What’s on in March: the penny pincher edition

What’s on in March: the penny pincher edition

In the inaugural edition of “What’s On”, On The Record brings you a variety of talks, shows and performances that you can attend without loosening the purse strings – and still have that smashed avocado. (Image: Sam Hall via Adelaide Festival)

By Anisha Pillarisetty | @nishkinsilk 

Long after the jam-packed festival season takes its final bow, Adelaide’s arts and culture scene continues to forge ahead. 

At the start of every month, the team at On The Record hopes to bring you a short guide of local creative projects you might have missed in the flurry of life. 

Although brimming with activity, the festival season can seem inaccessible for a lot of students (and other low-income earners) because of the sheer cost of it all.

In the March edition of “What’s On”, while the Fringe and Adelaide Festival take precedence, there are also some unmissable shows running outside of the festival guides – none of which require you to reach for your wallet. 

Talks and performances  

Adelaide Festival’s annual Writers’ Week program has kicked off today, March 5 with a wide range of programming, from barrister Fiona McLeod and journalists Michael West and Royce Kurmelovs discussing (the lack of) transparency and accountability in public life to brilliant poets Evelyn Araluen, Jazz Money in conversation with Natalie Harkin – another brilliant poet – about their recent, striking collections. 

Also, do not miss the chance to hear from a stellar line-up of local poets, at The Ruthless Muse (featuring poet Dominic Guerrera, UniSA graduate Elyas Alavi and UniSA final-year contemporary arts student Ruhi Yaganagi among others). 

Find the entire line-up of talks on a variety of issues by writers, journalists and public figures here.

Some Writers’ Week events will also be livestreamed at community centres and libraries across suburbs for those who can’t make it into the city. Some talks can also be livestreamed from home

And, although Writers’ Week wraps up on Thursday, March 10, Climate Crisis and the Arts, a free one-day event, will take its place the next day, Friday, March 11 running from 9:30am to 5pm.   

Visual Art 

For those of you taking the train, Neoteric, an artist-led initiative, is showcasing the work of 20 mid-career local artists in the Adelaide Railway Station. The exhibition will run until April 10 and features the work of Brad Darkson, Tamara Baillie and Honor Freeman among others. An accompanying catalogue is also available, with written work by 20 writers including Alexis West, Dominic Guerrera, Roy Ananda and Yusuf Ali Hayat. 

Speaking of Yusuf Ali Hayat, his show Curries, Kurtas and Burqas has opened at UniSA’s SASA gallery and will be showing until April 1. A UniSA HDR candidate, Hayat will also be delivering an informal talk on Friday, March 11 on his recently submitted doctoral research. 

Another show that won’t show up in your festival guides but should not be missed is Sovereign sisters: domestic work curated by Ali Gumilya Baker with Madeline Reece and showing at Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) until April 8. 

Heading back to the Adelaide Fringe, the 2022 Sanaa Exhibition curated by not-for-profit Sanaa will be showing until April 14 at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery (on UniSA’s City West campus). In this group show, artists including Ruhi Yaganagi, Tailor Winston, Marjan Afrouzfar and Carly Dodd respond to the theme of home. 

Sanaa Street Festival is also back this year, running from 3pm on March 19 in Wauwe/Light Square and bringing together creatives from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The event will feature markets, food, music, performances and dancing. 

You can find more visual art programming from the Adelaide Fringe here

The Adelaide Festival also has some must-see free events, including the Adelaide Biennale’s Free/State, and dancer and choreographer Daniel Jaber’s seven-hour performance Rite

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