Take a deep breath. October is here and with it all the festivals that aren’t in March. Conveniently, there’s one to appease everyone. Like film? Here you go. Fashion? Here. Theatre? Another. Art? Try this. If you’ve been hibernating the past few months, now’s the time to rectify it. Even better, you’ll have an extra hour of daylight after this weekend. Here’s what to do with it.
Adelaide Film Festival returns next week and there are plenty of must-sees in this year’s program. I’ll be booking a spot at the opening-night premiere of Adelaide-made Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel; Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook follow-up, The Nightingale; and this underwater performance at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. After you’ve worked your way through the program test your knowledge at the Ultimate Film Quiz Night at the Queens Theatre. And keep an eye on Broadsheet for festival director Amanda Duthie’s picks of the bunch later this week.
Get ready to don your best because Adelaide Fashion Festival is almost here. I’ll be checking out Paolo Sebastian’s new couture collection on opening night, which will include a live performance by the ASO, and slow-fashion-focused Slow Saturday, featuring Good Studios, Re-Swim Club, The Commons, Autark, B.B. Shoemaker and Olivia Kathigitis. I’ll also have my eye on new-season garb by Acler and Aje, and Julie White, Naomi Murrell, Tiff Manuell and Cinquante.
OzAsia is back soon with a huge program featuring Shaolin monks, a show you can walk through, and an Iranian play that changes with each performance. There’s also a very millennial theatre show that lets you communicate with the people on stage via messaging app WeChat. The Lucky Dumpling Market is also back with food trucks and live music from locals Goldfields.
Tarnanthi, Adelaide’s contemporary Indigenous-art festival, returns on October 26 with a major exhibition by prolific bark painter John Mawurndjul. The festival’s annual art fair is also back with work from more than 200 emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across a range of disciplines including photography, weaving, sculpture, fabric and jewellery. The pieces range in price from $50 to $5000, and the money goes straight back into communities.
All that festival-going will work up a hunger. Wind down at the rebadged Cheesefest + Ferment in Rymill Park. There’ll be kimchi and cheese toasties, quattro formaggi pizzas, tastings, masterclasses, and more, plus local beers, gins and wines from Basket Range.
There’s more wine on the agenda with a cross-venue wine party at Roxie’s and Chateau Apollo. With fresh drops from Alpha Box & Dice, Ngeringa, Freddy Nerks, Murdoch Hill, Charlotte Dalton, Delinquente, Shobbrook, Jauma and more, plus food from Roxie's Comida Catering Co, this is a guaranteed good time.
And among all this I’ll be stopping in at Sukhimvit Soi 38, which has a fresh new look courtesy of Crafty Design. The menu’s had an update too, with a move away from street food to home-style meals including a take on oxtail curry that subs in an eight-hour-cooked kangaroo tail. I’m especially excited about the new feed-me menu, which traverses south, central and northern Thailand, with matched wine from a list that’s more than doubled in scope.