Curated by Slava Grigoryan
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Celebrating the world’s most popular instrument annually.
12-15 September 2024

The Adelaide Guitar Festival, initially known as the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, is Australia’s largest guitar festival. It was first held in 2007 and has since become a biennial event, taking place in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. The festival is known for featuring a wide range of local, national, and international artists across various genres including rock, jazz, classical, experimental, blues, and roots music.

The festival was founded as part of an initiative to transform the Adelaide Festival Centre into the nation’s most innovative arts hub. It drew inspiration from the New York Guitar Festival and was a significant success in its inaugural year, attracting over 30,000 attendees.


Slava Grigoryan has been the artistic director of the festival since 2010. Under his direction, the festival has continued to grow, incorporating events like Guitars In Bars, Winter School, and the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition.

Over the years, the festival has hosted a diverse range of artists. In its initial years, performers included Ralph Towner, Jorma Kaukonen, The Assad Duo, Pepe Romero, and many others. Subsequent festivals featured artists like The Romeros Guitar Quartet, Xavier Rudd, Adrian Belew, John Scofield Trio, Tommy Emmanuel, and more.

In 2024, the festival is set to run from September 12-15. This adjustment is part of an effort to explore new formats and partnerships, as well as to extend festival activities throughout the year, including regional tours in autumn and spring.

For more detailed information and to stay updated, you can visit the Adelaide Guitar Festival’s official website at Adelaide Guitar Festival. For social media updates, including artist announcements and event details, you can follow their Facebook page, linked on the festival’s official website.