Events South Australia News

Welcome to the December edition of Events South Australia News. It’s been a big year, and we’re full steam ahead in preparation for January’s Santos Tour Down Under and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches in Adelaide during February and March. As 2014 draws to a close it’s good to take some time out and reflect on all that’s happened this year – plus everything that’s just around the corner. Don’t forget to send this update to anyone you think would be interested, and to subscribe if you haven’t already.

Our very best wishes for a safe and happy festive season and a wonderful 2015. We look forward to working with you, and to spreading the word about the events and festivals that thrive here. Merry Christmas.

The latest from Events South Australia

Adelaide Oval Adelaide Oval

Adelaide ready to welcome ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

One of the world’s largest sporting events is on its way to Adelaide. We’ll welcome the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 during February and March, with the city to host two warm-up matches, three pool matches and a quarter final. Hosting this event is a big job, and Events South Australia is leading a coordination group working hard to ensure we make the most of the global attention it will bring. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy hit the road recently for a tour across South Australia, with event ambassador Shaun Tait even taking it shark cage diving off the Port Lincoln coast. More than 1000 people came along to see the trophy during its tour.

On February 11 Adelaide Oval’s Southern Plaza will host a free public presentation for the Indian cricket team, and everyone is invited to share the fun as the players appear on stage. The plaza will also serve as a fanzone for a live broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final on March 29, with live bands, DJs, children’s activities and more on the way.

Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour

Feel the burn with the world’s best

The Bupa Challenge Tour began in 2003 and each year sees thousands of recreational riders tackle a Santos Tour Down Under race stage on the same day as the professionals. The event’s evolution can be seen in many ways. Four start locations are now offered, instead of simply one, and the Bupa Challenge Tour jersey is updated each year to ensure it’s a collector’s item. Participant timing was introduced in 2013 and we continue to work closely with emergency services – along with event sponsor Bupa – to ensure health and safety messages are front and centre.

Staging the Bupa Challenge Tour is a year-round job. In 2015 we’ll have 157 volunteers on hand to assist, with 22 contracted firms working hard behind the scenes. About a third of the ride’s participants come from interstate or overseas, and we love to welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities.

In 2015 the Bupa Challenge Tour will travel between Glenelg and Mount Barker ahead of Bupa Stage 4. Events South Australia News is excited to be offering two Bupa Challenge Tour registrations to one lucky reader. Simply email by 5pm on 18 December 2014 and tell us your favourite cycling moment from this year. We’ll choose the winner the next day and contact you to confirm registration details.

If you’re not our winner you can head to for all the details and to register — just make sure you get in before the 14 January deadline. Bupa and Cycling Australia members — plus UniSA staff, students and alumni — receive a discount on their entry fees, which are as follows:

2015 Entry fees                                                Bupa member**   Member*    Regular

Glenelg (151.7km) & Willunga (118.7km)            $130                     $135            $145

Mount Compass (77.5km)                                    $105                     $110           $120

Macclesfield (27km)                                              $ 85                      $ 90            $100

* Discounted registration for Cycling Australia members and UniSA staff, students & alumni
** Discounted registration for Bupa members
Our Story Our Story

Events South Australia: Our Story

Late last month we were excited to receive the first copies of Events South Australia: Our Story, a 25-page publication covering the work we do, the events we support and our priorities in the years ahead. The booklet can be downloaded from the Event News  page.

Jingles the Reindeer Jingles the Reindeer

Credit Union Christmas Pageant on the national stage

Father Christmas arrived in Adelaide on 8 November, with an estimated 345,000 people lining city streets to welcome him. Among the crowd were some very special guests: winners of a competition run by the Credit Union Christmas Pageant in partnership with Tigerair. Families from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne told us who they wanted to share pageant day with – and why – and were selected as winners from hundreds of entries. The lucky families enjoyed flights to South Australia, accommodation at the Hilton Adelaide and a behind-the-scenes pageant tour, along with watching all the action from a special viewing area. The excitement began when winners were greeted at Adelaide Airport by Credit Union Christmas Pageant mascot Jingles the reindeer. The promotion was part of ongoing efforts to promote this much-loved event across Australia, a focus that will continue next year.

Rescue 2018 Rescue 2018

World’s largest lifesaving event returning to Adelaide

In October we headed to Glenelg for a very exciting announcement: Adelaide has been chosen to host Rescue 2018, the Lifesaving World Championships. The event will bring about 4,000 athletes and officials to the city, along with thousands of accompanying visitors.

Rescue 2018 is expected to generate about $18 million for the South Australian economy and will be held primarily at Glenelg beach and the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Marion. It’s not the first time Adelaide has hosted the Lifesaving World Championships – the event was last staged here in 2012 – but it is the first time the championships will return to a previous host city.

Events South Australia, in collaboration with Surf Life Saving South Australia, lodged the successful bid for Rescue 2018 and will sponsor the event. Athletes from more than 40 nations will take part, and we look forward to welcoming them! Visit the News page for the full media release.

Five minutes with . . .

Andrew Dundon Andrew Dundon

Andrew Dundon is director of the Barossa Vintage Festival, which returns in 2015 and will showcase 95 events over five days. On the menu? A decadent feast, long table lunches, wild gypsy parties, a scarecrow trail and a comedic journey through wine education. We caught up with Andrew in the midst of preparations for the festival launch on 9 December.

Tell us about your path to becoming manager of the Barossa Vintage Festival.
I was formerly the artist and events co-ordinator of Adelaide Fringe, with a specific focus on assisting venues and regions to develop marketing, event programming and targeted business strategies to enjoy a successful Adelaide Fringe. Prior to that I was program manager of Nexus Multicultural Arts, founding partner of the Backwater Blues & Roots Festival which toured regional South Australia from 2008-2012, owned my own live music venue and worked on many smaller and one-off events and festivals over the last 10 years. I have held a seat on the Kultour national performing arts touring program, the Adelaide West End Association and was chair of the Arts SA Contemporary Music Panel.

