Adelaide French Festival | Adelaide Festival Centre | 11-13 Jan 2019

Adelaide French Festival 2019

The Adelaide French Festival is a celebration of life, summer and the best of French culture over one weekend. The program features an eclectic program of music, theatre, dance, food, wine, art, fashion, film and family activities including a number of Australian exclusive performances just for Adelaide.

The three-day celebration runs from 11-13 January 2019 and features some of the very best artists from France with something for everyone, from francophiles to those just discovering all that French culture has to offer. Presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre, events will be held in the Adelaide Festival Centre, around the riverbank and various locations around Adelaide.

Highlights include:

Breton chef Nathalie Beavuais from Le Jardin Gourmand will create an authentic French seafood dinner showcasing the flavours of Brittany exclusively for the festival.

Sonic Seasoning – Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet will team up with The Smelly Cheese Shop for a sensory experience, pairing cheese, wine and music to explore if melody can enhance taste, in an intimate setting on the Dunstan Playhouse stage.

Breton fashion designer Pascal Jaouen presents his stunning embroidery collections for the first time in Australia, detailing the patterns and motifs of his native Brittany in an exhibition especially for the Adelaide French Festival.

Australian exclusive contemporary photographic exhibition by French artist Charles Freger featuring the changing face of women across generations, wearing the costumes and headdresses of the region of Brittany.

Riverdeck Hub

Browse market stalls showcasing French inspired artisan wares, sample the taste of France with gourmet food and wine, or relax with an apéritif and enjoy great music on the outdoor stage.

Friday 11 January 4:00pm | Saturday 12 January 11.00 am | Sunday 13 January 11.00 am | Riverdeck Hub 

Family-friendly Events

A French Affair | Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Enjoy the best of French culture at the historic estate of Carrick Hill, just 15 minutes from the city. Tour the House Museum, taking in the French items of the collection. Enjoy French-influenced food offerings and guest talks, or relax with music and pétanque in the lush surroundings of the grounds and gardens.

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019 | Carrick Hill

So Frenchy So Chic | The French Pop Garden Party

Presented by Cartell Music in association with Adelaide Festival Centre


Listen. Dance. Dine. Recline. The French pop garden party returns in 2019! See an all-female lineup and groove under the summer sky, soak yourself in simple pleasures and forget the outside world. Kids under 12 free. Share your joie de vivre, mes amis.

Featuring an influential all-female line-up ; Camille, Yelle, Clara Luciani, Cléa Vincent.

Friday 11 January 2019 4:00pm | Pinky Flat, Adelaide Riverbank.

A Trip to the Moon | Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre and Nexus Arts

Adelaide Exclusive

French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès was a pioneer of special effects at the turn of the twentieth century. Astounding, joyous and often surreal, Méliès’ short films revolutionised the early days of cinema through his whimsical approach and development of new techniques.

Following a sold-out premiere performance at the 2018 Adelaide French Festival, join The Zeitgeist Orchestra, innovative drummer Jarrad Payne and jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto as they curate individual musical responses to a selection of Méliès’ films.

Join these talented musicians as they present original compositions that celebrate the spectacular nature of Méliès’ works.

Cost: $15 | Sunday 13 January 2019 5.00pm | Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre

Discovering Brittany

Presented in conjunction with the South Australian French Teachers Association and French Adelaide schools, this is an exhibition showcasing a selection of artworks created by South Australian primary school students, exploring the seaside connection between Adelaide and Brittany.

This year, Adelaide French Festival will also offer audiences the chance to win a trip to Brittany to continue to indulge in all the beautiful region has to offer. Details will be announced later.

Free Event | Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January 2019 | Gallery 3, Festival Theatre Foyer | Adelaide Festival Centre

L’apres midi d’un foehn | Compagnie Non Nova |Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Australian Exclusive

From trash to twirling treasure, ordinary plastic bags are brought to life by a mysterious ballet master, dancing on currents of air. A pirouetting solo is followed by a tender and comic pas de deux until a full corps de ballet fills the air, drifting and swirling to the gorgeous sounds of Debussy.

