2019 Adelaide Festival

This year’s Festival program is huge in scope. There are more than 70 events across music, opera, dance and theatre. For 17 days and nights we are going to be treated to work by some of the greatest artists and writers from 35 countries around the world.

02.03.2019

Acknowledgements

  • Members of the Federal and South Australian Parliaments
  • Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor
  • Judy Potter, Chair of the Adelaide Festival
  • David Minnear, Chair of the Adelaide Fringe
  • Colin Dunsford, Chair of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • John Irving, Chair of State Opera,
  • Festival Co-Directors, Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield
  • Other guests
  • Ladies and Gentlemen
  • Mums and Dads
  • Boys and Girls

Welcome

I acknowledge we are meeting on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and I respect their spiritual relationship with their country.

I also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting from other areas of our State and the rest of Australia.

Speech

Thank you, Auntie Georgina, for your welcome.

Well, what a magnificent crowd.

With this Opening Concert of the Adelaide Festival this evening, we see our city come alive in the most extraordinary way.

Along with Adelaide Writers’ Week, WOMADelaide and the Fringe, welcome to ‘Mad March.’

This is a time when we not only celebrate the arts but showcase our beautiful city itself to the rest of the nation and the world.

Just this week, in fact, I hosted a number of European Ambassadors at events showcasing South Australia’s incredible art and cultural scene.

For 17 days and nights we are going to be treated to work by some of the greatest artists and writers from 35 countries around the world.

From Portugal, England, Iran, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, USA, South Africa and many more.

This year’s Festival program is huge in scope.

There are more than 70 events across music, opera, dance and theatre.

The critical mass of the Festival, Writers’ Week, WOMADelaide and the Fringe, make Adelaide second in the world to Edinburgh as the greatest international celebration of the arts.

In Australia, Adelaide accounts for 50 percent of attendances at all our nation’s Festivals.

Our events remain phenomenally successful.

And tonight, I invite you to enjoy another one.

An unforgettable experience for you and your family.

A fitting and celebratory opening to the 2019 Adelaide Festival.

What you are about to experience is a wondrous journey through nature as captured by National Geographic and accompanied by brilliantly evocative and powerful music.

I offer my thanks and congratulations to Neil, Rachel, Rob and Torben Brookman, Chair Judy Potter, the Festival Board, all the Festival’s hard-working staff and, of course, the hundreds of participating artists.

I’m confident South Australia is ready to embrace another outstanding Festival.

Like me, I’m sure you can’t wait to see the next 17 days unfold.

I encourage all South Australians to get out and sample this truly extraordinary program.

And now it’s my very great pleasure to introduce to the stage our exceptional creative team – Co-Artistic Directors of the Festival -  Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield.

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