The main festival that surrounds all the other festivals, get your culture hit and see some of the best artists and musicians in Aus over three weeks of incredible, immersive experiences to keep all ages entertained and excited.
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The Adelaide Festival Concert is back this year, with legendary Tim Minchin leading this free show. There will definitely be some naughty words coming from the kind-hearted musician, so you may want to have your hands at the ready to cover little ears, but expect a tune or two from Matlida the Musical (with songs written by Minchin,) and some laughter guaranteed.
Bring along a picnic rug and plenty of snacks to keep even the hangriest person laughing along to a hilarious night of music. This is a alcohol-free event, with plenty of space on the oval for a little boogie along to the music.
Australia’s public art elder, John Kaldor, has been forming stunning interactive artworks for decades, and he does not disappoint with this custom made doll house. Walk into a life-sized dolls house that you can touch and feel, Kaldor's interactive artworkss have been inspiring Aussies of all ages to connect with art in new ways. The exhibit is also right in the heart of Rundle Mall, so you won't need to wander far to stare in wonder in awe at this strange and surreal home.
Another fully immersive art installation, The Lighthouse is described as 'part installation, part scientific quest, part rave,' and that's ticking all the boxes for us! Bookings are essential as you're guided through five rooms with light installations, flickering pixels, musical performance, all created to be interacted with. Paint with light and move your body to the sound of strings all while in mall groups over a 1 hour tour.
The funky sister to the main event, fringe is where you’ll find up-and-coming artists, cheap as chips tickets, and everything strange, magical and wonderful.
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Plonk the kids down and let the team from Laughing Horse Comedy (of the Edinburgh & Brighton Fringe,) entertain with a different line-up of comdians, sketch acts, street-performers, magicians and a whole bunch more all performing for a younger audience. Selected throughout the week to perform, this tailor-made hour of fun runs from 4-5pm each Saturday, so you can head off to grab a bit right after it wraps up with no hassle at all!
Missed the Dodecalis Lumarium in Sydney Festival? Experience Adelaide’s answer! The incredible inflatable dome will transport you to a place where time and colours shift and change meaning the longer you spend inside. Running the duration of the festival, the Luminarium is the perfect way to fill some spare time for a truly immersive experience.
A fully immersive and interactive race against time across the city, 80 Days gives you 80 minutes to solve puzzles, meet strange and exciting character, and race to meet the train before it departs with the final solution to the puzzle! If you've got some younger ones, you'll need to give them a helping hand every now and again (you need a smartphone to play.) With plenty of excitement to be found in this adventure, this all-ages adventure is too good to miss!
If you have an Concession Card (and yes that includes school student cards,) you’ll get discounted tickets at this event, so make sure to have some ID on you to save that $$$ for a snack later!
Just in case two festivals running at the same time wasn’t enough to fill your schedule, the Adelaide Writer’s Week runs from 29 February – 5 March, with a Kid's Day on 29 February. Not to get you too excited, but Andy Griffiths (of The Day my Bum Went Psycho fame) is headling with an interactive 130-Storey Treehouse session!
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If you haven’t heard of WOMADelaide, where have you been?! This iconic festival has a great line-up, as always, celebrating music arts and dance. Catch Aldous Harding, Briggs, Odette, Kate Miller-Heidke and so many more stunning acts over four stunning, inspiring days, and the best bit? There's a dedicated Kidzone where the littlies can play without needing to miss the best acts. All of this...just a short trip from our Adelaide Central YHA!