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InDaily’s hit list of events and shows, including a two-week celebration of Adelaide music, a revitalised production of A View from the Bridge, an Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition not to be missed, a Guitar Festival and a Winter Writing Festival, and an Adelaide Symphony Orchestra violinist.

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Umbrella Winter City Sounds festival

In a bid to celebrate South Australia’s musical offerings in the wetter weather, Music SA’s two-week Umbrella Winter City Sounds festival is back for a fourth year. Running from this Friday (July 12) to July 28, Umbrella will feature a downpour of 250 music events in 11 different venues, showcasing more than 20 genres. Kicking-off with an opening night street party at Topham Mall in Adelaide’s West End this Friday, the festival will coincide with NAIDOC Week. As a result, national music icon Archie Roach will headline and a Kaurna ceremony and performance is also on the bill. Click here for information on the Umbrella Winter City Sounds program.

State Theatre’s A View From The Bridge

A View from the Bridge. Photo: James Hartley

Arthur Miller’s 1995 classic A View from the Bridge, directed by Helpmann Award winner Kate Champion, will be performed by the State Theatre Company South Australia at the Dunstan Playhouse from July 12 to August 3. The play explores themes of immigration and the family unit, and follows a Brooklynite longshoreman, Eddie Carbone (played by Mark Saturno) who takes in two Italian illegal immigrants to impress his wife, Beatrice (played by Elena Carapetis). With contemporary costumes by Enken Hagge and a classic dock-inspired set, this production aims to honour the 1950s Brooklyn setting Miller imagined while giving it a modern twang. Click here to purchase tickets.

Adelaide Guitar Festival

Punch Brothers. Photo: supplied

A “special edition” of the Adelaide Guitar Festival will see American bluegrass quintet The Punch Brothers performing at the Woodville Town Hall on Sunday night. Classical guitarists Karin Schaupp and Miles Johnston are performing at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre on Tuesday (July 16), while blues and roots stars Jeff Lang and Cal Williams Jr will play at the Space on Wednesday. The festival also includes Guitars in Bars, which continues until the end of the month (full program here).

Context: Winter Writing Festival

Photo: supplied

This festival is being presented by the City of Adelaide and Writers SA over three days from today at the City Library in Rundle Place. Guest speakers will include Claire G Coleman, the award-winning author of Terra Nullius, feminist writer Clementine Ford (Fight Like a Girl, Boys Will Be Boys) and South Australian Royce Kurmelovs (The Death of Holden, Rogue Nation). The festival is free and will include conversation sessions where audience members are invited to participate in the discussions, as well as writing workshops and live poetry performances. See the program here.

Faith & Beauty

Violinist Grace Clifford. Photo: supplied

Violinist Grace Clifford will perform Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – “a lyrical rhapsody with a flash of Slavic fire” – in this fifth concert in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Master Series. The farewell performances by orchestra principal conductor Nicholas Carter, Faith & Beauty will also feature Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony. Performances are tonight (Friday) and tomorrow evening at the Adelaide Town hall.

Ramsay Art Prize 

An installation view of the Ramsay Art Prize exhibition featuring Vincent Namatjira’s Close Contact. Photo: Grant Hancock

The work of the 23 finalists in the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize is on show in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of SA until August 25. The $100,000 acquisitive prize is open to contemporary Australian artists under the age of 40, with this year’s finalists working across a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installation art and even taxidermy. The 2019 winner was South Australian artist Vincent Namatjira, with a double-sided painting on plywood featuring a self-portrait on one side and Captain James Cook on the other.

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