On Stage

Our popular school holiday performing arts program for 8-16 year olds.

In accordance with SA Health advice Adelaide Festival Centre is beginning to welcome back patrons in relevant stages and in line with events that can comply with required distancing measures. The On Stage July school holiday program is one such event that Adelaide Festival Centre is pleased to have return to the venue. At the bottom of this page are important details of the measures in place to keep patrons, artists and staff safe.

Registrations have now closed. Please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for further information.

Every school holidays we bring together the best dance, theatre and vocal instructors to teach participants in all areas of the performing arts.

These specialised workshops and masterclasses are delivered in a fun and friendly environment with a focus on developing confidence, communication and leadership skills.


Q: Will there be the availability and easy access of hand sanitizer for patrons?
A: Yes, hand sanitizer stations can be found at all entrances and throughout the backstage and front of house areas. Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands before and after using the bathrooms and to sanitise their hands frequently.

Q: How have cleaning regimes changed at Adelaide Festival Centre?
A: We have increased the number of daily cleaning activities throughout the centre, with door handles, surfaces and high-touch items cleaned and sanitized frequently.

Q: How is Adelaide Festival Centre distancing to comply with social distance requirements?
A: All staff, artists and patrons are reminded to keep at least 1.5m apart with all backstage, meeting rooms, venues and foyers having maximum capacity numbers.

Q: What other measures does Adelaide Festival Centre have in place?
A: AFC has a comprehensive Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

For further information please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Parent Testimonials

  • “The girls had a ball and so did we. What invaluable experience for them both at such a young age and just so much fun to be involved in”
  • “Every time my daughter participates in an On Stage workshop she comes away with so many new skills. She meets new people, has oodles of fun and always ends the week feeling really good about herself. The encouragement you all give her does her confidence the world of good. I find that this confidence flows through into Iris' school life and positively impacts on her academic results. 
  • "You all go above and beyond – in particular I really appreciate the 'kiss and drop' service – it takes all the stress out of the drop off/pick up times for me."
  • “I just wanted to say huge thank you for the brilliant program you run through On Stage. It’s a highlight and a priority of the school holidays for my son. I send you a classic teenager and you return to me each day a happy, engaged, bright, energetic and enthusiastic human being that can’t stop talking, taking me through minute by minute what has happened that day”

Want to know more about On Stage?

View the program Terms and Conditions.

Proudly funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.

The Adelaide Festival Centre offers a subsidised “Buddy” program where you and a friend can attend one of our introductory sessions at no cost. These positions are available to young people who would not normally have the opportunity to participate in arts learning due to financial or remote location reasons.

Please contact the Program Executive on  8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for further information.

Wyatt Trust On Stage Program Scholarships
Proudly funded by the Wyatt Trust and Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.

Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to offer the new Wyatt Trust On Stage Program Scholarships. These Scholarships are to provide financial assistance to young South Australians experiencing financial and geographical disadvantage and who are wishing to engage in the On Stage program in 2019. Each scholarship assists with travel, accommodation and registration fees. The program on offer will be announced with each school holiday program as it is released, typically in week three of school term.

Please contact the Program Executive on  8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for further information.