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Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre

The Don Dunstan Lectures

The Dunstan Creative Legacy in Film and Screen
Dunstan Playhouse
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1 show


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Join former Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Mike Rann AC CNZM to explore Don Dunstan’s legacy and the importance of the arts on the cultural, political, and economic life of South Australia. 

This is the second in a series of keynote lectures exploring the vision and legacy of the late Premier Don Dunstan, whose achievements put our state and city on the map as an international creative hub.

Food for thought for curious audiences who are interested in thought-provoking conversations, these lectures discuss the wider value of the arts to society, both nationally and internationally and conclude with a Q&A segment.

The Don Dunstan Lectures are presented in partnership with the Don Dunstan Foundation and delivered in the Dunstan Playhouse.

One of the greatest privileges of my life was working closely with Don Dunstan. For me his inspiration and enduring legacy is that a small state can lead the nation in critical areas of public policy, as a laboratory for reform.  To lead, not follow. That was certainly the case in the arts.  So many of Don’s initiatives were taken up by other states.  He believed the arts, like his concept of multiculturalism, could enrich our lives and expand our horizons.  And he was right.

— The Honourable Mike Rann AC CNZM

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Don Dunstan Foundation

The Honourable Mike Rann AC CNZM

Mike Rann was Premier of South Australia, and Arts Minister from 2002 to 2011. He was Leader of the ALP in SA for a record 17 years and served as a Minister in the Bannon and Arnold governments.  He was Press Secretary and speech writer to Don Dunstan in the late 1970s. 

After 26 years in Parliament, Rann was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the UK and later as Ambassador to Italy and Albania.  He is currently global and UK Chair of the Climate Group; Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. 

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Performance Location: Dunstan Playhouse

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By foot

From North Terrace, walk to Dunstan Playhouse via the laneway between the Intercontinental Hotel and Adelaide Railway Station. Or, cross the Riverbank Footbridge at Adelaide Oval, heading south. From King William Road, walk along the Walk of Fame to the Riverbank Footbridge.

By bike

The best routes for reaching Adelaide Festival Centre by bicycle include the Torrens Linear Park and cycle paths along all major arterial roads.

By car

A drop off area with two disability access parking spaces is available via Festival Drive. An accessible drop off for visitors with disability is available 45 minutes before performances at the Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre. Driving west on Festival Drive, pass the Festival Plaza car park entrance and stay left, driving through the EOS Hotel visitor drop off loop to arrive at the Adelaide Festival Centre access drop off.

The nearest car park is located behind Adelaide Convention Centre on Festival Drive - next to the Riverbank Footbridge. The eastern lift will take you to the promenade level where it's a short walk to the theatre entrance and Walk of Fame. 

Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for more information. 

By public transport

Accessible by many forms of public transport. Including trains, buses, the tram (stop at Railway Station) and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

Accessible Seating

Boxes 1 and 4 plus selected seats in row L have removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or transfer to a theatre seat.


Accessible toilets are available at all Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Assistance Animals

Every theatre and event/function area of Adelaide Festival Centre is assistance animal friendly. 

Audio Assistance

Festival Theatre and Dunstan Playhouse have hearing loop facilities, limited to particular seats in the venues.

Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System.

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