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What's on: Chinese New Year, party at the Port, Factory festivities


InDaily‘s hit list of events and shows, including Chinese New Year festivities with the ASO, Laneway Festival at Port Adelaide, Lion Arts Factory’s opening weekend, a child-centred theatre work about refugees on Nauru, and exquisite objets d’art.

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Chinese New Year

To ring in the Year of the Pig, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will present music from around the world in a Chinese New Year concert this Sunday from 5pm at the Festival Theatre. The ASO will be joined by Australian-Chinese cellist Li-Wei Qin playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and emerging violinist Harmonnia Junus playing The Butterfly Lovers Concerto by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang. Read InDaily’s Q&A with concert conductor Dane Lam here. There will be Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown on Saturday, with a party in Moonta Street including live music, market and food stalls, and a lion dance. The party kicks off at 12pm.

Laneway Festival

Laneway Festival Adelaide

Indie rock acts Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett are headlining today’s Laneway Festival at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide. The line-up also features Rex Orange Country, Methyl Ethel, Middle Kids, G Flip and Parquet Courts. Gates open at 11.30am with the event finishing at 11.45pm. Find out which artists are too good to miss in CityMag’s Laneway gig guide and read CityMag’s interview with Laneway act Wing Defence here.

The Lion Arts Factory opening 

Lion Arts Factory

New live music venue Lion Arts Factory – in the space previously occupied by Fowler’s Live – has opened this week following a rebrand and design makeover. Tonight it will host the official Laneway Adelaide afterparty, with a $10 entry fee (or $20 if you combine entry with a bus back from the Port). Special guests for the night are yet to be announced. Tomorrow night will see the debut of Factory, the Lion Arts Factory’s regular post-gig dance party. Details here.

We All Know What’s Happening


Photo: Bryony Jackson

Performed by seven schoolchildren and described as “part school musical, part history lesson and part political probe”, We All Know What’s Happening explores the lives affected by Australia’s refugee policies. Theatre-makers Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms’ production centres on the children discussing the history and recent developments regarding refugees held on Nauru. It’s being presented by Vitalstatistix at Waterside Workers Hall in Port Adelaide, with performances tomorrow and Sunday. Read CityMag’s interview with Hersch here.

The Pursuit of Pattern

The Pursuit of Pattern David Roche Foundation

This latest exhibition at The David Roche Foundation on Melbourne Street showcases more than 50 rare and exquisite works of art that explore the fashion for inlaid surface patterns on furniture, objets d’art and jewellery in the mid-18th to 19th centuries. Drawn from foundation’s own collection as well as private collections from around Australia, it features marquetry furniture in exotic timbers, glass mosaic pictures laid into tabletops and a collection of micro-mosaic jewellery. The Pursuit of Pattern runs through to June.

Adelaide Fringe opening night

Adelaide Fringe kicks off next weekend. Photo: Trentino Priori

A number of Adelaide Fringe shows will start their season early next week, but the 2019 Fringe officially opens next Friday night with Tindo Utpurndee (the sunset ceremony) at 8.15pm by the River Torrens (War Memorial Drive between the Frome Road bridge and the King William Road bridge), followed by the switching on of light projection Yabarra – Gathering of Light. Opening weekend festivities will kick on with live performances, food and wine. This year’s Fringe comprises around 1300 events including comedy, music, theatre, visual art, magic and children’s shows. See the full program here and view all InDaily’s Fringe coverage here.

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