What does Adelaide now have in common with cities like Barcelona, Krakow, Montreal and Edinburgh, you may ask? Well- we have an exciting announcement for you! As of last week, Adelaide has been invited to join the exclusive list of cities throughout the world that are apart of The International Festival City Network, a prestigious organisation that recognises cities of the world that have a reputation for holding the best festivals. Obviously, all of us Adelaidians have always known of the talent in our city for such things, but thanks to this award, the rest of the world now does as well.
Being the only Australian city invited to be a part of this list, we're quite chuffed to be recognised for what we do best! Executive officer of Festival Adelaide, Christie Anthoney says that the inclusion is a huge honour. 'This a prestigious and rightly-deserved membership,' she said, 'Adelaide is the festival city of Australia and at this stage as I understand there is no intention to invite another city from Australia, it's just us.'
After extensive surveys of attendance and ticket sale numbers, Adelaide was found to beat all other Aussie states in these areas for festivals, and being a part of The International Festival City Network list will allow for even further networking and exposure. Used for idea sharing and event management ideas, the organisation is a fantastic opportunity for Adelaide to further-improve it's impressive status. 'We will share understanding of what infrastructure makes for great festival cities, what government programs work, how we can connect with audiences and I guess just help each other to be the best we can,' Anthoney said.
So what's next on the to-do list for The International Festival City Network's newest member? Aim higher, of course! 'We have great ambition to be the best festival city in the world,' says Anthoney, 'through working with this network, we can certainly learn a lot and share what we already do brilliantly.'
South Australia's biggest festivals include WOMAdelaide, the Adelaide Fringe, OzAsia, Adelaide Flim Festival and the Adelaide Arts Festival- all sound reasons for why Adelaide has been awarded with such an honourable award. With other events such as SALA Festival, Feast Festival, Cabaret Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival and the Come Out Children's Festival- it is safe to say Adelaide is finally getting the recognition it deserves!
Cover image supplied by WOMADelaide.