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Neon Bar at the Dunstan Playhouse Has Views of the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval
The Adelaide Festival Centre was Australia's first multi-purpose arts centre when built in 1973. Built during the controversial Dunstan Decade of politics in South Australia, the Festival Centre itself has enjoyed its share of controversy. The Festival Theatre was in the first stage and completed the same year as the Sydney Opera House, but for around a tenth of the cost.
The environmental sculpture in the Festival Centre plaza by West German artist Otto Hajek was installed in 1977 and has also been the source of some controversy. I have always felt the plaza the plaza felt unwelcoming and arid in summer, although the government plans to fix that with an ugly office tower dwarfing the plaza.
The Controversial Hajek Sculpture: Removed From Adelaide Festival Centre Plaza
For the last few months, the Adelaide Festival Centre has been closed for substantial remodelling and renovations. If you have been to Sunset Sessions at Adelaide Festival Centre you may have had an early preview of parts of the renovations, but on Sunday February 11 you can see the arts centre in all its new splendour.
The Adelaide Festival Centre free Open Day is an opportunity for people in Adelaide to take self-guided tours and discover the changes. The tour starts from the Festival Theatre King William Road entrance and progress west to the Dunstan Playhouse, through new foyers and backstage behind the scenes. Performing arts companies will also help to make this quite an experience.
Come to the Free Adelaide Festival Centre Open Day
The Open Day kicks off from 10am with a special Kaurna cultural ceremony to respect the land that the arts space is built on. From then you can expect lots of family entertainment including roving performers, even backstage at Adelaide Festival Centre. Children will love to take part in the free things to do which include craft activities for kids. Adults will enjoy the live music entertainment and be drawn to the function exhibition, details of which will be publicly released soon.
After you explore through the Festival Centre, perhaps pop into one of the new cafe and bar areas. Bar Neon overlooking the River Torrens has great views of Adelaide Oval, Elder Park and the Pontoon, and is just the place to pause for refreshment. The Star Kitchen and Bar is an alternative place to grab a coffee or glass of wine and chat in air-conditioned comfort.
Visit the Star Kitchen and Bar or Eat Street Food From Food Trucks
Of course, there will be some of Adelaide's awesome food trucks present too, bringing some of the street food tastes and flavours from around the world. The Festival Centre management warns that large crowds are expected for this event, so you're encouraged to come early and beat the rush.
You will find all the latest about the free Adelaide Festival Centre Open Day on their website and on the Facebook event page. Who knows, it may be the start of a long career in theatre for you.
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I have always felt that the Hajek blocks must have been bought off the shelf without the artist knowing where they going to be put, then some council worker just put them pro tem -- and they stayed. The actual blocks are quite interesting by themselves. Put them on Pinky Flat?