Even as the Adelaide Festival and Fringe draw to a close, there is something for everyone around the state this weekend.
Whats On: Festival finale and more weekend events
The Hills are alive with art
Art meets nature in the 9th Palmer Sculpture Biennial, with sculptures by 27 local, national and international artists spread across a 160ha property on Davenport Road near Palmer, on the way to Mannum. The official opening on Saturday, March 14, will feature live music from 4-7pm by singers including The Yearlings and Kelly Menhennett. The biennial continues until April 12.
Festival high note
The 2020 Adelaide Festival will end on a high with American composer Missy Mazzoli’s contemporary opera based on director Lars von Trier’s 1996 arthouse film Breaking the Waves. The Scottish Opera production is being presented at the Festival Theatre tonight and again on March 15, with the original cast, orchestra and chorus.
Chill out with your four-legged friend to the sounds of South Australian blues and roots performers at Dogapalooza on Sunday, March 15. The dog-friendly music festival, at Millswood’s Orphanage Park, will have vegan food on offer, as well as dog demonstrations, a dog wash and animal-friendly stalls. The event benefits animal rescue and advocacy organisations.
Float on by
Head to the river for the Purnong Water Regatta on March 14 and 15. Try canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, wakeboarding and barefoot skiing. Or get competitive with relay races and tug-of-war. You’ll see dragon boating and other demonstrations, and Floatfest will host Canoe the Coorong on Sunday, in the lead up to a world record attempt at rafting together the most canoes and kayaks on water at one time.
Feast by the beach
Support the LGBTIQ community in a family-friendly celebration of all things queer, with Semaphore’s Feast on the Foreshore, on Sunday, March 15. Bring a picnic rug and join the fun, with dog competitions, local food vendors and artisan stalls. The celebrations will be on from 11am to 5pm along the esplanade.
Ceberano & Co
Perennial Adelaide favourite Kate Ceberano returns to the Adelaide Fringe for two Ceberano & Co shows in the Fortuna Spiegeltent at the Garden of Unearthly Delights on Sunday. If you’re in the mood for more music, Australian folk band Things of Wood and Stone are also playing a show in the Garden on Saturday night.
Doors are open
The recently-opened AIARTS Gallery (Australian and International Arts) at Belair is set for their 2020 program, including a photographic exhibition, opening Sunday, March 15. Views of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre in Flood will show at the space, which was purpose-built as a visual art gallery with high ceilings and carefully placed windows to allow just the right natural light to flood through. Director, Angelika Tyrone has had experience curating exhibitions and managing arts and cultural projects.
In a treat for classical music lovers, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler 5 / Adès pairs contemporary composer Thomas Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths – commissioned for British soloist Anthony Marwood (pictured) – with Mahler’s epic fifth symphony. Nicholas Carter will conduct two performances of the Adelaide Festival concert at the Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday.
Holding a tune
Melodies in the Park will bring live performances to Joslin Reserve on Saturday, March 14. There will be children’s performances, then the Aaron Deanshaw Quartet with well-known classics and local band Elevate will finish the show. Then, on Saturday, April 4, Symphony in the Park brings a complete orchestra to Richards Park in Norwood. Fusion Pops — Adelaide’s only pop symphony — will perform hits from the ’60s and modern day.