Adelaide, we’ve made it! As of today our very own walk of fame is open, with international sensation Tim Minchin and a host of world-class entertainers kicking off the celebrations.
Stars of South Australian stage, Todd McKenney, Greta Bradman, Rhonda Burchmore, Slava Grigoryan and Nancye Hayes will be staying cool today with Premier Jay Weatherill and Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier to unveil the Walk of Fame
The stars will perform in two Walk of Fame Gala Concerts, 1 pm and 8 pm, along with a star-studded list of entertainers including James Morrison, Niki Vasilakis, Beccy Cole, Peter Combe, Paul Blackwell and Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre.
The Walk of Fame is a key element of the exciting Adelaide Festival Centre’s redevelopment. Which has included rejuvenating the northern promenade area with brand new Festival Theatre foyers and the new Star Kitchen and Bar.
More than 130 stars who have graced Adelaide Festival Centre stages over the years since its opening in 1973 now have their names engraved in tiles along the Walk of Fame, including John Farnham, Julie Anthony, Olivia Newton-John and Dami Im.
“Seeing so many well-known names together really brings home the number of great artists who have graced the stages of Adelaide Festival Centre over the years. This is our ongoing opportunity to honour them publicly and to celebrate and preserve our history with support from the South Australian public,” says Douglas Gautier AM, Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director.
“In addition to performers, designers, composers, playwrights, and directors are also represented. The show must go on, and Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame is a tribute to those who have helped us to do that for over forty years.’’
Even Premier and Minister for Arts, Jay Weatherill is excited, saying that: “The Walk of Fame celebrates the artistic history of Adelaide Festival Centre. It also encourages locals and visitors to walk along the Riverbank and take in the sights – from the Convention Centre to the Festival Centre, Riverbank Bridge and Adelaide Oval.
“The $220 million Festival Plaza redevelopment will see a tired and underutilised space in the Riverbank precinct transformed into a world class public space.”
Three names from each year since Adelaide Festival Centre opened were selected for the Walk of Fame. The names were chosen in three ways: Public Vote, Critics’ Choice and Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Award. The walk will grow with the public voting for their favourite performer again at the end of each year.
The full list of Walk of Fame winners can be seen here.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame is proudly supported by The Advertiser. Adelaide Festival Centre’s Walk of Fame Gala concert, Friday 19 January 2018 at 1pm and 8pm in the Festival Theatre. Tickets are available through BASS.