Events South Australia News


Sunshine. Long days. Almond blossom and lazy lunches. It’s springtime in South Australia and events are unfolding across the state. In this edition we’ll reflect on the past three months and look ahead to all that’s coming up . . . fashion, food and festive-season fun are just for starters.

Events South Australia News keeps you updated on the events we manage, plus the latest from major and regional events we sponsor. Each edition we hear from an events industry member, along with sharing opportunities for support and development. New subscribers can go here to sign up – be sure to download the latest South Australian events calendar as well. The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) website,, will have you inspired to explore. We’d love to hear your suggestions for Events South Australia News; please email our newsletter co-ordinator Alex Weaver here.

Events South Australia: the latest

Minister Leon Bignell Minister Leon Bignell with the Best Event Award

Another big win for South Australia
It’s time to celebrate! On 21 September South Australia was named Best Event State at the Australian Event Awards for the second year running. Events South Australia would like to congratulate everyone who contributes to South Australia’s events industry, including event owners, sponsors, host councils and business operators. This award reflects the strength of local events year-round, both in Adelaide and regional South Australia. Everyone should feel very proud of our collective achievement, and we thank all who had a part in this recognition.

We were doubly thrilled to see the Santos Tour Down Under named Best Sporting Event at the Australian Event Awards. The event’s success is a true team effort and we’d like to thank our wonderful community of supporters and partners. Here’s to another great edition of the Santos Tour Down Under next January. Read more about the Australian Event Awards here.

Peter Sagan Peter Sagan

Cycling superstar on his way
He’s the hottest name in cycling today – and he’s racing at the Santos Tour Down Under. Slovakian Peter Sagan will be in South Australia for the 14-22 January event, with fans delighted at the news. The 26-year-old Sagan, the current UCI world road champion and seven-time Tour de France stage winner, is set to race with his new team Bora-Hansgrohe. He’ll also take centre stage at the Legends’ Night Dinner on Saturday 21 January. Book your tickets now.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royals

Pageant royalty
For the first time in 20 years – and perhaps even in the history of the event – everyday South Australians, rather than credit union or John Martin’s employees, will be considered as members of the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family. We’ve been on the hunt for people with a great community spirit and a passion for this much-loved celebration. Stay tuned for an announcement on the new royals!

Adelaide Fashion Festival Adelaide Fashion Festival Launch

Fashion forward
The Adelaide Fashion Festival was launched on 9 August at the South Australian Heath and Medical Research Institute, with its glittering interior a perfect match for cutting-edge designs from local label Acler. The AFF program is out now and features 20 events, including 10 runways, over its five days. Special guests include game-changer Lisa Messenger, The Daily Edited’s Alyce Tran and Tania Debono from The Writing. Head to the festival website to discover more and make your bookings.

Ross Ganf Ross Ganf

Tasting Australia: a quick bite
New Tasting Australia event manager Ross Ganf has hit the ground running. Ross’s experience includes creative direction and management of Adelaide Festival hubs Barrio and Lola’s Pergola, with his latest role in event delivery at Melbourne’s District Agency. Tasting Australia returns from 30 April-7 May 2017 – we look forward to sharing more on its exciting next edition in the coming months.

Edinburgh Fringe Edinburgh Fringe

Fringe to Fringe
Events South Australia’s Brian Gilbertson visited the Edinburgh Fringe last month as part of the Made in Adelaide delegation led by Arts South Australia, with support from the SATC and other government departments. Brian kept busy with a suite of meetings and joined festival-goers at the Made in Adelaide Showcase, which featured South Australian musicians, food and wine and virtual reality headsets provided by the SATC that captured some of the state’s top experiences. He also attended the signing of memorandums of understanding between the Adelaide Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, and between the Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. These will strengthen cultural ties between the two cities, with Red61 – the UK’s largest ticketing company – set to open its doors in Adelaide and further boost consumer and artist confidence in the city. Read more here.

Adelaide Oval Adelaide Oval

Cricket coup
Adelaide Oval will host two additional cricket matches over the coming summer. The KFC Twenty20 Australia v Sri Lanka and the women’s Twenty20 Southern Stars v New Zealand games will be held on 22 February, with more than 40,000 people tipped to see the clashes live and a huge international viewing audience expected. The games were secured through the State Government’s Major Events Bid Fund, and in partnership with the South Australian Cricket Association. All the details are here.

Events South Australia Events South Australia

Events in action
The importance of events to the South Australian visitor economy has been captured in a new video featuring Events South Australia general manager Hitaf Rasheed. The economic impact delivered by leisure events grew by 24 per cent in the year ending March 2016 to reach a record $337 million, well on the way to our 2020 target of $400 million. See the video here and stay tuned for a new clip covering South Australia’s winter events.

