Announcing their third Adelaide Festival program, after breaking box office records in their first two, co-Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy have unveiled an exciting line-up of 70 events, among them the Mahler Chamber Orchestra led by Daniel Harding, Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery Choir, Hofesh Shechter’s latest dance piece Grand Finale, the return of Meryl Tankard’s legendary Two Feetwith Russian prima ballerina Natalia Osipova taking over the role, and La Mama’s Uncle Vanyaperformed in real time over two days at Hans Heysen’s historical home The Cedars.

Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery Choir

Exploring the line-up, which includes 17 Australian premieres and 10 world premieres, the duo says that although they didn’t start out with a theme, one of the ideas shared by a number of artists in the program is the global challenge of displacement, and migration as millions seek refuge and beg for asylum.

Counting and Cracking,Belvoir’s epic new tale of home, exile and family, sheds long overdue light on the glorious complexity of the Sri Lankan diaspora in Australia. On a very different note, the rough heartfelt Manusby all-Iranian...

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