Never mind Christmas, March seems to be the most wonderful time of the year in Adelaide. And with a later summer predicted this year, it couldn’t be a better time to be out and about in our beautiful city. Locals refer to this time of the year as “Mad March”. Here’s just a snippet of what is about to and has already hit us in Adelaide in March.
It’s already upon us – The Adelaide Fringe kicked off two weekends ago, and still has heaps of time to go. Running from 13th Feb to 15th March with a huge variety of funny, creative and unique shows to go along and see. The theme this year is Experience Something New. And the kids program really has something new for everyone, from various discos, circus theatrics and good old comedy shows, all at different venues dotted around the city.The hardest part is choosing what to see! And of course, for the grown ups out there, have a babysitter ready as there is no shortage of shows to take in for a fabulous night out. On a tight budget? Just wonder on down to the Garden of Unearthly Delights where you are sure to be entertained by the weird and the wonderful. The Garden, based in Rundle Park, has over 32 days and nights of over 1170 ticketed performances and over 30 free events Seriously there is entertainment everywhere – even at the traffic lights at the Greenhill/Fullarton Rd intersection. Not sure how those jugglers fit in with Fringe but they were entertaining nonetheless! For more information visit: www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
How’s this for a Fringe venue: The Royal Croquet Club. Now this is something really different. It graced us with it’s presence last year and is back bigger and better in 2015. If you have never been, it’s well worth a visit. The RCC is based at Victoria Square, right in the heart of the city. What is it? Do you have to play croquet? Well, no you don’t but you can if you want! It is an area filled with food, entertainment, a maze and even a waterfall swing. You can read more about it here: www.royalcroquetclub.com.au
The Adelaide Festival of Arts is where it all began. Running from the 27th Feb to 15 Mar, it showcases the most brilliant Australian and International theatre, music, dance and literature. Some of the highlights include music from Tim Burton movies by Danny Elfman, and Blinc, a huge light and sound installation not to be missed. The opening night (Fri 27th Feb) promises to be an unmissable Festival moment, with a huge Fork on the Road event followed by a switch on of Blinc at 9pm and a massive fireworks spectacular, making it a night to remember. “A free public event of unprecedented scale and significance, Blinc transforms Elder Park and surrounds into a giant spectacular outdoor digital art gallery, every night of the festival.”
Adelaide Writers’ Week is a festival within our festival. The program hosts renowned authors from all over the world and even features a fabulous kids weekend – a free event running for two days with stories, games, painting, printing and performances. Among those appearing is Ted Prior, creator of Grug! Adelaide Writers’ Week runs from 28 Feb – 5 Mar, with the Kids’ Weekend on Sat 28th Feb and Sun 1st Mar. For more information visit: www.adelaidefestival.com.au
Our beautiful Botanic Park is the setting for Womadelaide also known as, “The World’s Festival”. This is a magnificent festival, connecting us with the world of music, arts and dance. There will be seven stages, featuring dozens of performances, as well as workshops, Artist in Conversation, a kids zone and much much more. The program for 2015 promises to be “a feast for all ages”. It runs from Friday 6th Mar – Mon 9th Mar. Come for a day, stay for the weekend. For more information visit www.womadelaide.com.au
Last but certainly not least, for those that prefer their art on the road, in the form of very fast cars going around the track – It’s the Clipsal 500. Look, even if you don’t love the fast cars, the traffic congestions and the noise, the Clipsal is a great excuse to be late for work, to hear some amazing bands and to watch the city come alive with something completely different. This year sees the return of the Ferrari – with a Ferrari Supercar display and of course, the concerts are always quite amazing, and this year it’s the return of Cold Chisel to entertain the racegoers at the end. For more information on the packages, race times and music acts visit www.clipsal500.com.au
Seriously, there is no shortage of fun to be had in our beautiful city over the next month. Whether you are into comedy, art, music, cars, books or just like to people watch, now is the time to experience it all!