Located in Adelaide Riverbank, Adelaide Festival Centre is one of the leading cultural centers in Asia Pacific, and the cultural heart of South Australia. Opened in 1973, Adelaide Festival Centre is Australia’s first capital city arts venue and hosts more than one million people annually.
As well as presenting theatre, dance, music, and exhibitions, Adelaide Festival Centre creates diverse, award winning festivals to inspire, challenge, educate, and entertain. Adelaide Festival Centre festivals include Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival, DreamBIG Children’s Festival and OzAsia Festival. Adelaide Festival Centre is also home to Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company, Windmill Theatre, and Brink.
An Ernst and Young report released in 2017 found that the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust achieved $160.2 million in economic and social contribution and made a $107.8 million economic contribution to the Greater Adelaide economy in 2015-2016. The report highlighted Adelaide Festival Centre’s “significant social contribution [which] encourages greater social cohesion in the community.” Adelaide Festival Centre’s economic contribution resulted in the direct and indirect creation of 1,076 jobs in Greater Adelaide.
Exciting changes are underway at Adelaide Festival Centre. The current redevelopment of Adelaide Festival Centre and Festival Plaza will create a vibrant, world class arts and entertainment space. The redevelopment is the most significant capital infrastructure project undertaken since Adelaide Festival Centre’s doors opened in 1973. The redevelopment works at Adelaide Festival Centre include Festival Theatre foyer renovations and a new entrance, new dining experiences, technical theatre upgrades, a children’s arts playground, and a revitalized northern promenade featuring Adelaide’s very own Walk of Fame.