This year’s special edition of Adelaide Guitar Festival took live music to more people in more places than ever before.

The expanded Adelaide Guitar Festival Special Edition program strongly resonated with regional and local audiences alike. A new curated program throughout July saw packed houses at gigs in Adelaide and 15 regional locations – from Mount Gambier to Port Augusta, and from Wuddina to Kangaroo Island.

The month of music opened with the Hidden Hindmarsh weekend and attracted more than 1000 music enthusiasts to performances in unique venues - from bars to barbers and florists with the support of The City of Charles Sturt.

The festival closed in Port Augusta with tourists and locals treated to two days of music from First Nations artists with Umeewarra Downtown. The event was presented in partnership with Umeewarra Radio, the State Government through the Music Development Office and featured in the Umbrella Winter City Sounds program.

The Resonance program also increased its reach, doubling the number of performances by world-class musicians at hospitals, aged care homes and community centres across the state with 38 performances across the month-long festival.

Receiving rave reviews, this year’s Guitar Winter School saw 91 students from across Australia learn from some of the world’s best guitarists during a week-long guitar intensive. Expert tutors included Dr Paul Svoboda, Cal Williams Jr, Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp, Giuseppe Zangari, Andras Tuske, Jeff Lang, Chris Finnen, Jen Lush and Ben Roberts.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition  was Andrew Blanch (Australia), second place was Callum Henshaw (Australia), and third Lazhar Cherouana (Switzerland). The competition will now run annually and details for 2020 will be released online later this month.  

Blues and roots stars Jeff Lang and Cal Williams Jr played to a sold-out crowd while Grammy Award Winning band Punch Brothers and classical guitarists Karin Schaupp and Miles Johnston received praise from crowds and critics alike.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan: “It has been such a highlight to collaborate and connect with local and regional audiences as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide Guitar Festival. This year’s expanded community program brought artists from around the world and Australia to some of the most remote corners of SA. Adelaide audiences were also entertained with a brilliant line-up of shows and we look forward to delivering an even bigger program next year.”

Next year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival ticketed events will run from 6-9 August 2020 with regional dates to be announced later this year. 

Adelaide is the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia. As the leading winter music event in Adelaide, Adelaide Guitar Festival is proud to celebrate and contribute to this status as a UNESCO City of Music.

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