Word Adelaide took place in venues across the city from August 15 to 18 and was a celebration of conversation featuring ticketed and free events. Rap, poetry, yarn spinning, comedy, music and soapbox were all in the spotlight as the festival explored words’ enormous power and meaning.
Her Majesty’s Theatre hosted Word Adelaide’s two largest events. In Their Own Words featured Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Kitty Flanagan (The Project), Professor Roly Sussex (ABC 891) and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Icehouse), with the group delving into the secrets of comedy and sparking plenty of laughs in the process.
The multi award-winning Leo Sayer, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Guy Pratt and Taasha Coates from The Audreys united for Words Without Music. Audience members enjoyed unforgettable stories and songs from the four artists, who together have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.
The Word Adelaide team would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the festival, particularly our corporate partners including Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Malaysia Airlines, Rundle Mall Management Authority and Cornes Toyota.
Special thanks also to the State Library, State Theatre Company and SALA Festival, who staged events in partnership with Word Adelaide.
Where to from here? Word Adelaide will be assessed over the coming months and the possibility of future festivals on an annual or biennial basis will be considered. There were many great aspects of this first-time festival but also ways in which it could be improved, and all of these will be discussed.
Overwhelmingly we’ve had positive feedback on both Word Adelaide and the decision to build something new which adds to South Australia’s standing as the festival state at a quieter time of the year.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on Word Adelaide with the event team. Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks once again for your support of Word Adelaide. The festival is proudly owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission.