Umbrella Festival acknowledges and pay our respects to the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands on which our festival takes place. We acknowledge that these lands were never ceded, and remain as important to the living First Nations peoples today and value their ongoing connection to the land, desert, sea and culture. We pay respects to all Elders; past, present and emerging.

Umbrella Festival is a South Australian open access live music festival presented by not-for-profit organisation, Music SA.

Umbrella Festival is facilitated by Music SA, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to promote, support and develop original contemporary music in South Australia. We are always pursuing the support of kind individuals and organisations to help execute Umbrella Festival which exists not only for the South Australian community to enjoy, but to offer commercial outcomes to venues, and employment opportunities to artists and presenters.

Since its inception 6 years ago, this live music open access festival grows 30% each year.

“Umbrella grew 89% in registered events between 2018 and 2019, with 380 live music events all up across the 17 days”

Now, with a regional expansion in 2021, you can experience live music in your own backyard! From the Eyre Peninsula to the Limestone Coast, there are events all across this great land, and in the true spirit of open access, we invite you to get involved.

 

This year’s program consists of shared curation within the City of Adelaide, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Marion and City of Charles Sturt including the iconic Opening Night celebration in collaboration with inaugural festival Illuminate, plus the addition of school holiday programming, multi-art form performance pieces, and street parades. See program for more details. 

Funding assistance is gratefully received from the Live Music Events Fund through the Music Development Office (MDO) and the South Australian Tourism Commission. Other major partners include the City of Adelaide, Adelaide Fringe, Moshtix, and the Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch).

Adelaide is officially recognised as a UNESCO City of Music. For audiences, Umbrella is the perfect incarnation of what it means to be a UNESCO City of Music. Umbrella is a grass roots organic creation that is made up of local venues and mainly local performers. It has a connection with the people and places of South Australia, so that visitors who attend Umbrella events experience something that is quintessentially South Australian and reflective of a live music sector that is envied across the nation.