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When 'Mad March' Goes South, Go West With Art After Dark


When 'Mad March' Goes South, Go West With Art After Dark

Madeleine Manglaras

While Adelaide's 'Mad March' makes it all about the East End, the Fringe and Adelaide Festival have left us feeling down and out, having packed away their croquet sticks and drawn their red velvet curtains, the West End will be waiting to wrap us up in its cultural arms and 'there there' us with Art After Dark's Summer (is over, but the heat isn't) Party.

Every Thursday from 5pm, Art After Dark opens all of the art venues in the West End to showcase art, films, music, artist talks, workshops, and of course, the most delectable of crafts: food, beer and wine. On the 17 March, Art After Dark is set to throw a Summer Party with the support of Splash Adelaide that will run from 5pm to 8pm in the Lion Arts Courtyard.

Contributing venues include the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of ArtJamFactory Contemporary Craft and DesignMercury CinemaAustralian Experimental Art Foundation, as well as Nexus Arts,which will launch its multicultural art exhibition, Who Are We Anyway? on the night.

There'll be live music from worldly pop-folk band, The Coconut Kidsand Zedbra; an all-ages art workshop run by Afghani poet and visual artist Elyas Alavi. Free henna art by Linda Bell and grub and bevs from burger van Daisy Burger will be there to wash down all that art.

Art After Dark invites galleries and venues in the West End to allow people to explore the unilluminated side of art, by opening their doors after hours. It welcomes experiences of art and culture that are fun and electrifying, and encourages Adelaidians to keep on supporting local talent beyond the festival season.

So leave your post-festival season sadness at home and bring along your baby, your friends or your family to enjoy a balmy night out West during a summer that hasn't yet escaped us.

The Art After Dark Summer Party will be held on 17 March from 5pm in the Lion Arts Courtyard. Join the event on Facebook.

All images via Art After Dark.