Tectonics Adelaide Festival 2016

Date: 4 and 5 March 2016
Location: Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street


The Adelaide Festival of Arts is one of the world’s great arts events. The annual Adelaide Festival is one of Australia’s largest multi-arts festivals, with a strong tradition of innovation and excellence. With a focus on the contemporary, the Festival features the best in theatre, dance, music, literature, the visual arts and new media, from around Australia and the world.

For more than 50 years Adelaide Festival audiences have delighted in an outstanding mix of inspiring, challenging and entertaining artists and performers. This vital and prestigious celebration of art from around the globe has defined South Australia as the nation’s premier festival state. With internationally acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces and striking visual arts displays, Adelaide’s warm March days and starry nights provide the ideal setting for this highly accessible event.

Throughout its history Adelaide Festival has shared Australia’s best new work along with some of the world’s great companies and international artists including Sylvie Guillem, John Zorn, Marlene Dietrich, Allen Ginsberg, James Thiérrée, Philip Glass, Isabelle Huppert, Schaubühne Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Isabella Rossellini, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nina Simone, Jane Birkin and Malcolm McLaren.


Tectonics Adelaide curated and conducted by Ilan Volkov featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Classical meets abstract sound-art in fruitful festival collision.

Full program announced 

Acclaimed conductor and curator Ilan Volkov returns with a spectacular new two-day Tectonics Adelaide program. The first night, Volkov, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, showcases new orchestral works with a stunning array of collaborators. Day two sees luminaries including Phill Niblock and others unite with new ensembles to premiere experimental electronic, chamber and a cappella work.


Two Program Package Ticket
Adult $79, Friends $67,
Concession $63, Under 30 $45

One Program Ticket
Adult $49, Friends $42,
Concession $38, Under 30 $30


Program One (Friday)

Ilan Volkov (Conductor) with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Necks and Speak Percussion & Plus Splinter Orchestra

New work by:
Eyvind Kang
Annie Hsieh
Cathy Milliken
Phill Niblock
Jim O’Rourke

Program Two (Saturday)

David Shea with Speak Percussion + Mindy Wong – World Premiere
Laura Altman, Romy Caen, Prue Fuller, Melanie Herbert
Jim Denley, Cor Fuhler, Bonnie Stewart, Easter Toru, Peter Farrar, Andrew Fedorovitch
Jessika Kenney (solo)
Phill Niblock with Dafne Vicente – Sandoval – World Premiere
Speak Percussion plays Klaus Lang
Arcadia Quintet (Musica Viva FutureMakers) + Speak plays Eyvind Kang – World Premiere
Eyvind Kang with Jessika Kenney plus Speak Percussion
Nik Kamvissis (solo)