Sponsored Events

Netball Netball Quad Series

Diamonds dazzle
More than 8,000 netball fans were at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 31 August to see the Australian Diamonds defeat the England Roses 66-46. The game – part of the new Netball Quad Series – was the first time the Diamonds had played in Adelaide since October 2013. Events South Australia was a proud sponsor of the match.

Winter Reds Festival Winter Reds Weekend

Winter wrap
The days were cooler but it didn’t stop crowds flocking to drawcards sponsored by Events South Australia, among them the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, Winter Reds Weekend and Barossa Gourmet Weekend. Sporty types embraced the Kangaroo Island Marathon and 18 Hours of Melrose, with racing action at the Port Augusta Cup and a jam-packed month of SALA Festival events.

Funding boost
Thirty-one events are sharing a total of $381,000 allocated through the 2016-17 Regional Events and Festivals Program, funding that comes on top of the $70 million in additional tourism funding allocated in the past two state budgets. Click here to read more and see the full list of grant recipients.

Around Town

Umbrella Umbrella Winter City Sounds

First-time festival a hit
Umbrella: Winter City Sounds brought audiences more than 260 events across 62 venues. The Music SA initiative, which builds on Adelaide’s status as a UNESCO City of Music, was held from 15 July to 7 August and was warmly received by gig-goers. Umbrella organisers have now invited audience members and event promoters to give their feedback, which can be done through links on this page.

Hunters & Collectors Hunters and Collectors

Aussie rockers headed for Clipsal 500
Legendary band Hunters & Collectors will reunite for a one-off exclusive Australian performance at the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Lead singer Mark Seymour said the band loved a big stage. ‘One-off gigs like this don’t come around very often and the band relishes the opportunity to let rip in South Australia! At the Clipsal 500 we’ll be putting everything on the line for a solid one hundred minutes,’ Seymour said. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide attracted 263,500 fans and injected more than $40.4 million into the state’s visitor economy this year. Click here to read more about the show to come.

Adelaide Festival Plaza transformation kicking off
Construction will begin this month on the new-look Adelaide Central Plaza. Development company Lendlease has won the contract to lower Festival Drive and separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic, seamlessly linking icon sites of the Riverbank precinct such as the Adelaide Oval. This first works package will also involve the construction of new loading docks for the InterContinental Adelaide, SKYCITY Casino and the Adelaide Festival Centre. Read more about the works here.

Five minutes with...

Chris Kontos Chris Kontos

There’s never a dull moment when Chris Kontos is around. The Adelaide Fashion Festival creative director sat down with us to talk all things AFF – and what he’d bring to a desert island.

1. Tell us about your career in the fashion industry.
Retail, design, marketing and manufacturing: my career in fashion has spanned all of these facets and it’s an industry I absolutely love. I’m really proud to be South Australian and this is a great time for fashion in Adelaide. My role as AFF creative director came after being part of the creative steering committee for the 2015 festival, and I feel now is a great time to base myself at home and focus my energy on supporting the local community of designers through this event.

2. What are you most passionate about?
So many things! Right now I’d say I’m most passionate about sharing South Australia’s design talent with the world.

3. How is the Adelaide Fashion Festival evolving?
There are so many new and emerging designers with the potential to make a major mark on the industry and around the globe. The Adelaide Fashion Festival is continuing to put these designers front and centre alongside our incredibly talented established designers so we can build a collective of creatives. There’s strength in numbers and we want to celebrate the industry as a whole.

4. What can we look forward to at the festival this year?
Paolo Sebastian closed the 2015 festival and returns this year for two runway shows that we know will be a major moment. I’m also very much looking forward to the Fashion Insiders’ Breakfast at Hilton Adelaide – it really will give an insight into our industry and key players in it. The Daring and Disruptive Lunch with Lisa Messenger at Mercedez Benz Adelaide is another must; Lisa will share her insights over lunch prepared by Simon Bryant. It’s so hard to pick just a few events though – all of the runways will have their own feel and we’re welcoming renowned stylists Nicole Bonython-Hines and Philippa Moroney back to work their magic at AFF. Plus there’s fantastic events outside of the city like Parades on Norwood Parade and Variety on King William. You could say I’m looking forward to it all!

5. What three things would you take if you were stranded on a desert island?
A cheeseburger, moisturiser and water.

Events on the way

Get those diaries ready and take your pick of upcoming events.


Bay to Birdwood Bay to Birdwood

OzAsia Festival
17 September-2 October, Adelaide
OzAsia will celebrate 10 years with performances, exhibitions and events including the much-loved Moon Lantern Festival.

