One of Australia’s largest international arts festivals, the Adelaide Festival, to open (Feb. 28 – Mar. 15, 2020)
A large-scale comprehensive arts festival founded in 1960. Its program features a wide variety of arts, from theater, music, dance, literature and visual arts to works for children and more, to be held between the dates of Feb. 28 - Mar. 15. Originally a biennale, the festival has been held annually since 2012. London’s alternative music festival Meltdown founder, David Sefton, served as artistic director until the year before last. From this year, Elaine Chia joins the artistic directors as the festival’s new executive director. Chia has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of the City Recital Hall in Sydney and has managed the Australian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The theater department of the 2020 festival will feature such productions as The Doctor, a new interpretation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play Professor Bernhardi directed by one of Britain’s leading young directors, Robert Icke, and a production of Mozart’s opera Requiem directed by Romeo Castellucci. Attention is also focused on the re-creation of Enter Achilles in a production co-presented with Ballet Rambert 24 years after it launched Britain’s DV8 Physical Theatre company to fame.
Believing in the potential for an arts festival in Adelaide through his involvement in the South Australia national theatre movement, journalist Sir Lloyd Dumas and Adelaide University music professor John Bishop enlisted the support of influential citizens to launch the festival in 1960 with a program of 105 performances (74 for adults and 31 for children) over the course of half a month. Held biennially on even numbered years, the Adelaide Festival and its concurrent Adelaide Fringe Festival grew to become one of Australia’s leading international arts festival events along with those in Sydney and Melbourne. Until 2016, London’s alternative music festival Meltdown founder, David Sefton, served as artistic director. From 2017, the artistic directors have been Neil Armfield AO and Rachel Healy, co-directed Sydney’s Belvoir St. Theatre. From 2020, Elaine Chia joins the artistic directors as the festival’s new executive director.
- Adelaide Festival