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Plenty to see and do in Adelaide this Winter

Posted by Craig Leverenz on 1 August 2014

There might still be a month left of winter, but there’s plenty of hot things to see and do in Adelaide.

Philip Glass Trilogy

The State Opera of South Australia (SOSA) will once again make history when it presents the world premiere of the State’s biggest single arts event this year, the thrilling Philip Glass Trilogy. The Trilogy will be held at the beautifully refurbished Her Majesty’s Theatre over 5 to 23 August. Considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th Century, Glass wrote these three fascinating biographical operas (Akhnaten, Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha) with a common theme; men who changed the world through the power of ideas.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents: Our Don

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents the world premiere of Our Don, a new multimedia musical portrait for orchestra with narration. Composed by Natalie Williams with narration by actor Gary Sweet, interwoven with stunning archival video, and words by Bradman biographer, Peter Allen, this specially commissioned score celebrates Sir Donald Bradman’s life as a national hero and Australian icon. One very special show only, 14 August 2014. 

Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala is, quite simply, the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. Passionate, profound, and immensely proud of his Spanish gypsy heritage, El Cigala has been called “the Sinatra of flamenco.” Diego's first ever Australian tour comes to Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on 27 August 2014 for one show only. 

Barossa Gourmet Weekend

From 15 to 17 August 2014 you are invited to come and celebrate the much anticipated Barossa... Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend in one of the world's great gastronomic playgrounds, the Barossa, located just over an hour’s drive north of Adelaide. With over 35 events, this three day festival is a true feast for your food, wine and music senses. Family fun days, evening events, long lunches, cooking classes and wine master-classes highlight a program overflowing with food and wine experiences. Immerse yourself in the flavours of the 2014 Barossa... Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend.

Dinner in the Dark

South Australia's inaugural Dinner in the Dark will be a culinary experience like no other. Held on 15 August 2014, close your eyes, open your mind and let your tastebuds take you on a journey through a gastronomic wonderland - all in the dark. Enjoy a five course degustation menu including a mystery course. Matching wines from premium Adelaide Hills wineries.

Winter Food and Wine Festival

Come and experience the incredible diversity of South Australia's wine and produce offering at the Winter Food and Wine Festival at the National Wine Centre on 24 August 2014. You’ll have the opportunity to taste more than 30 different wines, ciders and beers from McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Barossa. You can join an exclusive wine tasting master class with a regional winemaker and visit the 'Market Home Base' where you'll find a range of Farmers Markets providores showcasing their fresh, seasonal and local produce. 

State Theatre Company of South Australia: The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity, has been delighting audiences for over 100 years. Grand dame of the Australian theatre Nancye Hayes (Metro Street) returns to the State Theatre Company to bring the formidable and acidic Lady Bracknell to life, alongside the elastic and hilarious Nathan O’Keefe (The Comedy of Errors, Hedda Gabler) as Algernon. Season runs from 25 July to 16 August 2014.


The number one party musical Grease is returning to Adelaide in a new multi-million dollar production. It's got groove, it's got meaning and it's burning up the quarter mile! Packed with explosive energy and with an all-star cast, Grease returns in a live production that's truly electrifyin', for a limited season at The Festival Theatre 3 to 24 August 2014. 

Urban Myth Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet

Urban Myth's Senior Ensemble are some of the state's most exciting young performers on the verge of their professional training. In 2013 they brought you an exhilarating production of Macbeth and in 2014 Adelaide audiences will be delighted by Shakespeare's classic love tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Artistic Director Glenn Hayden, Romeo and Juliet will be a must for all theatre lovers. Running from 13 to 23 August at the Goodwood Institute Theatre, this classic is bargain theatre at only $25 per person.

Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition

Come down to the State Library on the weekend of 16 and 17 August as the forecourt is transformed into a real-life World War One base camp as part of the Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition. You can try your own soldier’s ration-pack lunch, hear trench stories and see a life size mannequin horse and rider and learn how they were dressed in preparation for battle. There will also be guided walks and lectures for Remember Me: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt exhibition, a poignant photographic exhibition showcasing soldiers in the French town of Vignacourt which features at the State Library of South Australia from 5 August to 19 October. 

Art Gallery of South Australia exhibitions: Dorrit Black and Mortimer Menpes

Adelaide born Dorrit Black (1891-1951) is one of Australia’s most important modern artists and was at the forefront of bringing modern art to Australia from Europe in 1929. The exhibition Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces is the largest retrospective ever staged of the artist’s work and is the first exhibition in nearly forty years to reassess Dorrit Black’s contribution to the story of Australian art. 

The World of Mortimer Menpes exhibition pays tribute to the artistic works of Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938), South Australia’s first artist to have an international career. The exhibition is the first museum retrospective of Menpes’ work and sheds new light on his artistic practice. It includes his paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics – and is supported by archival photographs and material. Both exhibitions run throughout August until 7 September 2014 and admission is free.

The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo

From 15 to 17 August The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo will feature Australian and international artists showcasing their skills with live tattooing for both pre-booked appointments and walk-ups. The Expo will also roll out a jam-packed program of entertainment including a pin-up pageant, a Girls of Ink modelling competition, burlesque performances and airbrushing demonstrations.

Event information courtesy of the Government of South Australia