Don Dunstan’s legacy lives on for Adelaide Festival Centre’s 50th anniversary

Public conversations exploring the influence of the arts and the legacy of Don Dunstan will be held as part of the AFC's 50th anniversary.
Don Dunstan. An aerial view of Adelaide Festival Centre and its surrounds taken at Golden Hour, as the sun sets in the west.

A new series of free public conversations exploring the influence of the arts in broader culture – The Don Dunstan Lectures – will be presented by Adelaide Festival Centre as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

Dunstan, the socially progressive Premier of South Australia, served in the role from 1967 to 1968, and again from 1970 to 1979.

Under his leadership, the death penalty was abolished in South Australia, homosexuality was decriminalised (following the 1972 murder of gay academic Dr George Ian Ogilvie Duncan) and plans for the Adelaide Festival Centre evolved from a single concert hall to an interconnected set of venues on the banks of the River Torrens/Karrawirraparri.

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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