Don’t miss this spectacle of simplicity premiering especially for Adelaide French Festival.

Cost: Adult $25.00 | Concession $20.00 | Child $15.00 | Family (2a+2c) $65.00

Ages 5 and up | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019  11.00am, 12.30pm & 2.00pm | Space Theatre

Rêverie Électronique | Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Australian Exclusive

Join French artist Jesse Lucas as he creates a sonic journey for toddlers and their parents, influenced by the beautiful ambient music of Brian Eno.

Take your place on a cushion and immerse yourself in a dreamy world of sound and image. Toddlers and parents alike will be lulled by Jesse Lucas’s mesmerising electronic music accompanied by his captivating projections.

Get lost in a wistful electronic rêverie, perfect for taking a break from the world outside.

Cost: Adult $25.00 | Concession $20.00 | Child $15.00 | Family (2a+2c) $65.00

Ages 3 and under | Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 January 2019 11:15am & 12.15pm | Artspace

Lumières! | Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

Australian Exclusive

A wolf goes on a strange and important mission and an unusual prince controls night and day. Lumières! is a series of short films, accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by French artist Ellie James.

Venture into a world of dreams and imagination with a soundtrack influenced by the sunny pop of The Beatles and the indie-folk of Sufjan Stevens. Surrounded by keyboards, glockenspiel and melodica, and armed with her angelic voice, Ellie will surprise and intrigue as she brings to life a rich cinematic experience.

Cost: Adult $25.00 | Concession $20.00 | Child $15.00 | Family (2a+2c) $65.00

Ages 3 and up | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019 1.30pm | Artspace

Mystérieuses Coiffures

Presented in conjunction with the South Australian French Teachers Association and French Adelaide schools

Haute couture becomes ‘haute coiffure’ with a visit from French hair sculptor extraordinaire Christophe Pavia. Witness this French hair wizard as he adorns selected members of the audience with ribbons, butterflies, birds and other unusual accessories for bespoke coiffure.

The result? Extravagant, utterly outrageous and completely original.

Free Event | Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January 2019 | Riverdeck Hub


Picasso | The Vollard Suite | Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

The Vollard Suite is Pablo Picasso’s most celebrated series of etchings. Comprised of 100 works and produced between 1930 and 1937, the suite represents a critical point in Picasso’s career and contains many of the abiding themes in his work, including his self-representation as the minotaur.

The Suite was made in Paris at the Château de Boisgeloup – a country property near Paris acquired by him in 1930. The film Blood of a Poet (1930) by Picasso’s friend and collaborator, Jean Cocteau, will be screened alongside the exhibition.

Free Event | Saturday 12 January – Sunday 3 February 2019 | Art Gallery of South Australia


 Junior Sous Chef

Le Cordon Bleu Australia welcomes children interested in creating their own French treats at home. With the guidance of Chef Jenni Key, kids can discover their inner chef as they get creative and hands-on with pastry. Discover the world of fine French pastry in this sweet petite workshop!

Cost: $8 | Ages 4 and up | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019 11.00am & 12.00pm | The Star Kitchen and Bar


Presented in conjunction with the South Australian French Teachers Association and French Adelaide schools. Build, then destroy your own Napoleonic Empire with the cardboard-loving Boxwars crew.

Free Event | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2018  12.30-3.30pm | Adelaide Riverbank Lawns


Flower Crowns

Presented in conjunction with the South Australian French Teachers Association and French Adelaide schools. Create your own decorative flower crown using beautiful blooms and seasonal foliage.

Free Event | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019 12.00pm-5.00pm | Dunstan Playhouse Foyer

Little Picassos

Presented in conjunction with the South Australian French Teachers Association and French Adelaide schools. Put brush to canvas and channel your inner artiste, with guidance from Little Picassos.

Free Event | Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 January 2019 11.00am-3.00pm | Dunstan Playhouse Foyer

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

What: Adelaide French Festival | Adelaide Festival Centre

When: Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January 2019

Where: Various locations

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Adelaide Festival Centre website and Facebook page


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