Each year as March madness draws ever closer, the cries of arts lovers and festival goers grow louder, echoing the perennial concern over the inconvenient clash of the Clipsal 500 with the Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival, Womadelaide and more, in what is the busiest week in the Adelaide social calendar.
Lucky for some, those angry cries can barely be heard through the roars of the V8 engines and fighter planes ringing through the usually sleepy city.
And while the clash of cultures rages on, the events continue to pile up as the state government decides what to do to ease the disparately busy period.
So is the Clipsal the monster everyone thinks it is? Should the big race be the one to move? And what are the issues involved with so many events on at the one time? Danni Frangos, Tom Angley and Chris Brunner tackled these important questions and more in this week’s Alley Cat Chat…
Vacant Space is a vibrant urban art market inspired by street culture and held during the summer months in the inner city squares of Adelaide.
The first event was held in December, showcasing local music, dance crews, fashion, art, street vendors and more in an effort to embrace Adelaide’s urban culture, foster creativity, and support the local scene.
The next event will be on Sunday, February 10 at Light Square, so Danni Frangos caught up with Vacant Space organiser Sarah Collins and asked her how the initiative began…
What do you get when you mix members of top Adelaide bands The Honey Pies, The British Robots, Central Deli Band and Cheer Advisory Council with an exceptionally talented mandolin player reared on folk music? The Wild Things! A who’s who of local musicians fusing bluegrass, rock, country and 60s pop to deliver melodic, harmonic and timeless songs.
The five piece are set to release their debut album At The Crossroad in March but in the meantime you can catch them live at Ed Castle this Friday night. Band members Hugh, Mark, Alex and Luke stopped by the Streetcast studio ahead of the show for a chat with Danni Frangos and to play a couple of live tracks, including a stripped back Blur cover!
Emerging Adelaide artist Zoe Brooks blurs the boundaries of paint, installation and sculpture, stripping back mediums to create an interpretation, or essence, of her subject rather than a perfect portrayal.
Her latest exhibition Revenue and Roadkill explores these themes, taking elements from the Australian landscape and isolating them from their usual backdrop.
Zoe came in to Radio Adelaide over the weekend to speak with Streetcaster Nick Pipe about the exhibition, which is now open upstairs at Urban Cow Studio. Listen below.
Local artist Amy Gilbert has been making art in all mediums for most of her life. Inspired by her surroundings and the familiar, Amy uses recycled materials with connections to those around her and she has continued this approach in her latest exhibition Close to the Heart, a collection of textile brooches to be worn and kept – in her words – close to the heart.
The exhibition opens at Urban Cow Studio on January 6, so Danni Frangos caught up with Amy ahead of the launch and asked her where the inspiration behind the brooches came from.
Local musician Kaurna Cronin makes – in his words – ‘folkish’ music, following the earnest nu-folk storytelling of artists like The Tallest Man on Earth and Johnny Flynn. In keeping with the folk theme Kaurna is headlining Full Moon Folk tonight at the Queens Theatre with a bunch of fellow Adelaide troubadours but not before he joined Danni Frangos in the Streetcast studio to discuss his music, his travels and fan letters from admirers.