The Adelaide Festival Centre is a place where you'll consistently find awe-inspiring events and performances that showcase the talents of some amazing individuals and troupes.
About the centre
With festivals that bring together music, dance and theatre, the centre is fulfilling its aim to be the place to go for all things performance art in South Australia and beyond.
It's known for having first rate facilities, spirited and dynamic events and a place you can explore a variety of artistic expression.
The centre came to be because in the 1960s, the Adelaide Festival of the Arts was becoming too big for the various venues dotted around the city. The current mayor, Robert Porter, encouraged the public to come forth to raise funds for a new hall. The money was raised in a week, record time! Soon they had enough funds to not only build the hall, but begin a quality collection of artworks.
Designed by John Morphett, this multi-purpose arts centre was the first of its kind in the country. It was opened on June 2 1973 and christened with Act Two, Scene 1 of Beethoven's opera Fidelio, as well as his Choral Symphony.
What's on in September
You have the chance to see behind the scenes of this fantastic complex with a Festival Centre Tour. See the dressing rooms, where the performers get dolled up and touch up their make-up. Walk on stage where hundreds of shows have taken place and get a sense of what it must feel like to be in the limelight. Witness the backstage space where dancers, singers and actors wait in the wings.
This is a unique opportunity to see the centre from the perspective of the performers, and see the amazing construction that makes this building a dream for those putting on shows.
Tours run all year, every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am. They take 60-90 minutes and an adult ticket will cost $15.
Head to Adelaide on September 23 and catch Jason Byrne at 7:30pm. His comedy act, You Name The Show, has been called gasping-for-oxygen hilarious, so good it hurts and genius. Jason is one of Australia's best loved comedians, and this show is just as funny, energetic and clever as he is.
For the chance to win $1,000, try and spot Jason Bryne posters around the city and if you happen upon one, write your show title idea in the black space and upload your photo to the Live Nation Comedy Australia and New Zealand Facebook page.
If you love classical music, The Morgans International Piano Series is ideal for you. Here you'll be treated to a range of classical pieces that are arguably some of the best in the world. Rachmaninov's Selection of Preludes is followed by Antheil's Sonata Sauvage and is finished off with Schuberts masterful Piano Sonata in A major.
Some of the most acclaimed pianists have been brought together to bring these absolutely stunning pieces to life. A review from Gramophone Magazine said, "Superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance." This show takes place on September 30 at 7:30pm, get your tickets today!
'6' and '7' is an innovative and fresh dance performance that will take your breath away. Tao Dance Theatre has created a performance that is minimalist, subtle, elegant and clever. The dancers agility, quiet energy and ability to work together is inspiring.
Tao Dance Theatre is known throughout China for being a revolutionary contemporary dance troupe. To date, the troupe has visited 20 countries and five continents to perform in consistently sold out shows. This show doesn't have any script of formula, but the distinctive movement techniques come together in a cohesive and original show. Vogue China wrote, "The moment they begin to move, the entire space transforms." Catch the show on September 19 at 7:30pm.