The 2015 Adelaide Festival will feature free digital outdoor art display which will light up the precinct.

A massive digital outdoor art display, including an illuminated giant 3D stomping elephant, will be a highlight of the 2015 Adelaide Festival.

“Blinc will be the largest and most ambitious large-scale public event ever undertaken by the festival,” artistic director David Sefton said on Thursday before the 2015 program launch.

The free event will run for the 17 nights of the festival and will feature 30 works from 20 artists from around the world.

The works, some of which will have accompanying sounds, will be projected into the sky and onto the river, the trees and buildings along the Torrens Riverbank and Festival Theatre precinct.

Sefton described some of the technology as mind-boggling, saying the whole area will be animated with examples of the finest digital art being produced in the world today.

The festival, which runs from February 27 to March 15, will feature 42 music, theatre, dance and visual arts events, alongside Adelaide Writers’ Week.

“Adelaide, without question, has the quality and range of international work that you just will not find anywhere else in Australia – that’s a boast, but I think I can stand by it,” Sefton said.

The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy will be radically reworked in a world premier, while Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will be performed by a full symphony orchestra and choir.

Unsound Adelaide will return with a dozen electronic and experimental music acts including Model 500 from the USA, Forest Swords from the UK, and Fushitsusha from Japan.

Black Diggers, the previously untold story of Aboriginal soldiers in World War I, will be performed by the Queensland Theatre Company.

Other theatre highlights will include an evangelical puppet show, The Cardinals, described as “a witty and wordless Biblical odyssey” and an adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Directed by Phelim McDermott, it starts one of the UK’s best known disabled performers, Mat Fraser, and American burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz.

On the dance front, America’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will make their Australian debut with works by four acclaimed international choreographers.

Sefton says the company is very heavily funded by an American heiress, so it has the best dancers in the country.

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