Adelaide Got Pandas! (but do they have bamboo?)

Adelaide Events 2010

Originally published in Crème de la Crème, January 2010

March/April/May 2010

WOMADelaide is an annual outdoor festival of world music and dance. It has six outdoor stages with performances and intimate workshops by about 35 groups from over 20 countries. There will be a KidZone, visual arts and street theatre programmes, plus an amazing Global Village of more than 100 arts and crafts, international cuisine and educational displays. 5-7 March.

Garden enthusiasts can obtain advice and tips from experts, and view the latest garden and outdoor products at the Gardening Expo. Adelaide Showground, 6-8 March.

The Adelaide Cup will be on Monday, 8 March. South Australia’s Premier Raceday, the Cup is run over 3.2km at Adelaide’s Morphetville Racecourse. Adelaide dresses up and goes to the races.

Four days of V8 Supercar action, motor and air displays, parades, stunts and after race concerts. With shaded grandstands and a feast of entertainment on offer, the 2010 Clipsal 500 is shaping up to be huge!  11-14 March.

International Rugby Sevens. Adelaide will host the IRB Sevens World Series – the most electrifying sporting tournament with the world’s fastest players from 16 countries playing 44 games in just 3 days.

Australia’s MX-5 enthusiasts’ national gathering, NatMeet, will have their biennial gathering in McLaren Vale, 2-6 April.

The French Film Festival, organized and presented by the Alliance Française, has become a major cultural event.

The Dorwin Gold Cup is Adelaide’s powerboat spectacular. Speedboat enthusiasts should not miss this chance of watching the fastest super-charged boats in Australia racing at over 250km per hour on water.

Tasting Australia: Join hundreds of the world’s top chefs, restaurateurs, food and wine commentators and gourmets at this biennial culinary extravaganza, including the prestigious 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. 29 April - 6 May.

June 2010

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Join more than 48,000 South Australians in kicking up their heels. Variously described as entertaining, avant-grade, and intimate, cabaret makes you laugh and cry at once. 11-26 June.

December 2009

John Brack Retrospective: incorporating paintings and works on paper from all of this quintessential Melbourne artist’s major series at the Art Gallery of South Australia, until 26 January 2010.

Two giant pandas, Wang Wang and Fu Ni, will be introduced to the public at Adelaide Zoo from 14 December onwards.

Cricket: Test Match, Australia v West Indies. 4-8 December. Adelaide Oval.

Bay Sports Festival: Australia’s premier beachside sports festival. Watch and compete. Glenelg Foreshore, 26-31 December.

Bravura: an exhibition of 21st Century Australian Craft and Design. Art Gallery of South Australia, until 31 January 2010

January/February 2010

Sailing: Australian Youth Championships. More than 180 Olympic class boats with about 250 competitors from interstate, Noumea, Singapore and New Zealand will compete. Largs Bay Sailing Club, 6-10 January.

Schutzenfest: This annual German festival attracts more than 20,000 people each year. Still celebrating traditional competitive marksmanship with oompah music, dancing, heritage displays, food and drinks for afters. There will be entertainment for kids and stalls serving traditional German food and beer. Bonython Park , 8-9 January.

Tour Down Under is the first step in the UCI Pro Tour world cycling calendar. It is the highest-ranked cycling road race in the southern hemisphere and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. 17-24 January.

Cricket: One Day International, Australia v Pakistan, 26 January.

Cricket: One Day International, Australia v West Indies, 9 February.

Adelaide Fringe: To many independent artists, this is an opportunity to display new ideas, imagination and talent. 19 February – 14 March.

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival, one of the world’s great arts festivals. Don’t miss the grand finale concert featuring Mahler’s 8th: Symphony of a Thousand, with Maestro Arvo Volmer at the baton, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, 8 soloists and up to 500 choristers from across Australia. 26 February – 14 March.

July/August 2010

WineTech is the triennial Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition and has been attracting industry buyers and sellers since 1970. It is the premier exhibition held in Australia for wine industry suppliers. Adelaide Convention Centre, 4-7 July.

Try something absolutely different: The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive. An outback adventure along one of the most evocative desert trails in Australia. Experienced drovers will help you move a mob of cattle, passing through inspirational landscapes.
Six 5 day/4 night tours between 30 July and 29 August.

South Australian Living Artists Festival is on from 30 July to 15 August.

Artist in Paris: Rupert Bunny achieved critical acclaim in Paris at the turn of the 20th century for his celebrated mythologies and Belle Epoque paintings of Parisian leisure. Art Gallery of South Australia, 23 July to 3 October.

A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints From The Collection. Art Gallery of South Australia, 20 August - 31 October.

September 2010

Royal Adelaide Show: The biggest annual event run by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia has something for everyone ranging from food and wine tastings, entertainment with bands and dancing, comedy and acrobatic, exhibitions and displays of handicraft and cookery, to fashion parades, animal shows (including a wide variety of champion livestock and pets). Adelaide Showground, 3-11 September.

More than 1,500 historic vehicles line up at the Start to play their part in perpetuating the legend of the Bay to Birdwood - A Vintage Event. 26 September.

October 2010

Put on your hat and your dancing shoes. October’s long weekend will see the annual Semaphore Music Festival at the Semaphore Foreshore where the whole family can enjoy this successful amalgam of rock, country, blues, folk and anything else they fancy.

Desert Country: Indigenous Australian Art from South Australia and the Northern Territory. Art Gallery of South Australia, 22 October - 23 January 2011.

November 2010

Join more than 300,000 people lining the 3.2 km route to welcome the parade of the Christmas Pageant. There will be clowns, floats, walking sets, bands, dances and Father Christmas. 13 November.

Adelaide International Guitar Festival: Adelaide will resonate to the sound of guitar legends from around the world with the rhythm of the Blues, Jazz, Classical, Spanish, Brazilian and African music.

Australian International Horse Trials: Three-Day Event covering dressage, cross country and show jumping with top horses and riders competing at the highest level.

Dorrit Black Retrospective, Art Gallery of South Australia, from 19 November onwards.

December 2010

Cricket: 2nd Ashes Test Match, Australia v England, 3-7 December.

Adelaide Events 2010 as published in PDF form