On the map

Cul­ture has al­ways reigned in the South Aus­tralian cap­i­tal – now food, wine, fash­ion and tech­nol­ogy are also win­ning ac­claim.


Ade­laide has var­i­ously been crowned the City of Churches and the Festival City, has been cited as an in­no­va­tion cap­i­tal, and was listed as one of the top 10 most live­able cities in the world. And now the South Aus­tralian cap­i­tal is be­com­ing a fash­ion­able des­ti­na­tion and a bustling hub of Aus­tralian cul­ture and tech­nol­ogy.

Fes­ti­vals of film, mu­sic and com­edy have long dom­i­nated the cul­tural land­scape and a bur­geon­ing In­dige­nous arts scene is con­tin­u­ing to help show­case the south­ern state’s bril­liantly di­verse and cre­ative artis­tic com­mu­nity.

The food and wine re­gions of the Barossa and McLaren Vale em­braced sus­tain­able pro­duce long be­fore it was part of the Zeit­geist and en­ticed many to the tourism mecca of pic­turesque hills, coast and desert re­gions. Then award-win­ning restau­rant Orana, re­cently crowned Aus­tralia’s restau­rant of the year, ce­mented Ade­laide on the international culi­nary map.

On the sar­to­rial front we have watched Ade­laide­based cou­turier and for­mer Young Aus­tralian of the Year Paul Vasileff, de­signer of Paolo Se­bas­tian, qui­etly cre­at­ing his own fairy­tale from the South Aus­tralian cap­i­tal over the past decade, while mod­els such as cover star Adut Akech and Lily Nova flew the Ade­laide fash­ion flag on the international run­ways.

Here, Ade­laide’s self-styled king of fash­ion Chris Kon­tos, cre­ative di­rec­tor of the Ade­laide Fash­ion Festival, rec­om­mends the best in his home town.

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