Adelaide Festival Centre Redevelopment

The major redevelopment of Adelaide Riverbank is good news for our audiences, artists, and supporters.

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

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

Please click here for a map with details for accessing Adelaide Festival Centre from 06 December 2016.

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

The western side of Festival Drive is closed and patrons may experience traffic congestion. There is no access to Morphett Stret via Festival Drive. Please allow extra time when planning your journey. 

A pedestrian detour is available using existing cycling and pedestrian pathways, along the River Torrens. The lift under the Riverbank footbridge will remain open.

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Car Parking

We recommend strongly that you allow plenty of time to find a car park at Festival Centre or nearby facilities, or you can secure a car park with us by pre-booking. Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by train, tram, and bus.

Adelaide Festival Centre car park will close at the end of December 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 Terrace).  Click here for more information.  

Temporary closure of Festival Theatre

As part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s redevelopment, Festival Theatre and its foyer will close for five months from 23 July 2017 to 26 December 2017. Other Adelaide Festival Centre venues, including Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre, Artspace Gallery and Her Majesty’s Theatre at Grote Street will all remain open during this period and throughout the redevelopment.

The difficult decision to close Festival Theatre temporarily was made with a great deal of consideration. While the redevelopment and this closure are challenging for Adelaide Festival Centre, we are looking forward to providing a better patron experience upon its completion. The closure of the venue will enable the redevelopment work to be completed sooner and ensure patron safety throughout.

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 Adelaide Festival Centre on days where the venue is impacted by road closures will also receive a text message on the day of their show.

The Adelaide Festival Centre redevelopment and wayfinding brochure is available here.
To find out more about the Festival Plaza upgrade visit


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

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