It was exactly 50 years ago that Adelaide Festival Centre officially opened, with a concert performed to a full house in Festival Theatre.
The crowd rose to deliver a rapturous standing ovation, and after 50 years that applause and love of performance continues at Adelaide Festival Centre.
Tonight, 50 years on, we will celebrate with Adelaide Festival Centre's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert.
The 50th anniversary celebrations don’t stop tonight. There are many special events happening throughout the year, read on for more and how you can be part of this milestone.
The First 50 Podcast
The First 50 Podcast — Episode 6: Anthony Steel & Douglas Gautier
In episode 6, our host Libby O’Donovan chats to Adelaide Festival Centre's first General Manager, Anthony Steel and current CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier AM, in celebration of 50 spectacular years of arts and culture.
The First 50 Podcast — Episode 5: Kate Ceberano
In episode 5, our host Libby O’Donovan chats to Australian music icon Kate Ceberano.
The First 50: Our 50th Anniversary Podcast
Hosted by the powerful and sassy Libby O'Donovan, The First 50 podcast series will provide 12 snapshot moments that cover the Centre’s 50-year history.
Upcoming Shows & Events
Celebrating its 23rd year in 2023, Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the biggest cabaret festival in the world, and a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.
Adelaide Guitar Festival features world-class guitarists coming together to deliver an exciting program of events.
Celebrating 50 Years
Paolo Sebastian's stunning gown design for our 50th anniversary
South Australian atelier Paolo Sebastian has designed a stunning commemorative dress to mark the occasion.
A special collaboration with JamFactory to celebrate our 50th anniversaries
A special set of brooch designs by local artists from JamFactory are now available for purchase from Adelaide Festival Centre's Shop.
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