Mad March in Ade­laide

They call March in Ade­laide ‘mad’, but don’t be de­terred: this is the time to go. Be­sides the amaz­ing weather, lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing good – cul­tur­ally speak­ing – hap­pens at once...

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ADE­LAIDE FES­TI­VAL Mar 2-18

If you like your art epic and Euro­cen­tric, you need to book tickets ASAP for Neil Arm­field and Rachel Healey’s 2018 pro­gram. Last year, Bar­rie Kosky’s opera Saul had sold out by early De­cem­ber. This year’s head­liner, Arm­field’s pro­duc­tion of Brett Dean’s opera Ham­let, seems likely to fol­low suit. àwww. ade­laide­fes­ti­val.com.au.

ADE­LAIDE FRINGE Feb16-mar 18

In Aus­tralia, this is the one Fringe to rule them all: it’s mas­sive and it brings the best Fringe the­atre, cabaret and cir­cus from around the world. The buzz on the streets is ir­re­sistible. Head to the Gar­den of Un­earthly De­lights precinct for a bite to eat and a drink, then take a punt on a show based on which­ever spruiker you like best. You will not be dis­ap­pointed. àwww. ade­laide­fringe.com.au.

ADE­LAIDE WRIT­ERS WEEK Mar 3-8

It’s not only Aus­tralia’s old­est writ­ers’ fes­ti­val, it’s also now our largest free lit­er­ary fes­ti­val. Add the pic­turesque lo­ca­tion on the banks of the River Tor­rens, and a line-up that in 2017 hosted heavy-hit­ters like Amer­i­can fem­i­nist Lindy West, po­lit­i­cal writer Thomas Frank and nov­el­ist Jane Smi­ley, and you gotta wish Mel­bourne did it like this. àwww. ade­laide­fes­ti­val.com.au.

WOMADELAIDE Mar 9-12

As fes­ti­vals pro­lif­er­ate, this re­mains one of the few of­fer­ings that’s both top flight and di­verse, with white male acts a mirac­u­lous mi­nor­ity. The line-up is only part of Wo­mad’s suc­cess, how­ever – and you don’t need to en­joy world mu­sic to have a good time. The real X fac­tor is the vibe: thor­oughly chilled out, friendly, and un­der-12s get in free. àwww. womadelaide.com.au.

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