Adelaide: Post Mad March

By Ben Allison

We are currently in the midst of the April Slump. All the excitement that goes along with the Fringe, Clipsal and Soundwave is well and truly over. That electrifying vibe that the Adelaide CBD has to offer during late February and March has all but dissipated.

With no comedy shows to attend twice a week, no speciality Fringe-related pop-up bars to drink at, and no more Garden of Unearthly Delights to entertain us, it often feels like Uni students are wandering aimlessly, searching for ways to pass their spare time (or more accurately, ways to put off that next assignment).

Not to mention, it’s getting colder and colder, another grizzly reminder that the summer months of beach parties and day drinking are gone for yet another year. But never fear; little, old Adelaide still has a slew of exciting events and activities to keep us entertained all year round.

First of all, it’s hard not to mention the plethora of international superstars who are gracing South Australia with their presence in the next couple of months. A-Listers like Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry are but a few of the stars falling from the sky and landing on our shores. While tickets to these events are mostly sold out, if live music is your thing, venues such as Fowlers and The Gov continue to showcase local and international live acts.

Bar manager of Fowlers, Sonya Haymes, urges students to come along and see local, interstate and international bands at the venue.

‘Come along and support the live music scene and see a gig,’ she said. ‘You can always see what we’ve got coming up on our website.’

For Health Nuts and Fitness Freaks, on May 17 and 18, the Adelaide Showgrounds is home to the Adelaide Sports and Fitness Expo. The expo will feature over 100 stalls showcasing gyms, health and nutritional products, weight loss advice, fitness education, and training equipment. The Adelaide Sports and Fitness Expo Organiser, Peter Dichiera, says there will be lots to see and do. ‘Students will have the opportunity to be inspired and be encouraged to change their lives and live a fit and healthy one,’ he said.

If bargain hunting and op-shop browsing are more your style, the Round She Goes Fashion Market is reopening at the German Club on Flinders Street on Saturday the 10th of May. Boasting an array of ‘preloved designer labels and vintage fashion’, the market is a one-stop spot for fashion enthusiasts with a vintage flair.

Market founder, Emma Morris, says the market is perfect for buying Mother’s Day gifts on a budget or if you are looking to find something one-of-a-kind.

‘The market is entirely dedicated to women’s fashion and it’s a mix of vintage, retro and current fashion,’ she said. ‘We also have some stallholders who make handmade jewellery and accessories.’

Running along with the market theme, our very own UniSA offers UniBazaar which is on selected Tuesdays, rotating at each campus. The next few dates include the 6th of May at Mawson Lakes, the 13th of May at City West, and the 20th of May at City East. The bazaar hosts a wide variety of stalls with unique products such as arts and crafts, second–hand fashion items, and food.

UniSA Events Officer, Caleb Osborne, says the bazaar is a great way for students to get involved by either attending the event or setting up their very own stall. ‘We are always looking for students to get involved, whether they are part of a club or just wanting to get involved individually,’ he said. ‘UniBazaar gives students a great opportunity to showcase their products while making some cash along the way, with many selling products created or crafted while at University.’

For all the movie buffs out there May boasts some of this year’s biggest blockbusters to be released. Films such as The Amazing Spiderman 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Godzilla, a reboot of the franchise starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, and Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the villain from Sleeping Beauty, are all due to be released in the coming weeks.

If you’re thinking, ‘Gee, I do like movies but I also enjoy being outdoors,’ then the UniSA Student Experience Team has just the thing for you!

During May, the Student Experience Team is hosting a month of films to be screened in the courtyard of the brand new Jeffrey Smart Building on Hindley Street. The event will kick off with a launch party on Thursday the 8th of May and will continue every Thursday for the remainder of the month.

But why not search a little further and step out of the CBD to see what else South Australia has to offer? It is often easy to forget the gems in our very own backyard that most South Australians take for granted.

Foodies and wine connoisseurs will find plenty of treats to eat and drink if they venture out to Hahndorf or even the Barossa Valley for the day.

So there you have it. Whether you’re into fashion, fitness, food, or fun, Adelaide has a lot to offer despite the craziness of ‘Mad March’ being left behind us for yet another year.

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