New Adelaide event to spread the word

29 May 2013

International stars, including Little Britain’s Matt Lucas, along with up and coming locals, are set to shine this winter at a new festival exploring the power of words.

The entertaining and inspiring new festival - Word Adelaide - will be held from 15th-18th August 2013 at a range of city venues.

It will feature English comedian, screenwriter, singer and actor Matt Lucas, who is best known for his role in the television series Little Britain.

Matt will share the Adelaide Entertainment Centre stage on Saturday August 17th with comedian Kitty Flanagan, Emeritus Professor of Language Roly Sussex and bassist Guy Pratt, who has played with Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer and Icehouse.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the new winter event complements the annual calendar of festivals.

“The Word Adelaide festival is focused on participation, and we would love to see as many people as possible getting involved - August is fast approaching and we encourage everyone to spread the word: a new event is on its way.”

Other highlights include Words Without Music on Sunday 18 August at Her Majesty’s Theatre, which will feature Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet and Guy Pratt discussing the lyrics to their world-famous songs.

Emerging and established MCs are invited to enter the festival’s Freestyle MC Competition, which includes suburban heats and a city final. Its $10,000 winner-take-all first prize puts it among the largest open rap competitions around the globe.

Yarn spinning with Kitty Flanagan, soapbox with comedian Joel Ozborn, a writing competition, public readings, indigenous story-telling and events in partnership with the SALA Festival and the State Library also feature in the program.

Word Adelaide program highlights:

Thursday 15 August
Yarn spinning with Kitty Flanagan at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, 7.30pm
Join Australian comedian Kitty Flanagan for tall tales at one of Adelaide’s best-loved pubs. Register as a yarn spinner or simply grab a ticket and expect the unexpected! There are great prizes on offer, and the audience will be the judge.

Friday 16 August
Soapbox with Joel Ozborn in the Rundle Mall precinct
Got something to say? Get it off your chest on the Word Adelaide soapbox, to be hosted by award-winning comedian Joel Ozborn. This event also offers prizes and will be judged by the audience.

Freestyle MC Competition FINAL, Thebarton Theatre, 7.30pm
Emerging and established MCs from around the nation will perform in Adelaide, all with their eye on the $10,000 winner-take-all prize.

Saturday 17 August
Soapbox with Joel Ozborn in the Rundle Mall precinct. Poetry/short story reading at the State Library Finalists in Word Adelaide’s poetry and short story competition will read their work, accompanied by festival artists.

In Their Own Words at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 7.30pm
It will be a night to remember as Matt Lucas, Kitty Flanagan and Roly Sussex – hosted by Guy Pratt – take the stage to talk language, their lives and why words matter.

Sunday 18 August
Words Without Music at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 7.30pm
Celebrated songwriters will share the inspiration and stories behind their famous lyrics… and some you might not realise they wrote.

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Word Adelaide is proudly owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Visit WordAdelaide’s website for more event information and to purchase tickets.

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