7 things to see at the Adelaide Festival

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The Adelaide Fringe festival started on Friday 16 February but this Friday 2 March the Adelaide Festival itself starts.

From 2 to 18 March you can watch theatre, listen to authors speak about their novels, listen and dance to world music or to jazz and see French video installations.

Below is a list of the 7 things that we recommend at this year’s Adelaide Festival.

1. the far side of the moon

Robert LePage has been called a Québécois theatre genius and he is bringing his work “The Far Side of the Moon” to Australia after having been performed in 45 cities around the world. It’s a story of two brothers who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other who reunite with the space race of the 1970s. On from 2 to 7 March.

2.. The Great War

Hotel Modern, Dutch theatre and animation company is presenting their play “The Great War”. The script has been based on interviews with veterans and diaries and letters from soldiers, in particular those of a French soldier. While the soldier speaks of the horrors of the war and the mundanity of life in the trenches, the performers will bring his words to life in miniature animation. You can see it from 8 to 11 March.

3. The triplets of belleville

Benoît Chares, the Oscar nominated composer of the soundtrack to the French film “Les Triplets de Belleville“, will bring the soundtrack and the film to life with a live orchestral performance of the film score while the film is played on the big screen. On 14 and 15 March.

4. writers’ week

Canadian author, Louise Penny is best known for her Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She writes in English but her stories are always set in Quebec and her characters are québécois and as such francophone. You can see her on 4 March at 9:30am.

French author David Foenkinos will also be at Writer’s Week. His novel “Charlotte” has won the Prix Renaudot and le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and has been translated into 19 languages! He will speak about his novel on 7 mars at 10:45am.

5. WOMADelaide

WOMADelaide (World of Music and Dance) will take place over the long weekend from the evening of Friday 9 March to Monday 12 March. While a festival in its own right, it is officially under the umbrella of the Adelaide Festival. Here’s some info about the line-up for WOMAD. We will also be publishing interviews with some of the francophone artists over the coming weeks.


Jazz singer born in Miami but to French and Haitian parents will perform one concert exclusively at the Adelaide Festival. See her on 17 March.


The Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide will be transformed by video projections created by French graphic designers Antoine et Manuel. Only on 16 and 17 March.

Are you going to see any of these shows at the Adelaide Festival?

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