Adelaide Festival Centre launches new philanthropic campaign to boost arts support

This initiative seeks to kindle the spirit of arts philanthropy amongst the younger generation, with donations to the cause being matched dollar for dollar.

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In a move to help invigorate the arts community, the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation has unveiled the Pamela and Ian Wall Performing Arts Initiative. This initiative, launched during the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, seeks to kindle the spirit of arts philanthropy amongst the younger generation.

Dr. Pamela Wall OAM, a staunch advocate and benefactor of the arts, introduced this notable fundraising campaign. Demonstrating her commitment to the cause, Dr. Wall has generously pledged to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to an impressive $1 million.

The concept finds its roots in the deep belief Dr. Pamela and the late Ian Wall held about the arts. “This initiative is a testament to Ian and my belief in the transformative power of the arts and the incredible potential it has to create a brighter and more beautiful world”, Hall expressed.

“I am delighted to contribute to something that not only supports the growth of the arts but also inspires a new generation of philanthropists to champion the arts.

Her hope is that this initiative not only fortifies the arts sector but also galvanises a fresh wave of philanthropists to champion the cause.

“I hope this encourages each one of us to embark on our unique philanthropic journeys, no matter the scale, for it is the collective efforts of many that drive transformational change and create a lasting legacy for the arts in South Australia” she added.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, over the years, has been at the forefront of supporting the vibrant arts scene in South Australia. Their endeavours span funding new artistic creations, supporting community events, arts education initiatives, and offering subsidised ticket rates. They also play an instrumental role in bringing to life annual festivals that the community cherishes, like the DreamBIG Children’s Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and OzAsia Festival, among others.

Douglas Gautier AM, the CEO & Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre, shared his enthusiasm about the new initiative. “The Pamela and Ian Wall Performing Arts Initiative is a significant milestone for Adelaide Festival Centre,” he stated. Gautier emphasised the invaluable role of arts philanthropy, especially in ensuring that the arts scene in South Australia continues its upward trajectory and remains accessible to all. He expressed his thanks to Dr. Pamela and the late Ian Wall for their foresight and generosity saying “We are immensely grateful to Pamela and the late Ian for their visionary support, which will undoubtedly leave an enduring mark on the performing arts community.”

The fundraising campaign has already experienced a rousing beginning, with the gala event on Saturday raising $200,000. With Dr. Wall’s matching contribution, the campaign’s fundraising sum now stands at a promising $400,000.

For all art aficionados and supporters who believe in the transformative potential of the arts, the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation invites contributions.

Every donation, regardless of its size, will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the arts in South Australia.

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