About Us

The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation is a charitable organisation established to support the Adelaide Festival Centre in its mission to make the arts accessible to all South Australians.

Formed in 1999, its board believes passionately that the arts benefits society in infinite ways, bringing joy, and enriching the lives of generations to come. The arts contributes to our creativity, tolerance and resilience, and plays a big role in our health and wellbeing. This is especially true for children and young people, an area of interest for the Foundation and its fundraising.

Approximately a million people a year attend performances, events and festivals at the Adelaide Festival Centre, many with our assistance. We want to make these more accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance. The arts give us so much - enjoyment and entertainment, a sense of community, the chance to connect with others. We need these now more than ever. We’ve identified five avenues for giving that will impact hugely on SA’s artists and audiences, and our capacity to open up the arts to even more people across our state. With your help we will ensure the arts remains strong, vibrant and accessible to all, now and in the future.

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.

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.

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.

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

Your Legacy – Leave a lasting legacy to the Adelaide Festival Centre and help to transform the lives of the next generation through the performing arts.

Your generosity will help us achieve our goals. Donations to the value of $2 or more are tax deductable.

It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime. Joan Marques

Members of the Foundation Board

Miranda Starke

Deputy Chair
Cain Cooke

Executive Officer
Abbie Taylor

Board Members
Georgina Duckworth
Sheryn Foord
Rupert Hallam
Kathryn House AM
Penny Johnson
Marlon Motlop
Jasmin Shahin

Investment Committee
Jim Hazel
Miranda Starke
Carlo D’Ortenzio
Jasmin Shahin
Stacey Thomas
Abbie Taylor

Lady Joan Hardy OAM
Legh Davis

For more information about the Foundation’s fundraising please contact:

Abbie Taylor
Manager, Philanthropy
Phone: 08 8216 8826
Email:  abbie.taylor@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au