Festival City

For much of its history, Adelaide was known as the City of Churches, and indeed, there is a surprising number of impressive church buildings in the old part of the city. However, as with many of the early American colonies, this did not simply show the presence of religion, but also represented political freedom, freedom of religion, and increased civil liberties. The original settlers of Adelaide were largely British citizens breaking with the Anglican Church and German Lutherans escaping persecution, and they showed their delight in being free to worship as they wished by all building their own churches. Of course, freedom wasn’t the only reason people came—there was also the possibility of building a better life. Again, not much different from the American colonies, just farther from England. (And for those who never thought of it, there’s a really good reason the settlement of Australia started right after the American Revolution.)

More recently, Adelaide has come to be known as the Festival City. It is a city with a lively arts scene and major arts festivals. One of the city’s centerpieces is Festival Hall (pictured below), which is more modern and has more innovations than what they refer to as “that other place” (i.e., the Sydney Opera House). Though less iconic than Sydney’s dramatically sculptural harbor-side center, Adelaide’s Festival Hall is a strikingly handsome building and a splendid venue for the performing arts.

Adelaide's Festival Hall

Adelaide's Festival Hall

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