Access for all to its internationally acclaimed program of works and has become an Australian benchmark for best practice in accessibility.

Access initiatives during Adelaide Festival includes Auslan interpreted shows and sessions, as well as touch tours, audio description, braille support, wheelchair access and companion card offers to both Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Writers' Week events.The festival also has a Pay What You Can ticketing scheme for healthcare, pensioner and student cards for top selling festival highlights.
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Phone: +61 (0) 8 8216 4444
Fax: +61 (0) 8 8216 4455
Email: info[at]
Post: PO Box 8221 Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
ABN: 70 858 344 347
National Relay Service: 133677 then 08 8216 4444 or online
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Anthea Hagar
Phone: +61 (08) 8216 4444
Email: media[at]

Permission granted to reproduce content for personal and educational use only. Any content which is used or shared outside of this website must be attributed to Adelaide Festival at all times. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited. Unless otherwise stated, all images (including all background images, icons and illustrations) on this website are copyrighted by their original owners.
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  1. Our commitment to your privacy

Adelaide Festival Corporation is the organiser of the Adelaide Festival.

This policy reflects our commitment to ensuring that our collection, holding, use and disclosure of information complies with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Act), in particular, the National Privacy Principles set out in Schedule 3 of the Act.

You can download a copy of the Act here:

  1. Personal Information

The Act provides that “personal information” means information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.

We take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information we hold from misuse, loss and unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.

  1. Collection, use and disclosure of personal information

3.1 Information for customers
3.1.1 Collection of your personal information

When you purchase your tickets to an Adelaide Festival event, in person, over the phone or online from third parties such as ticketing agencies (for example, BASS) or our hired venues, they collect your personal information, including your:

  • Name
  • Residential address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email address
  • Details of the performance you are buying tickets to
  • Date of birth
  • Credit card details

The terms of your third parties’ privacy policies apply to their collection, holding, use, and disclosure of your personal information. Those policies can usually be found on their websites.

Unless you tell them otherwise, the third parties will share your name, contact details and other personal information with us. Our privacy policy applies to our collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information, once it is disclosed to us by the third party.

Please note: Adelaide Festival is not given your credit card details by our ticketing agencies or our hired venues.

Use of your personal information

Our ticketing agencies and hired venues use your personal information in order to deliver your ticket, process your payment arrangements, contact you in the case of cancellation or major disruption of an event and replace lost tickets.

In general, the purpose for which we collect your personal information include:

  • Placing you on mailing lists either electronically or postal
  • To inform you of activities, events and products that may be of interest to you, including festival news or upcoming events
  • Submitting entries to events or competitions
  • To assist with enquiries you may have about the festival
  • To maintain our business records
  • To seek donations or sponsorship
  • To carry out transactions with you, such as to process payments and donations received by you
  • Any purpose that you would otherwise reasonably expect

If you no longer wish to receive marketing information from us, you can also contact our Executive Director (see section 6 below). Please allow 30 days for amendment of our records.

An unsubscribe facility is enabled with any broadcast email correspondence.

We also use your information, in anonymous form, for statistical purposes, to gain a better understanding of our audience.

3.1.2 Disclosure of your personal information

We may disclose your personal information to other organizations which provide us with marketing services, information technology services, or other services relating to our events.

We may also disclose your personal information if authorized or required to do so by law (for example, where we are required to disclose your personal information to a court in response to a subpoena).

We will not disclose your personal information for any other purpose without your consent.

3.1.3 Your right to anonymity

Where it is lawful and practicable to do so, you may undertake business with us without providing personal information. For example, you may purchase tickets to a Adelaide Festival event by cash payment, in person, over the counter, without providing personal information.

3.2 Information for business associates

3.2.1 Collection of your personal information

We may collect your personal information, including your:

  • Name
  • Employer
  • Work contact details including your email address
  • Personal contact details such as your phone number

in person, over the telephone, by fax, or by email in order to undertake our daily artistic and administrative operations.

For example, we may have your contact details if you are our “point of contact” within an organization with which we do business.

3.2.2 Use of your personal information

We will only use your personal information for the business purpose for which it was collected.

3.2.3 Disclosure of your personal information

We will only disclose your personal information if necessary to achieve the business purpose for which it was collected.

3.3 Information for job applicants (including volunteers)

If you are applying for a job with us, you may be required to provide us with certain personal information, including your:

  • Name
  • Residential address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone numbers
  • Email address
  • Employment history
  • Educational background

This information may be collected in your interactions with Adelaide Festival in person, over the telephone, by fax or email, as part of, or in relation to, your job application.

In considering your information, we may also collect information about you from the referees you nominate in your application.

3.3.2 Use of your personal information

We will only use your personal information for the purposes of considering your application and, if successful, your employment.

3.3.3 Disclosure of personal information

In considering your application, it may be necessary for us to disclose some of your personal information to third parties in order to verify the accuracy of that information.

We will disclose only such information as is necessary in the circumstances.

3.4 Information for website users

3.4.1 Collection of your personal information

Our website uses "cookies", which are pieces of data that are placed on your web browser containing details about your use of our website.

We use cookies to analyse user activity to improve the website. For example, to look at aggregate patterns like the average time users spend on different pages.

We may also use cookies to track your browsing habits on our website, and we may include that information in our systems alongside other personal information we may hold about you.

