Australia’s largest celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, an underground music festival championing femme and non-binary artists, a free block party, a Gelato Messina pop-up and more – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
Adelaide: the weather’s warm and a long weekend is on the horizon. Plus we’re switching over to Daylight Saving Time, meaning more sunshine. Is there a better time to get out and about? This weekend DIY festival Half Strange will take over three city venues for three days of underground Australian music. Catch experimental pop artist Rainbow Chan and noir folk band Fair Maiden leading a line-up of predominately female and non-binary artists. “As a female musician I often feel acutely aware of the ways in which cis-male musicians continue to take precedence and hold centre stage, while female and non-binary musicians have to literally muscle their way into any kind of spotlight,” founder Harriet Fraser-Barbour told Broadsheet last week. Read more about the event here.
Tarnanthi, Australia’s largest celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture, returns on October 17. Works by more than 1000 artists from around the country will be displayed at the Art Gallery of South Australia and venues across the state. Participating artists range from 15 to 81 years of age, and work in a range of disciplines including painting, photography, printmaking, carving, sculpture, moving image, textiles and performance. The festival’s annual art fair is also back, with all proceeds from sales going directly to the artists and art centres. Keep an eye on Broadsheet this month for our chat with artistic director Nici Cumpston.
Last Friday I saw some of Australia’s best labels on the Slow Fashion Festival runway (take a look at our street-style gallery from the event). This month, you can shop the looks at Slow’s pop-up store in Adelaide Central Plaza, operating in partnership with ethical clothing retailer Well Made Clothes. Find jeans by Denimsmith; activewear label Nagnata; and locals Good Studios, Re-Swim Club, Commons Studio and Exchange and Autark. It’s also stocking New Zealand label Kowtow, cult French sneaker brand Veja, and vegan leather label Matt & Nat.
Speaking of fashion, Adelaide’s third annual Vogue Festival will take over Rundle Mall and Rundle Street this month. The three-day festival – now out from the umbrella of Adelaide Fashion Festival – is co-presented by Vogue Australia and will host a pop-up party at Ebenezer Place, a fashion market, a high tea with Paul Vasileff (founder of design house Paolo Sebastian) and more. Gelato Messina will also be popping-up, bringing its signature flavours and desserts to Adelaide for the first time. Expect the chain’s most popular flavours, plus two custom sundaes and two mini gelato cakes. It’s here for a good time, not a long time.
The Lion Arts Factory is dedicating a day to a cocktail classic that’s adored and maligned in equal measure – the Espresso Martini. There’ll be three flavours to try – classic, double choc chip and Golden Gaytime (styled on the iconic ice-cream) – and they’re only $10 apiece. The event coincides with the launch of a new disco-fuelled club night – Martini – in the venue’s front room.
A team of hospo heavyweights is assembling some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry this month to discuss the past, present and future of food, wine and hospitality. Grow Assembly – lead by Meira Harel (Leigh Street Wine Room’s rockstar sommelier), Banjo Harris Plane (former co-owner of Melbourne’s Bar Liberty and Capitano) and Kylie Javier-Ashton (restaurant manager at Sydney’s Momofuku Seiōbo) – will make its way to Adelaide for the first time for a day of TED-style talks and workshops hosted by seasoned hospitality leaders from Lucia’s, Fall From Grace, S.C. Pannell Wines, Leigh Street Wine Room and more. Lunch will be provided by Africola and Soi 38, drinks by Mismatch Brewing and Applewood Distillery.
On October 19, the teams behind Nola, The Stag Public House and Yiasou George are taking over their corner of the East End with a free block party. There’ll be live music, five bars, a roaming yiros cart and Nola’s famous fried chicken, plus the crews from Cry Baby, Hellbound and Young Henrys.
Wind down at the end of the month at Cheesefest & Ferment in Rymill Park. With more than 120 food and wine producers, chefs and cheesemongers on the bill, you can expect exactly what it says on the tin: some of the country’s finest cheeses and international imports, plus your favourite fermented goods (wine, chocolate, kimchi and sourdough, to name a few). There’ll also be bars dedicated to wine, beer, whisky, sake, limoncello and more, and a series of masterclasses hosted by East End Cellars.