What do you enjoy about your role?
Being Adelaide-based, I have really enjoyed the open and welcoming attitude of the Barossa community. Everyone wants to help!
Oh, and there is the wine and food too, that has been really good!

What sets the Barossa Vintage Festival apart?
I became festival director of the Barossa Vintage Festival in July and spent the first few months out collecting stories from the community. The festival began in 1947 so there are generations of people who are connected to the festival. It is unlike any other festival I have experienced, it is completely ingrained into the community which has been very exciting, refreshing and inspirational.

Where do you see the festival heading in the future?
The festival is guided entirely by the community and is representative of what they are experiencing at the time. This must continue to be the driving force behind it. I believe that is why this is the longest running food and wine festival in Australia – the community celebrates and invites outsiders in to experience it.

What three things would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
Duct tape – I could build anything with a couple of roles of duct tape
Shiraz vine cuttings
A winemaker

Events coming our way

The mercury is rising, which means some of the year’s hottest events are on their way. Head to Glenelg for the Bay Sheffield, cheer on star players in the World Tennis Challenge and then get ready for the excitement of the Santos Tour Down Under. February brings the celebrated Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival, not to mention the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015!


Bay Sheffield Bay Sheffield

Carols by Candlelight
14 December, Adelaide
This year Carols by Candlelight is celebrating 70 years of bringing Christmas joy to the community. Join the fun at Elder Park.

Lights of Lobethal
14-30 December, Adelaide Hills
Check out the largest Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere as the Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal dazzles for another year.

Bay Sheffield
27-28 December, Adelaide
The Bay Sheffield is a unique two-day athletic carnival held at Colley Reserve in the popular seaside suburb of Glenelg. Many well-known athletes are involved each year.



World Tennis Challenge World Tennis Challenge

World Tennis Challenge
13-15 January, Adelaide
A mix of current champions and past heroes of the game will compete over three action-packed nights at Memorial Drive. In 2015 the World Tennis Challenge will feature John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic, Michael Chang, Marin Cilic and Marcos Baghdatis.

Sounds by the River
17 January, Murray River, Lakes & Coorong
Settle in on the banks of the mighty Murray at Mannum and enjoy music from some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Relax with a meal as you sit beneath towering gums and watch the evening unfold.

Santos Tour Down Under
17-25 January, Adelaide and regions
Feel the rush as the world’s best cyclists do battle on the streets of South Australia. UCI WorldTour points are on the line and there’s always a great atmosphere as this festival of cycling unfolds across the state. The Santos Tour Down Under is the largest cycling event in the southern hemisphere and continues to welcome stars of the sport.

Tunarama Festival
23-26 January, Eyre Peninsula
Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula hosts this much-loved family event, which celebrates the local tuna fishing industry. Enjoy a street procession, fireworks, delicious meals and the famous tuna toss.

23-25 January, Adelaide Hills
Wine and so much more are on offer at this summer festival. Join parties of every imaginable kind and celebrate all the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills.


Adelaide Festival Adelaide Festival

Adelaide Fringe
13 February-15 March, Adelaide
A record 1,058 events are in store at the Adelaide Fringe 2015, which is encouraging its audience to experience something new and embrace the creativity our city is renowned for.

Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival
13 and 15 February, Kangaroo Island
Enjoy the atmosphere at this unforgettable country race meeting.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
15 February-20 March, Adelaide
Adelaide will host four matches of world-class cricket, including a showdown between fierce rivals India and Pakistan on 15 February and a quarter final on 20 March where fans are likely to see Australia in action. Two warm-up matches will also be played at Adelaide Oval.

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival
21-22 February, Fleurieu Peninsula
Head to the Goolwa wharf precinct for a weekend of fun on water and land.

Adelaide Festival
27 February-15 March, Adelaide
The 30th Adelaide Festival will return with another jam-packed program set to inspire, challenge and entertain.

Fork and Cork
28 February, Limestone Coast
Food and wine lovers will flock to Mount Gambier’s Garden Square for a day of tastings, masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations from chefs including Miguel Maestre.



Make sure you’re listed on ATDW
One more thing to add to that ever-expanding to-do list: make sure your Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) listing is up-to-date for 2015. ATDW is the national platform for digital tourism information in Australia, and eligible events and festivals can join ATDW for free. Simply register, then create your listing which will be displayed on the South Australian Tourism Commission’s flagship website, It’s a great way to get in touch with the people who use the web to research their holidays. Visit the ATDW page for more information.

Events South Australia on the road
Events South Australia held an Events and Festivals Industry Workshop on Kangaroo Island on 19 November. Twenty people took part in the workshop, which included an overview of Events South Australia’s role, strategic planning, how to take an event from concept to implementation, event operations and event funding. The next in our series of Industry Workshops will be held in the Flinders Ranges during March 2015. Visit the Event Management Workshop page to find out about the next Industry workshop.

Support for stallholders
There’s no shortage of events around the state that offer businesses the chance to run a stall, but traditionally it’s been tricky to find information on them all in one place. Enter Industry Events, which has produced a free e-publication designed to fill that gap. Industry News gives stallholders all the information they need to efficiently and effectively book stalls at markets, expos, festivals and events. Stallholders subscribe to receive Industry News via a form on the company’s website, with each issue distributed monthly. Email for all the details and to register – you can use the same address if you’re event manager with opportunities for stallholders.

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