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.