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What’s on: Australia Day and beyond


Upcoming events, including Australia Day activities in the city and at the bay, Survival Day at Semaphore, theatre, music, movies and more.

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Australia Day

In the City: Following the annual Australia Day parade (beginning at 6pm in Victoria Square), singer-songwriter Samantha Jade will headline a free concert in Elder Park which will also feature Melbourne four-piece pop-rock band Masketta Fall and a fireworks display at 9.28pm. Details here.

At the Bay: Glenelg will host a free family fun day from 10am until 2pm on the foreshore, with beach cricket and volleyball, animals, live music, face painting and other activities. Details here.

Survival Day at Semaphore: Tandanya NACI and Kura Yerlo Inc will host this free event on the Semaphore Foreshore from 12.30pm-7.30pm. Celebrating Indigenous culture, it will feature a music line-up including Electric Fields, Bec Gollan, Allan Sumner and Vonda Last. Details here.

Elsewhere: For details of other Australia Day events in SA, go here.

Moonlight Cinema – Botanic Park

The Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park will screen Australian film The Dressmaker – starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving – on Australia Day. Other screenings this week include Dirty Grandpa, Grease, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Gates open at 7pm and screenings start at sundown. Full program online.


Beer Garden Poster Party – The Gov

The Governor Hindmarsh will be giving away tour posters at an Australia Day eve party on Monday. There are posters from acts including Joan Armatrading, The Preatures, Illy, The Whitlams, Birds Of Tokyo and British India. The party, kicking off at 6.30pm, will also feature sets from Young Offenders and West Thebarton Brothel Party, plus free haircuts from Boys Club Barbershop. If you’re thinking of going, register your attendance here. Gigs at The Gov include Walk the Moon (with guests The Griswolds, on Saturday) and hip-hop artist Fat Joe (Sunday).


Ghost the Musical – Festival Theatre

Ghost The Musical re-creates the love story at the centre of the 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Set in modern-day New York, it employs an array of special effects and illusions, with a cast including Rob Mills and Jemma Rix, plus original music and lyrics. Performances continue at the Festival Theatre until January 31. Click here to read InDaily’s review.

The Angel of Death – Bakehouse Theatre

Set in the 16th century, during the time of Queen Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada, this musical explores unanswered questions associated with the birth of the Grim Reaper (or Angel of Death). With adult themes (recommended for ages 15 plus), it is being presented at the Bakehouse Theatre from January 26-30 by Briggs and Heaysman Theatre Company.

An Evening with the ASO

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is presenting an “out of the CBD” series this month, with concerts at the Shedley Theatre in Elizabeth on Jan 29 and the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre (Jan 30). The 90-minute concerts will include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, with guitarist Alex Tsiboulski, and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. Details here.


Boy & Bear – Thebarton Theatre

Sydney five-piece Boy & Bear’s Limit of Love tour touches down at the Thebby on Friday, January 29. The group will be joined by Triple J favourites Art of Sleeping and Montaigne for the gig, with tickets still available.

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries exhibition & Summer Festival of Phyrne

Close to 50 costumes featured in ABC TV’s third series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are on display in this exhibition, which is at historic Ayres House Museum until February 14. The National Trust has also this month begun its Summer Festival of Phryne, with events including a Fashion in Motion screening at Palace Nova Cinemas hosted by costume designer Marion Boyce (January 29), and a 1920s speakeasy pop-up bar at Z Ward, Glenside (February 6).

Nganmarra Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Subtitled The Container of Life and part of the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art, Nganmarra is an installation of woven art by senior women artists from Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, north-east Arnhem Land. It is at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in the Botanic Gardens until January 31. Details here.

Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition – Adelaide Festival Centre

Amazing images offering a snapshot of world events and Australian life from the past year are on display in this exhibition at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery. The photos were all taken by finalists in the Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism and capture everything from sporting triumphs to the ice epidemic. The exhibition runs until January 24, and you can take a peek here.

On screen

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

The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
The Big Short
The Revenant
Daddy’s Home
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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