From Quilty to Nutella-Palooza, here are a few ways to make the most of your Easter long weekend.
PS. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, drink or be merry over the long weekend, we’ve assembled this useful guide to restaurant, bar and cafe opening hours over the break.
Good Friday, April 19
Memories of Her Majesty Exhibition
QBE Galleries, Adelaide Festival Centre
While the historic façade of Her Majesty’s hangs bare over Grote Street while it awaits the completion of its multi-million dollar restoration, the Adelaide Festival Centre has put together a waltz down memory lane with a rich displayof costumes, memorabilia and photographs from the theatre’s 100 year history.
Alex the Astronaut
Lion Arts Factory, 8pm
Like an antipodean Laura Marling with a love of space, Alex the Astronaut is part of a wave of emerging Australian singer-songwriters telling some timely truths. She’ll be joined by emerging Adelaide folk troupe Saint Jacques.
Saturday, April 20
Born of a humble desire to celebrate that hazelnut pantry staple, this event has exploded in recent years to include huge spread of stalls, activities and pop up restaurants showcasing Nutella’s surprising versatility.
David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive
South Australian Museum
With David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive, Adelaideans will be able to take a virtual reality (VR) 360-degree underwater tour of one of the seven natural wonders of the world with the great Sir David Attenborough as their personal guide.
The Gov, 7.30pm
The Brisbane pop group have flourished in the past two years, and their artistic and personal progression hits new heights on their self-titled new album.
Prohibition Gin masterclass on the Popeye
Elder Park Landing, 1:30pm and 5pm
Prohibition Gin are hopping aboard the historic Popeye for what promises to be a very boozy pleasure cruise of the Torrens. The one and a half hour cruise includes a tasting of three gins along with a bar full of beer, wine and cider. Pro tip: ask the Captain for some weir trivia. Weirs are fascinating, especially with a few gins in you.
Sunday, April 21
The Golden Wattle, 6pm
The crème egg of the crop of local alt country bands have been assembled for this Easter Sunday celebration of song at The Golden Wattle. The lineup includes Ricky Albeck, The Maraby Band, Allume and The San Sebastian – good eggs all round.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Having opened at the height of the Adelaide Festival and Fringe season, it’s understandable if you have yet to visit the first major survey exhibition of Ben Quilty’s work. Open until June, the long weekend is a fine opportunity to explore the career of one of Australia’s most prominent living artists.
The Story So Far and Basement
The Gov, 7:30pm
Some people enjoy a quiet day of recovery on the final stretch of a four-day long weekend. For the rest of us, this co-headlining tour of California’s the Story So Far and Britain’s Basement promises to be a very loud, very energetic Monday at the pub.
Ben Quilty, Australia, born 1973, The Blue Pill (explain the world), 2016, Southern Highlands, New South Wales, oil on linen, 183.0 x 173.0 cm; Private collection, Courtesy the artist.