Adelaide Festival Centre Redevelopment

The impending major redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Centre and Plaza is good news for our audiences, clients, artists and supporters.

The transformation will provide a vibrant space for all South Australians and visitors to our state to come together and enjoy. 

Once complete, Adelaide Festival Centre will integrate seamlessly with Festival Plaza. The new, much larger car park will deliver better access to the Festival Centre.  Festival Plaza will become a lively, dynamic space, buzzing with hospitality, tourism and events.

At the Festival Centre, new food and beverage facilities will enhance the entertainment experience. Internally, the upgrades to lighting, sound and staging equipment will ensure that patrons continue to enjoy an outstanding theatre experience.

We acknowledge that the redevelopment will be a significant disruption and apologise for any temporary inconvenience in accessing our site.

Keeping Informed

We have a comprehensive communications strategy in place to inform patrons about how to best access the venue during the construction period – check back here for the latest information!  If you have tickets booked to a performance, look out for our social media updates and the Your Visit email you will receive three days prior to your show. Patrons attending the Festival Centre on days where the venue is impacted by road closures will also receive a text message on the day of their show.

To find out more about the Festival Plaza Upgrade visit

Festival Drive – Temporary Road Closure Advice:  Restricted Access to/from Morphett Street

Due to the construction at Adelaide Convention Centre, the western side of Festival Drive will be closed intermittently and patrons might experience some traffic congestion.  When getting here, access the Festival Centre car park from King William Street. 

When exiting Festival Drive during the day: The western side of Festival Drive will be intermittently closed for traffic through to Morphett Street. During these times you may need to depart via Station Road, onto North Terrace.  Please follow the signs to advise best exit.

When exiting Festival Drive after 7pm: the western side of Festival drive will re-open for alternative flows of one-way traffic, and you can exit via Station Road to North Terrace or Festival Drive to Morphett St.

We strongly recommend you allow plenty of time to find a car park at either the Festival Centre or nearby facility, or you can secure a car park with us by pre-booking.

Pedestrian access through Festival Drive will be closed from 7am to 7pm daily.  A pedestrian detour is available using existing cycling and pedestrian pathways, along the River Torrens.  The lift under the Riverbank footbridge will remain open.

Car Parking

Adelaide Festival Centre car park will close at the end of September 2016 to allow for the construction of the new car park and redevelopment of Festival Plaza.  We have teamed up with Wilson Parking to offer Adelaide Festival Centre patrons a discounted rate at Wilson Adelaide Central car park (225 North Tce)  Click here for more information.  

Alternative Car Park Locations

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Dunstan Playhouse Waterproofing Project

Visitors to the Festival Centre will see some activity relating to the waterproofing of the Artspace and Dunstan Playhouse roof.  Scaffolding has been erected around the Artspace Plaza and Dunstan Playhouse for this purpose and until further notice, access to both the Dunstan Playhouse and Artspace will be via the Dunstan Playhouse doors.


Phone: 08 8216 8600
Mail: GPO Box 1269, Adelaide, SA, 5000

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