Bay to Birdwood
25 September, Adelaide Hills
Classic vehicles will be in the spotlight for this year’s Bay to Birdwood Run, held between West Beach and the Adelaide Hills.

Ceduna Oysterfest
30 September-2 October, Eyre Peninsula
Australia’s largest oyster festival will this year offer even more fresh, sumptuous seafood from local waters.


Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
1-31 October, Limestone Coast
Get ready for lunches, dinners, masterclasses and more at the new month-long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations.

Renmark Rose Festival
15-24 October, Riverland
This 10-day festival celebrates nature’s beauty with events and attractions across the Riverland.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
19-23 October, Adelaide
Five days, 10 runways, 20 events – don’t miss the 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival.

Adelaide’s Longest Lunch
21 October, Adelaide
This sold-out event will see 600 diners gather along the iconic Riverbank footbridge to enjoy South Australia’s finest food and wine.

Fleurieu Folk Festival
21-23 October, Fleurieu Peninsula
More than 50 artists across a range of folk genres will be on stage at this three-day festival.

Feast Festival
21 October-6 November
Celebrate love at Feast Festival, which turns 20 in 2016.


Australian International 3 Day Event Australian International 3 Day Event

Australian International Three Day Event

3-6 November, Adelaide
Equestrian action returns to the heart of Adelaide, with the new Dual Crown of eventing and jumping added to this year’s program.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant

12 November, Adelaide
The magic of Christmas returns to Adelaide’s streets, with 172 bright and colourful sets – including floats, bands, dancers and clowns – to entertain a huge crowd.

Handpicked Festival
12 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Veronicas and Killing Heidi are among the acts playing this year’s Handpicked Festival, held at Lake Breeze Wines.

Adelaide Motorsport Festival
17-20 November, Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival includes the Prima Tour, Classic Adelaide Rally and Victoria Park Sprint, with this year’s program featuring three former F1 drivers.

Yankalilla Cruise

18-20 November, Fleurieu Peninsula
Friday-night music and dancing at the Yankalilla Hotel will set the scene for a display of classic and hot-rod vehicles on the Sunday.

All Steamed Up
19-20 November, Murray River, Lakes and Coorong
Head to the banks of the Murray at Mannum for a weekend of family fun.

Industry News

SafeWorkSA SafeWorkSA

Events South Australia is pleased to share the following information from our colleagues at SafeWork SA:

SafeWork SA is responsible for providing work health and safety, public safety and state-based industrial relations services across South Australia. As a regulator, our inspectors ensure work health and safety and public safety standards are met and appropriate action is taken when breaches of laws are detected. Organisers of public events are required to meet their obligations as a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) under the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

High-risk event activities that are of interest to SafeWork SA include:
• Amusement rides
• Licensable amounts of dangerous goods (i.e. 250kg or more of LPG or 120 litres or more of petrol)
• Fireworks
• Staging or large marquees

Depending on the scope of the event, SafeWork SA may focus on a number of areas which could include:
• Stakeholder engagement with organisers
• Amusement ride audits
• Catering van audits
• Confirmation of appropriate licensing for high risk work activities and storage of dangerous substances
• Site visits during bump-in, bump-out, and/or during the event, and/or
• Spot checks for traffic management, electrical safety and any other identified risks.

SafeWork SA’s key compliance objective when auditing public events focuses on each PCBU’s primary duty of care, the duty of PCBUs with management or control of workplaces, and the duty of workers. We also offer a free advisory service to help people understand and meet their obligations. To book a free WHS advisory service visit or call us on 1300 365 255.

To find out more about how compliance with work health and safety and public safety laws can be achieved for a public event, please contact Mandy Kay, Community, Retail, & Business Services Team Manager via email or telephone on 8463 4990.

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Watch this space 
Registrations for Bridgestone World Solar Challenge volunteers will open soon. Keep an eye on the website or email if you’re interested in this opportunity.

Tourism News

Events South Australia is the major events arm of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here’s the latest in tourism news across the state.

SA reaping rewards from record $5.95 billion visitor economy: South Australia’s visitor economy has reached an all-time high of $5.95 billion as our state continues to attract a record number of interstate and international visitors. See the full media release here.

Adelaide to land direct flights with mainland China: 
China Southern Airlines will begin direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou from December. Click here for the full media release and here for an SATC video on understanding China.

4000 new tourism jobs created in South Australia: Independent data shows more than 4000 tourism jobs have been created across South Australia in the past two years. Click here for the full media release.

New global tourism campaign – boosting SA’s visitor economy: A new global tourism campaign has been launched to keep growing South Australia’s record visitor economy. Click here for the full media release, and here to see the ads.

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