Wafia, San Cisco and more announced for Adelaide Festival 2021

Jessica Mauboy, Mo'Ju, Ben Lee and Jaguar Jonze are among those also announced for next year's program, which kicks off in February

Adelaide Festival organisers have announced the lineup for their 2021 program, which is set to run between February 26 and March 14 next year.

Next year’s event will kick off with a free opening night concert by Jessica Mauboy at Adelaide Oval. Other musical acts confirmed as part of the festival’s Summerhouse stage include Wafia, Ben Lee, San Cisco, Jaguar Jonze, George Maple, Mo’Ju and Donny Benét.

The ‘Hip Hop Finale’ showcase will bring together rappers Ziggy Ramo, JK-47, Jimblah and J-MILLA, while local producer and DJ Late Nite Tuff Guy will pay homage to Prince with a tribute performance.

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Other events that will take place as part of the Adelaide Festival program include four-day music, arts and dance festival WOMADelaide, while artistic co-director Neil Armfield will stage composer Benjamin Britten’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Other standouts include The Plastic Bag Store, an installation by New York artist Robin Frohardt where the old Harris Scarfe store in Rundle Mall was previously located.

On first glance appearing to be a pop-up supermarket, the art piece confronts our disposable culture – every item is entirely plastic, handmade and sourced from the streets and bins of New York City.

“We wanted to ensure Adelaide Festival remained true to a 60-year tradition of bringing great international artists and events to our city, while simultaneously supporting Adelaide companies and others from throughout Australia,” commented Armfield and artistic co-director Rachel Healy in a joint statement.

“We have always had a very strong presence of local work but in 2021 we supported a number of artists and companies to use this year of enforced isolation to develop new work at a scale and ambition that hadn’t been possible before.”

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A slew of theatre, opera, classical music, film, dance, visual arts and other events have also been announced as part of the program.

Head to the Adelaide Festival website here to see the full program and for ticket information.

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