Walk of Fame

Congratulations to our 2020 and 2021 Walk of Fame winners, whose contributions to the performing arts are unparalleled.

Overlooking the River Torrens, the Walk of Fame features more than 130 names of great artists who have graced the stages of Adelaide Festival Centre since it opened in 1973. The promenade connects King William Road and the Riverbank Footbridge, linking Festival Theatre and Dunstan Playhouse and providing access to all venues.

For each year, three stars are added to the walkway. In addition to the public choice, two more stars are selected by Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (AFCT) and a panel of arts critics. Past recipients include Roy Orbison, Cold Chisel, Olivia Newton-John, Dame Edna Everage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Tim Minchin, Paul Kelly, Guy Sebastian and Kate Ceberano.
View the full list here. 

The public vote is hotly contested every year. Thank you to the thousands of Australians who voted online for their favourite Adelaide Festival Centre performers. Also, many thanks to the arts panel for their industry knowledge in awarding the prestigious Critics’ Choice star, and Adelaide Festival Centre staff for their passionate debates in awarding the distinguished AFCT Choice.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame is proudly supported by:
 

2020 WINNERS


Lisa Sontag
Public Vote
Billy Elliot the Musical
Lisa Sontag is an accomplished performer, choreographer, and dance teacher. She made her professional debut in the original cast of The Boy from Oz. Memorably, she played the key role of Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy’s dance teacher, in Billy Elliot the Musical in 2020 to adoring audiences.

Image credit: John O'Rourkeby


David Suchet
AFCT Choice 
David Suchet – Poirot and More: A Retrospective
David Suchet is an award-winning English actor known for his work on stage and television. He has been celebrated worldwide for his portrayal of iconic roles such as Lady Bracknell, Cardinal Benelli, Freud and is particularly recognised for his performance as Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot.

Image credit: Ben Symons


Dave Brown
Critics' Choice
Me and My Shadow
Dave Brown was artistic director of Patch Theatre Company for 20 years. He was one of the original co-creators and co-directors of Me and My Shadow, a beautiful and enduring piece of visual theatre. Under this directorship, countless Patch performances have been seen at the Festival Centre. 

 

2021 WINNERS


Sarah McLeod
Public Vote
Songs of Don
Sarah McLeod is rock band royalty. The South Australian singer-songwriter is well known both for her solo work and as the singer/guitarist of the infamous 1990s rock band The Superjesus. In 2021, she performed Songs of the Don at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, reimagining the songs of Don Walker.


Nigel Westlake
AFCT Choice 
Nigel Westlake and Grigoryan Brothers in Concert
Nigel Westlake's career in music has spanned more than four decades and he is a distinguished composer, musician, and conductor. He is has conducted major orchestras and his original works have been performed internationally. He premiered a new evocative work especially written for the Grigoryan Brothers at Adelaide Festival Centre this year in collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.


Robyn Nevin
Critics' Choice
A German Life
Robyn Nevin is an Australian actor, director, and former head of both the Queensland Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2021, she gave an outstanding performance acting as a woman looking back on her life working in Goebbel’s Ministry of Propaganda in Nazi Germany in A German Life.

Image credit: Hugh Stewart