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The arts are essential to a community - they are transformative, with the power to change lives. Societies with vibrant arts scenes are healthier, happier and more cohesive. The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation brings people together for extraordinary arts experiences. Our Foundation aims to showcase the best of the arts and bring their amazing benefits to every South Australian, regardless of circumstance.

Approximately a million people a year visit the Festival Centre for performances, workshops and festivals. The Foundation and its donors are committed to ensuring our arts scene thrives and grows for the benefit of all, now and in the future. Whether it’s changing lives through our youth and education programs, nurturing new talent or championing diversity, your support to the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation will ensure the future of the arts in South Australia. Donate today to give everyone the chance to experience the arts’ truly extraordinary capacity to entertain, transform and inspire.

How you can make an impact:

Help grow a child’s creativity – Your support will allow every South Australian the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts, regardless of circumstance, through our youth and education programs. 

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Support the Arts leaders of tomorrow – You can help ensure the future of the Arts by creating active learning experiences and career development opportunities for the next generation.

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Ensure a diverse future in the Arts - Help bring the stories of the world to Adelaide, showcasing the best artists and providing scholarships to increase diversity.

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Buy a Seat – Leave your mark on Australian theatre history by ‘naming’ a seat in one of our prestigious theatres. 

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Impact Stories

Through their generosity, donors to Adelaide Festival Centre are having an important impact on individuals and creating positive change in the community.

The Impact of Giving report highlights inspiring stories of impact that demonstrate the very real difference donor contributions make to the Arts in South Australia and the life-changing impact that has on the arts industry and future generations. 

Read the inspiring stories of impact in the Impact of Giving report and see below for individual impact videos.

If you are inspired to support Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and make a real difference you can donate online or contact +61 8 8216 8826. If you have feedback on the report or would like to share your story of impact, please get in touch via foundation@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au.

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NAIDOC Week 2020 - Always Was, Always Will Be

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020, students from Craigmore High School and Playford International College worked with Barkindji woman and Artist Mentor Nancy Bates. Students and teachers worked with Nancy to learn about the First Nations tradition of 'Songlines', and work together to create their own modern Songline in the spirit of reconciliation.

OUR MOB Trevor Nickolls Art Prize

OUR MOB 2021 celebrated the work of some of South Australia's talented First Nations artists in an exhibition held throughout September in Artspace Gallery.
Kokotha artist Maude Parker was awarded the inaugural Trevor Nickolls Art Prize, which is supported by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.

Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship

Since 2016, regional students in Years 10 and 11 have been given the opportunity to apply for the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship program. The recipients of the scholarship participate in the Class of Cabaret program producing two spectacular shows for a ticketed public performance as part of that years Adelaide Cabaret Festival, while also gaining SACE accreditation towards their education. Each scholarship is valued at up to $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and private vocal tuition in order for the selected student to participate in the program in Adelaide throughout Term 1 and 2 each year.

Adelaide International Guitar Competition

The Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition is the most prestigious guitar competition in the Southern Hemisphere and provides career-launching opportunities for talented young guitarists from around the world. The Foundation provides fantastic prizes for the competition.

UNESCO International Jazz Day 2021

To celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day beginners through to advanced instrumental students from Gawler and District College, Playford International College and Salisbury East High School spent the day learning and playing jazz music. Led by jazz creatives Jo Lawry, Will Vinson, Kyrie Anderson and Lazaro Numa, students learnt a bit about what jazz is before taking to Elder Park for a celebratory parade playing a jazz arrangement of 'I am Australian'.

Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopment

The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation was instrumental in raising $5.1M to complete the $66m project, which commenced in June 2018, and reopened its door in September 2020. 

Right Royal Event Her Majesty’s theatre Reopening Night

The reopening and first look at the newly redeveloped Her Majesty’s Theatre. See what some of our donors had to say.

Ian and Pamela Wall Gallery and The Pickard Terrace

Completing the Her Majesty’s Theatre redevelopment on the top floor Named after the long-time donors to the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, the Ian & Pamela Wall Gallery opened on Monday 12 July at Her Majesty's Theatre.