The 2013 Adelaide Festival marked the first year for Artistic Director David Sefton, revealing a remarkable lineup featuring 53 theatre, music, opera, dance, film and visual arts events, alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week, Unsound Adelaide and WOMADelaide. The 2013 festival ran from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 17.
A celebration of creative excellence, Adelaide Festival has been delivering the world’s most innovative artists, companies and productions to artists since launching in 1960.
2013 marked both the first year Adelaide Festival to occur annually, and the beginning of the world-renowned and respected David Sefton’s three-year tenure as Artistic Director. The 2013 program also included for the first time, a three-night ‘festival within a festival’. Unsound Adelaide presented international artists playing multi-dimensional electronic music.
Australian icon Paul Kelly and New Zealand’s Neil Finn opened the 2013 Adelaide Festival season with a free concert held in Elder Park which attracted 25,000 people.
Another highlight of the 2013 program was the screening of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey with live accompaniment from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and a 60-voice choir featuring Adelaide Chamber Singers. Celebrated for its technological realism and innovative special effects for its time – juxtaposed with the brilliant use of music from Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss and Gyorgy Ligeti – this made for an epic evening.
Headlining the theatre program for the 2013 Adelaide Festival was Grzegorz Jarzynam’s Nosferatu – inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula adaption. This psychological vampire thriller was presented by Warsaw based theatre company TR Warszawa.