Words and Art To Share the Spotlight


The Word Adelaide and SALA festivals have joined forces to offer new events celebrating the ties between words and art.

Three SALA events focusing on words’ power to inspire the artistic process have been included in the Word Adelaide program, with audiences invited to join the conversation.

SALA general manager Penny Griggs said she was pleased to collaborate with Word Adelaide and looked forward to diverse discussions at each of the new events.

“The annual SALA Festival is a celebration of South Australian Living Artists. Artists use images to tell stories, promote conversation and debate so it makes perfect sense for SALA to collaborate with the inaugural Word Adelaide festival and celebrate conversation in its many forms,” Penny said.

“The full 2013 SALA Festival will be announced on Saturday 6 July. We look forward to celebrating words and art this August.”

Word Adelaide creative director Jane Intini said it was exciting to partner with the much-loved SALA Festival.

“Word Adelaide is a celebration of conversation. We’ll be talking about why words matter and how they shape everything from comedy to song lyrics, so it’s wonderful to extend this to the world of art,” Jane said.

“We’re thrilled SALA has put its support behind our festival and encourage people to go along and find out more about how words and art influence each other.”

Friday August 16 will see local ceramic artist Stephen Bowers joined by special guests for a free conversation at the State Library.

UntitledFestival fans are also invited to take a free art tour on the same day with a local art writer who will explore SALA exhibitions where words and art collide.

Saturday August 17 features an Aboriginal art tour hosted by Dr Christine Nicholls, an Australian Studies senior lecturer at Flinders University.

The SALA Festival also offers a range of talks with artists who will speak about their practice.

Word Adelaide is a new festival celebrating the power of words. It will be held from August 15-18 at venues across the city.

Visit for all the details and to buy tickets.

Word Adelaide is proudly owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

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