You can read more about how Google uses data sent from our website by visiting How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps

3.1.2 Remarketing to website visitors

We use remarketing services, such as Google AdWords Remarketing, to advertise Adelaide Festival online.

Remarketing services will display ads to you based on what parts of the Adelaide Festival website you have viewed by placing a cookie on your web browser.

Remarketing services allow us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs and only display ads that are relevant to you.

If you do not wish to see ads from Adelaide Festival you can opt out in several ways:

  1. Opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ads Settings.
  2. Opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

3.4.3 Third party sites

Sometimes our website contains links to third party websites, for your convenience and information.

When a user has clicked on a link to another site, they leave the Festival site and are no longer protected by the Adelaide Festival Corporation Privacy conditions. We recommend that you review the privacy policies for each website you visit.

3.5 information for Adelaide Festival social media followers

Any information posted on Adelaide Festival’s social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or communicated in chat areas becomes public information. While we strive to protect and respect your privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose via social media, a chat room or bulletin board.

We use aggregate information from our Facebook and Twitter accounts to better understand our audience, and answer your queries.

  1. Access to personal information

To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you, please contact our privacy officer (see section 6 below).

You will be required to complete and submit an access form.

You will also be required to provide proof of your identity. If you are applying by:

  • Post, email or fax – you must attach a certified copy of your identification to the access form;
  • In person – you must produce the relevant information to the privacy officer.

Documents that provide sufficient proof of your identity are:

  • Your current driver’s license;
  • The identifying page of your current passport;
  • Your birth certificate; or
  • A statutory declaration by an individual who has known you for at least one year.

We will not charge you to access your personal information.

  1. Correction of personal information

We take all reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we collect, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date.

However, the accuracy of that personal information depends to a large extent on the information you provide to us. To help ensure the accuracy of the personal information we hold about you, please inform the Privacy Officer (see section 6 below) if:

  • You become aware of any errors in the personal information we hold about you; or
  • There are any changes to your personal information, such as changes to your name, address or other contact details.

Please allow 30 days for amendment of our records.

  1. Contact Us

For further information about the personal information we hold about you, access to or correction of that information, or for any other privacy queries or complaints, please contact our Executive Director via:

Telephone: (08) 8216 4444
PO Box 8221 Station Arcade, ADELAIDE, SA 5000

  1. Changes to this privacy policy

We reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time and to notify our customers, business associates and job applicants by posting an updated version of the policy on our website.

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Purchasing Tickets

For the full conditions of sale when purchasing tickets from BASS to Adelaide Festival events, please visit the following link:

  Competitions and Give-Aways via the website and/or the E-Newsletter or festival surveys

For competitions/giveaways through which entrants must answer a specific question, unless otherwise stated in the premise: a winning entry/entries will be drawn at random; the first entry/entries drawn containing the correct answer will win. For competitions/giveaways through which entrants must provide a response, unless otherwise stated in the premise, a winning entry/entries will be chosen by a panel representing the Adelaide Festival based on creativity, originality and adherence to the brief, at the discretion of Adelaide Festival Corporation.

The Adelaide Festival Corporation may compile and publish entries and/or responses to online competitions.  In such cases, Adelaide Festival will not publish any  entrants' personal information unless specifically instructed to do so in writing by the competition entrant. By entering any Adelaide Festival competition and/or give-away, the entrant warrants that the submission (and any part thereof) is their own work, or that they have any permissions necessary from the owner of the material to reproduce and distribute the work, and gives permission for Adelaide Festival to publish this content through its social media, website and E-Newsletter.

All competitions/giveaways for which entrants must not submit a specific answer or response, winner(s) will be chosen at random.

All prizes/giveaways are non-transferable. By entering an Adelaide Festival competition, all entrants expressly agree to these terms and conditions.

  Leaving comments on the website

We welcome you to leave comments on our website. All comments will go through a moderation process by Adelaide Festival; they will not be published immediately. We are not obligated to post any comment submitted and not obligated to justify any decision.

  • If you quote someone or use their ideas or theories, please let us know who they are! Referencing is cool.
  • We won’t publish anything that is (or could be reasonably expected to be): defamatory to any person or thing; racially or religiously vilifies, incites violence or hatred; is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any physical or mental disability.
  • We won’t publish anything which advertises or promotes goods or services that are not directly related, or in context to the discussion taking place.

The views expressed in comments areas are not our views, nor the views of any of our stakeholders. We accept no liability in respect of any material posted in the comments areas. We are not responsible for its content and accuracy.

If you think that a comment that has been posted is offensive please email, include a link to the page on which the comment resides and state your reasons for objecting to it.



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This website contains information provided by third parties. You should be aware that there may be technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, programming bugs or computer viruses in this website or its content.

Access to this web site is provided on the condition that:

(i) To the full extent permitted by law, Adelaide Festival will be under no liability to any person in respect of any loss or damage (including consequential loss or damage) which may be suffered or incurred or which may arise directly or indirectly from or in connection with any use of this website or of the information on or accessed through this website for whatever reason (including negligence).

(ii) Where any statute implies any term in relation to your use of this website and that statute prohibits any exclusion or modification of that term, then that term is included. However, the liability of Adelaide Festival for breach of any such term will be limited to resupply of the services that comprise this website.

Any information contained within this site about any subject matter whosoever is of a general nature only and is not intended to be complete or definitive. You should obtain professional advice before taking any action in relation to any matter referred to on this site.
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