Adelaide Festival 2021 Program Has Landed

70 events, 10 world premieres, 14 Australian premieres, 18 events exclusive to Adelaide over 17 beautiful days and nights

The 2021 Adelaide Festival program, prepared over this past turbulent year under ever-changing circumstances, may just turn out to be one of the most necessary – and memorable.

Launched on Thursday 3 December at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, the 36th Adelaide Festival offers a total of 70 events in theatre, music, opera, dance, film, food and visual arts – including uniquely local programs Adelaide Writers’ Week, Chamber Landscapes at UKARIA and WOMADelaide – over 17 days from 26 February to 14 March.

10 world premieres, 14 Australian premieres, 18 events exclusive to Adelaide* will reaffirm the Festival as the benchmark for Southern-hemisphere cultural celebrations, while developing technologies and new program delivery methods will offer unique and unprecedented audience experiences.

The AF21 Opening event will feature a free concert by pop icon, actress, musician and songwriter Jessica Mauboy. The beloved, award-winning entertainer will perform at Adelaide Oval on the evening of Saturday 27 February.

In the tradition of The Workshop and The Palais in previous festivals, the 2021 Festival Club, dubbed The Summerhouse, will be the hub of the Festival and venue for its contemporary music program. The pop-up venue will emerge every year at Festival time adjacent to the northern side of the Festival Centre.


The Festival’s ‘Open House’ promotion makes attendance easier for more people, with access programs and affordable tickets:

Tix for Next to Nix – thanks to The Balnaves Foundation, 1,500 tickets have been set aside at $5 each, available to registered community groups and healthcare/pension cardholders.

Pay What You Can – healthcare/pension cardholders and students can name their own ticket price. Available shows will be announced on Friday 22 January with tickets to be collected 1 hour before curtain-up.


Thanks to the generosity of the Lang Foundation, special prices to eleven shows, plus online resources for teachers (with links to ACARA, SACE and IB) will create opportunities for students to develop as active and interrogative theatregoers and cultural critics.

Primary, secondary and full-time tertiary students will again have access to exclusive discounts to a huge range of Adelaide Festival shows. Discounted tickets can be purchased online or at any BASS outlet and collected by presenting student ID at the box office.

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