Adelaide’s vibrant festival scene has gained international recognition. The South Australian capital is now a member of the International Festival City Network, a new and exclusive alliance connecting six of the world’s best festival cities: Adelaide, Berlin, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Montreal and Krakow.
The alliance emerged from a meeting held at Edinburgh International Festival in August this year. Festivals Adelaide attended on invitation, alongside representatives from the other five cities.
“This is a prestigious and rightly-deserved membership,” said Christie Anthoney, executive officer of Festivals Adelaide. “Adelaide is the festival city of Australia and, at this stage, as I understand, there is no intention to invite another city from Australia. It’s just us.”
In fact, Adelaide is not only the only Australian city to join, but also the only city in the Asia Pacific region.
The network’s aims are to increase opportunities for sharing ideas and overcoming obstacles specific to cities with a focus on hosting festivals.
Ms Anthoney said, “We will share understanding of what infrastructure makes for great festival cities, what government programs work, how we can connect with audiences and, I guess, just help each other to be the best we can.”
Adelaide’s festival calendar includes WOMADelaide, held annually in March; the Adelaide Festival of Arts held annually in February and March; the South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA) held annually in August; and the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, held every two years in August.
In July, Adelaide submitted a bid to become a UNESCO City of Music – a title held by Bologna, Seville, Ghant and Glasgow – and is expecting a response in late October.