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"The 2018 Adelaide Festival has been so rewarding to develop and deliver to audiences and we continue to be buoyed by the joyous response we have received from local audiences as well as our interstate and international visitors who now form such a central and enthusiastic part of our wider Festival family.

The opportunity fully to engage our community as participants in major performance events (Memorial; The Lost and Found Orchestra) has been thrilling, along with the opportunity to commission new work (XENOS; Spinifex Gum; Memorial), introduce major new artists to Australia (Cecile McLorin Salvant; Bronks; Youssef Nabil; Mats Staub), present large scale events (Hamlet; Kings of War; Grace Jones; human requiem) and offer works of real intimacy (Us/Them; AZZA; TAHA; Thyestes; Ukaria, Chamber Landscapes Series).

These and indeed all of the event shows in our program have, we sense, become greater than the sum of their parts – an opportunity to celebrate our extraordinary city and to be enriched by the great artists of our city, our country and our world.”

– Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield
Joint Artistic Directors