Adelaide Guitar Festival unveils its exciting program for this September

The Adelaide Guitar Festival program has been announced, revealing an exciting line-up of the world’s most acclaimed guitar talents.

The Adelaide Guitar Festival program has been announced, revealing an exciting line-up of the world’s most acclaimed guitar talents. Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, the festival will run from September 12th to 29th.

Celebrated as a global hub for musicians and fans of the guitar, the Adelaide Guitar Festival showcases different genres including classical, jazz, rock, flamenco and more. This year, the event will not only feature local talents, but also stellar guitarists from across the globe.

“I am thrilled to present this program of events highlighting the very best guitarists from around the world, Australia and South Australia,” Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan said.

“I hope you enjoy discovering the program and get as much inspiration listening to these artists as I do.”

The festival kicks off with an Adelaide premiere, Requiem for the Earth, featuring legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. The performance will combine traditional Requiem with the rich melodies of flamenco, creating a powerful narrative about the beauty of Earth and the human footprint.

Another major highlight is set to be the celebration of 60 years of The Rolling Stones with The Rolling Stones Revue. Iconic Australian musicians including Adalita and Tex Perkins will take to the stage to deliver a powerful tribute by performing the seminal Sticky Fingers album and other celebrated hits.

Adding to the festival’s different offerings, the Travel Guide: A Global Gathering will showcase international talents such as China’s Xuefei Yang and Brazil’s Chrystian Dozza, along with Australia’s own Grigoryan Brothers.

“We have such a wealth of musical talent in this State and I am thrilled to see them take to our stages joining a world class line-up of musicians from around Australia and the globe who come to Adelaide our UNESCO City of Music for this special event,” Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said.

In addition to music performances, the festival will also host the Blak Country event at Dunstan Playhouse. This event celebrates the deep connection First Nations people have with country music. Curated by Barkindji songwoman Nancy Bates, the event will feature powerful voices from the First Nations community.

Deion Cho and Xuefei Yang are set to captivate audiences with their classical guitar at solo recitals, while the Space Theatre will come alive with a mix of performances ranging from jazz duets to flamenco fiestas.

Among the many events, The Princess Bride in Concert stands out as a unique blend of film and live music. Performing Mark Knopfler’s score, Slava Grigoryan will accompany the film’s screening, offering a real treat to both music and movie fans.

Celebrating both the art of guitar and community engagement, the festival will also feature the return of the Guitar Expo, allowing guests to meet with expert instrument makers, and Come and Try sessions for those interested in learning more about playing guitar.

Ticket sales start today, don’t miss out!

What: Adelaide Guitar Festival
When: 12th to 29th September
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre
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