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Indigenous artists from all over Australia are in town this weekend for the opening of the multi-venue Tarnanthi Festival, which showcases the diversity of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Other events include a new art market in Victoria Square, the Port Festival, a State Opera double bill, a new Brink Productions show based on a story by Patrick White, the Iranian Film Festival, gigs by singer-songwriter Damien Leith and Adelaide beatmaker Oisima, the Full Moon Party in Rymill Park, and the Festival of Architecture.


Maringka Tunkin, Ken Sisters Collaborative, Seven Sisters, 2015, Tjala Arts, Amata, SA. Photo: John Montesi

Tarnanthi Festival

The work of more than 300 artists from across Australian is on display during the inaugural Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, including painting, photography, sculpture, jewellery, aromatic works of art, weaving, textiles, moving image and installations. There are exhibitions in 22 venues, such as the Art Gallery of SA, Samstag Museum, The Jam Factory, State Library and Tandanya. This weekend, Tandanya will host the Tarnanthi Art Fair, which features workshops and art stalls and offers a chance to meet artists. The festival continues until October 18, although some exhibitions run through to January. Read more in  InDaily’s festival preview and Art Gallery of SA director Nick Mitzevich’s column.

Victoria Square Art Market

This new market from 11am till 5pm on Sunday will showcase five feature artists – Emma Hack, Annabelle Collett, Simon (Store) Burt, Donovan Christie and Chris Gaston – as well as featuring stalls selling SA-designed hand-made jewellery, art objects and vintage clothing. The brainchild of Adelaide artist and DJ Driller Jet Armstrong, it will also have a bar, live music, food trucks and a kids’ zone.

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow – Space Theatre

Patrick White’s story Down at the Dump is brought to life in this new stage adaptation by Adelaide’s Brink Productions. The tale tells of two families – one spending the day at the dump, while the other attends a funeral – but at its heart are a pair of young dreamers taking their first steps towards love. Featuring a cast including Paul Blackwell and Kris McQuade, with live music by the Zephyr Quartet, it’s at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre from October 10-24. Read InDaily’s interview with director Chris Drummond here.

Port Festival


Taking place across Saturday and Sunday, the Port Festival encompasses live performance, exhibitions, markets, workshops, tours, history events, and cruising, sailing and kayaking opportunities. There’s also an artist and designers’ market showcasing the work of more than 40 artists, plus a Puppet Festival. Download the full program here.

State Opera Double Bill

Closing out its 2015 season, the State Opera presents a double bill today (Friday) and Saturday featuring Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne (sung in German) and Offenbach’s comic La Chanson De Fortunio (sung in French). The fully staged one-act operas begin at 7.30pm each night at the Opera Studio at 216 Marion Road, Netley. Details and bookings here.

Damien Leith & the Black Velvet Band – The Gov

Performed with a five-piece band, this show is described as both a play and a concert of classic Irish songs set in a pub, with Leith taking on the characters of a father and son catching up over a drink. Doors open at 7.30pm tonight (Friday). On Sunday at The Gov, Charmaine Jones will present an evening of gospel and jazz music influenced by ’70s band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Oisima – Nexus Arts


Adelaide beat-maker Oisima is known for blending contemporary soul with Middle Eastern influences, jazz, blues and bass. For tonight’s (Friday) show at Nexus Arts he will present a new composition created with traditional Javanese vocals and percussion from Ria Soemardjo and Noriko Tadano (pictured above) playing the Japanese shamisen (a three-stringed lute).

Zombie Walk and film screening

Prepare for the apocalypse: the zombies are returning to town on Saturday for the annual Adelaide Zombie Walk. Entertainment begins at 3pm in Rymill Park, with the walk at 7pm and an after-party from 8pm. And because you can never have too many zombies, Palace Nova Cinemas will screen the “black carpet premiere” of new Australian martial-arts/horror flick Zombie Ninjas vs Black Ops at 8pm.

Festival of Architecture

With the theme “Life on the Edge”, the Adelaide Festival of Architecture features more than 40 events such as architecture and design talks, forums, exhibitions, performing arts, children’s activities, guided walking tours and the Open House Adelaide program. This weekend’s events include a free “Fab Adelaide” walking tour; a show by comedian Rosso in which design, comedy and music collide at North Adelaide’s Walkley House; and guided tours of Z Ward at the former Glenside Mental Hospital. Full program details here.

Iranian Film Festival


Opening at the Mercury Cinema today (Friday), the weekend-long Iranian Film Festival comprises six features which explore contemporary life, ideas and themes. They include What’s the Time in Your World?, about the exploration of memory and personal history, and I am Diego Maradona (above), a dramedy about families from different social and economic levels. Details here.

Full Moon Party Music Festival

AsiaFest is presenting the first Full Moon Party Music Festival at Rymill Park on Saturday, with DJs including Havana Brown, Brooklyn, djbliss, Shawty and Leah Mencel. Promoters say the strictly-no-BYO event will replicate cultural elements of Thailand’s colourful Koh Phangan Full Moon Party.


Food and cultural festival Asiafest continues in Rymill Park this weekend, showcasing more than 20 of Adelaide’s restaurateurs in pop-up food stalls reflecting an Asian street market ambiance and the culinary delights of countries such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. There is also live entertainment, including comedy, music and dance.

Alfie – Holden Street Theatres


Playwright Bill Naughton’s story of the sexploits of modern-day Don Juan Alfie Elkins was first presented on stage in 1963 and became a screen hit a few years later when Michael Caine stepped into the lead role.   Now Matt Byrne Media is taking audiences back to the swinging ’60s with a new production of Alfie at Holden Street Theatres until October 24. Read our review here.

 Dirty Dancing – Festival Theatre

The classic ’80s film about a teenager seduced by both dance and the dance instructor while at a holiday resort with her family is brought to life in this touring stage production. It features catchy hits such as “Hungry Eyes”, “The Time of My Life” and “Dirty Dancing” alongside high-energy dance. Performances of Dirty Dancing continue at the Festival Theatre until November 1.

Dancers with Dirty Feet – Odeon Theatre

This independent dance production celebrates the 50th anniversary of Australian Dance Theatre and pays tribute to influential choreographer Eleo Pomare. Presented by ADT founding dancer Jennifer Barry and incorporating spoken word and archival footage, Dancers with Dirty Feet examines the birth of the company and Barry’s own experiences – including dancing with Pomare. It is at the Odeon Theatre in Norwood until October 10. Read InDaily review here.

Thailand Ladyboys Superstars Cabaret

More than 20 Thai Ladyboy cabaret performers star in this sequin and feather-filled show which blends cabaret, dance and comedy with lip-syncs performed to classic and contemporary songs. Shows continue under the Big Top in Bonython Park until October 17.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

Miss You Already
Blinky Bill the Movie



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