Adelaide Festival Centre to receive $90 million upgrade

Work will start later this year on increasing access points, technical upgrades, and better integrating the Centre with its riverbank location.

Artist’s impression of the Adelaide Festival Centre post-redevelopment. Image by HASSELL.

A long-overdue upgrade of Adelaide Festival Centre, including repairs to water damage, new entry points and refurbished foyers, increased disability access, and upgrades of technical equipment in the venue’s theatres, was announced on Sunday.

Initial works, including demolition of the Amphitheatre and the creation of new entries to the venue on its northern side, will better integrate the Centre with its riverbank location and take advantage of the increase in pedestrian traffic generated by the recent Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and the new Torrens River Footbridge.  

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts