You can support the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and its work by giving in a number of ways.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation:

Established in 1999, the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation plays an integral role in providing access to the arts for children and schools with disadvantage. For many of these children, these visits are their first exposure to the arts and without the heavily subsidised transport and tickets, most would never have the opportunity to experience the magic and wonder of the arts.

Our Foundation Mission Statement:

To enrich the lives of generations to come and give young South Australians an experience that lasts a lifetime.  We believe that participating in the arts is an important part of growing up.  It develops children’s minds and spirits so that they are able to contribute more meaningfully to our community in the future.

Read our latest Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation newsletter here.

Our Foundation supports Arts For All. Read about our 2020 Vision here and please consider donating to one or some of the numerous children and youth programs we support.


Foundation donors care about the creative future of South Australia and recognise that the arts are an essential part of our lives. Doing more than simply providing entertainment, the arts celebrate our identity, heritage and diversity.


Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Interested in contributing to the Her Majesty’s Theatre Renewal Project? Click here.

Foundation Programs

Changing young people’s lives through the arts

1.  Something on Saturdays Foundation Corner Art Workshops
Participation in arts learning and exploration is an important part of all of our programs. The Foundation provides financial support to help provide free and engaging workshops for children aged 1 - 12 years as part of the year round Something On Saturday program. This important introduction for young people and their families provides an experience for future engagement and fosters lifelong learning in the arts.

An annual donation of:

  • $250 will enable 50 children to participate in the free art workshops
  • $2,500 will enable 500 children to participate in the free art workshops
  • $5,000 will enable 1,000 children to participate in the free art workshops


2. Equity Tix
Adelaide Festival Centre’s centrED is committed to equity and access for all South Australian students by providing Equity prices and transport subsidies for identified schools with disadvantage. South Australian regional and disadvantaged schools are invited to contact centrED to apply for transport subsidies should travel costs prohibit attendance at an Adelaide Festival Centre presented performance or workshop.

An annual donation of:

  • $2,000 will subsidise 100 student tickets
  • $4,000 will subsidise 200 student tickets
  • $10,000 will subsidise 500 student tickets



3.  GreenRoom Youth Membership Program
Adelaide Festival Centre’s membership program for young people aged 18-30, offering an exclusive ‘backstage’ experience to Adelaide Festival Centre and the arts, as well as mentoring and work experience. 

An annual donation of:

  • $150 will support one participant in a GreenRoom activity/event/forum
  • $1,500 will enable a GreenRoom event/activity/forum to happen
  • $20,000 will enable the GreenRoom Advocacy program to operate for one year



4. OnStage Subsidies
Adelaide Festival Centre runs performing arts workshops throughout the school holidays. The very best dance, theatre and vocal instructors teach all areas of performing arts and encourage confidence, communication and leadership skills, all the while remembering that theatre is fun!

The Foundation funds children experiencing financial or geographical disadvantage to participate in the OnStage school holiday arts development program.

“The skills I learned were that I could do a dance move that I have never done before. In acting, I did lots of new things, like being in a play and memorising lines.  I would definitely like to do it again” – Huey Hood, 2017 Foundation-funded OnStage Participant

5. Adelaide International Guitar Competition
This biennial competition is an opportunity for emerging young professional classical guitar players to be heard and given exposure on an international platform.

1st Prize – $10,000 AUD and a guitar made by  South Australian Luthier,  Jim Redgate (valued at $16,000 AUD)
2nd prize – $4,000 AUD
3rd prize – $2,000 AUD

“This is the most substantial prize for classical guitarists to have been created in Australia and is an incredible opportunity for emerging artists” – Slava Grigoryan, Artistic Director of Adelaide Guitar Festival


Career Development

1. Steel Ryan Fellowship
The Steel Ryan Fellowship is a 12 month fellowship open as a priority to Indigenous arts workers to be employed at Adelaide Festival Centre.


2. Bob Hawke Fellowship
The Bob Hawke International Fellowship allows a young Chinese arts administrator to spend 10 months working at our Centre learning from our experienced staff.

3. OzAsia Festival Fund
The aim of this Fund is to raise funds to provide cultural exchanges between Asia and Australia; to assist in attracting the best Asian artists to perform in Australia as part of the OzAsia Festival; to facilitate international visits and to build an artist exchange program between Asia and Australia.


Be a part of our history

Buy a Seat

Want to have your name “engraved” into a seat in Adelaide’s most prestigious arts venue? Buying a seat in Festival Theatre is a great way to honour a loved one or mark a special occasion for friends and family.

Reserve your seat now by viewing our brochure and completing the form

Bequest Program – Swan Song

For 40 years Adelaide Festival Centre has benefited from the support of many generous and passionate individuals. Leaving a bequest marks your meaningful bond, and your belief in the future of South Australian art and culture.

Your bequest is a truly enduring way to ensure that younger generations are able to experience and enjoy the thrill of live performance through a lasting and invaluable legacy. Be assured that your generosity will continue to support young artists and audiences for the next 40 years.

We appreciate the decision to make a bequest is personal. If you wish to advise us of your decision or discuss how you would like to direct your gift, please contact our Manager, Philanthropy on (08) 8216 8826.

Members of the Foundation Board


Legh Davis 

Elected Members

Cathy Chong
Cain Cooke
Janet Crawford
Sheryn Foord
Rupert Hallam
Kathryn House AM
Penny Johnson
Miranda Starke
John Sulan QC
John Taplin


Lady Joan Hardy OAM

Ex Officio

Robyn Brown

If you would like further information of the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives please contact:

Robyn Brown
Manager, Philanthropy

Phone: 08 8216 8826