It’s as if they don’t want you to find it but when you do stumble into Ancient World – more by luck than design for most – you’ll find a constantly-revolving, artist-run space that devotes far more time to art, live music, installations, theatre and dance than it does to the décor, but you won’t care a jot about that.
Ancient World is on Hindley Street in the basement next to the Snag in a Bag sausage shop and is all things to all people. This isn’t a place where you’ll find the main organiser giving walking tours of the city at 3.30pm every other day as well as a very cool bar, a gallery, a café, a venue for live music and a seller of native Australian plants and is, according to one review, ‘probably only slightly more organised than a summer house party. You probably know someone who’s painted it, built parts of it and donated bits of campy film props.’
There’s live music every Friday and Saturday night where you’ll find an uncomplicated choice of South Australian beers and the choice of music and DJs seems to be based on ‘who’s about and fancies it’. That said, it’s run by the same people who run the Lost City Festival so their contacts book isn’t as sparse as you might think.
Ancient World is part of the Renew Adelaide urban renewal project, a not-for-profit ‘that has been developing creative enterprise in vacant space since 2010’ and if finding the city’s hidden gems is your thing, try and find this one. You won’t be disappointed.