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- January 25, 2016 (Australia Day Eve)
- March 18, 2016
- June 17, 2016
- September 18, 2016
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Australia Day Awards Kick Off Adelaide's 175th Anniversary Celebrations
Lord Mayor Martin Haese launched the City of Adelaide’s 175th anniversary celebrations today as part of the annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, held at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Martin placed the first of a series of items in a time capsule to commemorate the city’s 175th anniversary year. The community will also be encouraged to become part of Adelaide’s history by adding items to the time capsule during 2015.
At the event, the Lord Mayor also presented this year’s Australia Day Awards to:
- Community Event of the Year: Feast Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival
- Young Citizen of the Year: Adam Chesters, co-founder of Rundle St music business SoundPond.net
- Citizen of the Year: Frank Ford AM, for his service to the arts in Adelaide
Martin said each of the recipients has shown a vision and understanding of the arts, creating opportunities for others to express their creativity through accessible forums that can be enjoyed by the whole community.
Citizen of the Year, Frank Ford AM, is a freelance writer, director, dramaturg, lecturer and former head of the University of Adelaide’s drama department. Currently Chair of the Independent Arts Foundation, Frank is the founding chair of the Adelaide Fringe and he also founded the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
“Frank’s work in the arts community in Adelaide spans many decades. He’s played an integral role in establishing Adelaide as the ‘festival state’ and we are so pleased to be able to afford him this recognition,” Martin said.
“He is a wonderful role model for young artists and performers and a true testament to Adelaide as a place of possibilities when creativity, vision, drive, ambition and support can grow and flourish.”
Adam Chesters, co-founder of SoundPond.net - an entirely online live broadcast music studio based in the city - is the Young Citizen of the Year for his work towards showcasing local musicians and artists.
“Adam is a role model in the music industry and the wider start-up sector. He is living proof that you can earn a living doing something that you love,” Martin said.
Adam has grown his vision for underground electronic music to include a city ‘hub’ on Rundle Street, combining a music studio with a bar, art gallery, shared offices and events space.
The Community Event of The Year was awarded to Feast Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival, which started as a collaboration between artists and community cultural workers in 1997 that has grown to an annual event attracting more than 35,000 people to the city each year.
The internationally recognised ‘Feast Festival’ is the State’s largest curated cultural event, providing entertainment with a focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community.
“Feast fosters cultural diversity and social inclusion and provides an avenue for expression of a sense of pride, community involvement, identity, celebration and diversity,” Martin said.
The Awards were presented as part of the Council’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, with around 43 people, born between 1961 and 2000; from 20 different countries, conferred with their Australian Citizenship.
“I welcome all of our new Australian citizens to Adelaide, and congratulate them on their embrace of the responsibilities and privileges of being an Australian through their pledges of commitment,” Martin said.
Australia Day is the most popular day to become a citizen, with some 430 ceremonies held across the nation.
Meanwhile around 40,000 people are expected to converge in the city on Monday, 26 January for the annual Australia Day in the City – Parade, Concert and Fireworks, which is proudly supported by the Council.