Adelaide’s Restless Dance Theatre has been dealt a devastating blow with the loss of its multi-year federal funding, saying the news will “clip the wings of Australia’s leading company working with dancers with and without disability”.
The Adelaide Guitar Festival has been cancelled for 2020, but the Festival Centre has released vision of classical musicians Slava and Sharon Grigoryan playing to an empty theatre as a taste of the way it is looking to connect with audiences virtually.
Adelaide Hills author Pip Williams has had to cancel the launch event and national tour planned for her first novel, but The Dictionary of Lost Words – about the magic of growing up in a world of words – has already garnered huge international interest.
Public gigs have come to an abrupt halt, but SA singers and musicians are keeping themselves occupied and us entertained by making new music, livestreaming concerts and offering online lessons in everything from ukulele playing to songwriting.
The Art Gallery of South Australia is working to create a virtual tour of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial and more digital experiences for art lovers as new COVID-19 restrictions force the closure of all galleries, museums and libraries.
A $1.5 million State Government funding package will seek to relieve the immediate pressure on SA’s arts sector caused by the coronavirus crisis, with help including “quick response grants” of up to $10,000 for independent professional artists.