Performing Arts

Word Up- New Festival Starts Today!

International stars are ready to hit the stage as Word Adelaide kicks off in venues across the city.

Matt Lucas

International stars are ready to hit the stage as Word Adelaide kicks off in venues across the city.

Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Kitty Flanagan (The Project), Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Icehouse) gathered today at Crowne Plaza Adelaide with the Festival’s Creative Director Jane Intini. Artists said they were excited to be in South Australia and looked forward to taking part in Word Adelaide.

Events South Australia General Manager Hitaf Rasheed said the Festival offered an entertaining program with events for everyone.

“We’re celebrating the enormous power of words and the many ways in which they shape our lives,” Ms Rasheed said.

“This Festival unites sought-after artists and is also firmly focused on getting the community involved.”

“Whether you’re interested in music, storytelling, rap or art, you’ll find an event to enjoy.”

Launching the Word Adelaide Festival is Yarn Spinning with Kitty Flanagan, which will be held at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel from 7.30pm tonight.

Guest yarn spinners John Schumann, Sheridan Stewart, Dave Flanagan, Eddie Bannon and Ian Henschke are sure to entertain with their tall tales, and will be joined by finalists from across Adelaide.

A $1000 first prize is up for grabs for the top yarn as judged by the audience.

Tomorrow’s program includes The Language of War at Thebarton Theatre, which will see MCs from across the country compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes.

Soapbox will take place under the Gawler Place canopy in Rundle Mall from 12.30pm, with popular comedian Joel Ozborn to host those keen to have their say.

Word Adelaide, which will be held until August 18 at venues across the city, celebrates the power of words.

Visit www.wordadelaide.com.au for all the details

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