Adelaide Festival announces new ‘pop-up’ entertainment center

The Adelaide Festival has announced its new center – The Summerhouse – which will host fifteen contemporary headlining artists, big screen operas, breakfasts with papers and festival forums throughout the festival. Adelaide 2021 from Thursday February 25 to Sunday March 14.

Designed to ‘appear’ on the drop of land between the Adelaide Festival Theater and the Dunstan Playhouse, the lightweight, removable pavilion – based on crisscrossing circles offering an auditorium and a Crescent Bar overlooking the river – will be open from dawn until dawn. twilight until midnight.

The Summerhouse program offers 40 free and paid issues involving over 130 performers and special guests over 18 days and nights. Transforming its appearance from an early morning breakfast sanctuary into a bustling lunchtime debate center, a must-see pre-show hangout, into a live music hotspot; he is called to become the new beating heart of the Adelaide Festival.

Co-Artistic Director Rachel Healy notes that “we wanted to create something very special, a ‘center’ of the Festival that will surprise us again and again over the next three years. We are incredibly aware of our community’s eagerness to reconnect, this is a primary human need, especially after a period of prolonged isolation. Whether it’s tasting Arenberg wine, Archie Rose gin or Coopers at the Crescent Bar with the summer breeze from the Crescent Bar, watching live music in front of a cityscape in the evening, or taking part in the staple of debates and daytime interviews, the Summerhouse is a place to come together with friends and neighbors, spirited musicians, deep thinkers and artists.

Co-Artistic Director Neil Armfield added “Amidst the beauty of the Torrens and the parks, it will breathe light and life and provide a place of fun, reflection and stimulation: there really is something for everyone.

“There are so many highlights, but must-see shows include Hip Hop Finale, four young men on top of the current wave of new Indigenous voices that are shaking up Australian hip-hop culture. We also have X Factor champion Dami Im, The Shaolin Afronauts playing the Mad Max 2 movie soundtrack and The Tarantinos from Melbourne playing the Pulp Fiction movie soundtrack.

“We are delighted to have Mo’Ju put on a superb live performance and we must also mention Paul Grabowsky – former director of our 2010 and 2012 festivals – back to perform with his fellow jazz Vince Jones, and also with the Torrio jazz ‘supergroup’!

Popular artists Vinyl Destination, Jaguar Jonze, Prince: A Tribute by Late Nite Tuff Guy, San Cisco and the Grabowsky & Jones collaboration are evolving quickly and will certainly be full.

Still in the Festival tradition, the club serves as a stimulating and friendly place for lunch and breakfast activities. with Tom Wright and a panel of informed guests at 8am daily; and with David Marr in must-see behind-the-scenes conversations with guest artists – two free events.

Not a Festival Club tradition – and well a sign of the times – the Summerhouse is also the venue for the sold-out big-screen live streaming of the grand opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Sunday, February 28.

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