Adelaide Festival Centre


Adelaide Guitar Festival – Winter School

A week-long guitar course held during the July school holidays, which provides an opportunity for students to learn from some of Australia’s finest guitarists in a small, immersive, guitar playing and skills development intensive. Winter School is held in two streams, Classical and Blues & Roots, and participants are invited to perform their work on stage during the Adelaide Guitar festival.

Adelaide Guitar Festival – In Conversation: Tommy Emmanuel

Primary School students from disadvantaged communities were invited to participate in an intimate discussion and performance from acclaimed guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel. The focus of the discussion is to inspire young people to consider music as a profession.

DreamBIG Festival

  • South Australia’s iconic biennial arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the centre of fresh, inventive, imaginative and inspiring arts experiences.
  • More than 2 million South Australian children have participated in the festival since its inception in 1974 (as Come Out Festival), and it remains an intrinsic part of growing up in South Australia.

Adelaide Festival Centre has produced DreamBIG since 2015. DreamBIG Children’s Festival is divided into two program streams – the schools program where children participate in events and performances through their school, and the general public program for families.

The next festival takes place from 22 May – 1 June 2019 and the theme is Other People.

“I believe that an arts rich education can help children better deal with the social and cultural challenges we face in this rapidly changing world. The DreamBIG Children’s Festival offers an inspiring array of productions, workshops and curated events to excite, encourage, challenge, stimulate and motivate the children of South Australia” – Susannah Sweeney, Creative Producer, DreamBIG Children’s Festival.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival -Class of Cabaret

Developed in 2010 under the artistic direction of David Campbell, Class of Cabaret provides a unique learning opportunity for extremely talented, passionate and courageous year 11/ 12 secondary students from various high schools to share their own stories through musical performance. The program provides students with the unique opportunity to gain performance and self-development skills in a professional performing arts venue during the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival provides an expert team of cabaret mentors and professional artists to develop each performer’s skills through master classes, workshops, and a boot camp to produce two spectacular shows for a ticketed public performance. Whilst this program is aimed at performance development it is also an opportunity to gain SACE accreditation which is an integral part of the experience. Being a part of this unique South Australian experience is a chance to enrich curriculum learning, develop friendships with students from other schools and meet with professional artists as part of the official Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Class of Cabaret program offers students a meaningful learning experience where each performer develops their performance skills and learns to confidently communicate their stories to an audience, whilst also gaining SACE credits. 

On Stage – Performing arts programs for 8–11 year olds

On Stage Performing Arts program provides an open access learning environment for children aged 8-16years. Held in the school holidays the program offers introductory, masterclass and intensive workshops in all areas of performing arts genres as well as creative process and behind the scenes. Lead by industry professionals. Young people participate in dance, vocal and theatre workshops. Encourages confidence, self-expression, self-discovery, communication and leadership skills, all while remembering that it is fun.

Green Room

GreenRoom is Adelaide Festival Centres arts membership for 18-30 year olds. Giving young people access to discounted tickets, artist run workshops, professional development opportunities and much more.  GreenRoom’s Advocacy program is a yearlong mentoring program offered to all GreenRoom members. The Advocacy program aims to give successful applicants the chance to gain hands on industry experience through in all aspects of our company. They have the chance to work on a range of arts projects, while being mentored by professional arts staff. From marketing, publicity, programming and production to back stage help and artist minding. GreenRoom is passionate about providing the right pathways and supporting young adults explore a career within the arts. 


Adelaide Festival centre’s education program for Primary and Secondary students and Teachers:

Primary R-7: centrED provides a yearlong program of performances, workshops, exhibitions, and professional learning, specifically developed for R – 7 students and teachers.

Secondary: The centrED Secondary program provides creative stimulation and inspires cultural understanding with live performances, workshops, exhibitions and a range of career-focussed learning experiences.

Music Match

Adelaide Festival Centre, one of several key performing arts organisations, working with Carclew to deliver a Collaborative Music Education Program funded by Perpetual called Music Match, supporting more than a dozen targeted disadvantaged South Australian primary schools. Tailored to meet individual student needs including live performance incursions and excursions, teacher professional development, ensemble and individual tuition. The current focus being primary schools in the Playford and Murraylands regions. The purpose is to improve educational outcomes by engaging students in explicit and experiential music education experiences.

Arts for All

The Arts for All program responds to the importance of the arts, and the challenges young people face participating both as a performer and as audience. It supports young people with an interest in the arts to experience performances and creative activities that might not otherwise be available to them. A philanthropic donation has allowed the Adelaide Festival Centre to work with ten Northern Suburbs State Secondary Schools (NASSSA) schools to implement the current Arts for All project.