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Heart of the Arts

The Adelaide Festival Centre at 40

Lance Campbell

Heart of the Arts
The Adelaide Festival Centre is even more loved today than when it arrived in our lives 40 years ago as Australia's first capital city performing arts centre. Opening night of the Festival Theatre in 1973 marked the beginning of the Festival Centre's profound influence on our nation's cultural growth. The Centre led the way in talent, originality and sheer showbiz daring on an international as well as local scale.

It still does, though times and ways and means are different now.

Heart of the Arts: The Adelaide Festival Centre at 40 explains how the Adelaide Festival Centre has moved from making magnificent musicals to capturing the imaginations of all ages on and off the stage in the 21st century. Often this progress has been made against the odds.

The stars shine in Adelaide's Heart of the Arts. So too do the Centre's dazzling creations of the past 15 years - the biggest and best cabaret festival on the planet, the world-first OzAsia Festival. At last count more than 900,000 people a year enjoyed the Festival Centre.

Truly the Heart of the Arts, this vibrant book will convince you that the Adelaide Festival Centre deserves the care and attention that will help it leap onto the next stage of its already brilliant career.

Praise for Heart of the Arts:
‘Priceless’ – Felicity Rai, Global Media Post

'A lovely book for any South Australian and for any lover of the arts in general.' - Chris Michaels, CargoART

Lance Campbell's first arts feature article was about the opening of the Dunstan Playhouse in 1974. As with so many South Australians in Heart of the Arts, that early Festival Centre experience was a turning point. Lance has written about the arts ever since, with theatre people his specialty. He was arts editor of the Advertiser, and is arts and architecture editor of SALife magazine. Lance wrote By Popular Demand: The Adelaide Festival Centre Story for the Centre's 25th anniversary in 1998. With photographer Mick Bradley, he is author of the best-selling City Streets: Progressive Adelaide 75 Years On. He contributed to McLaren Vale: Trott's View, all for Wakefield Press. Lance has written satirical columns for the Adelaide Review and is an award-winning sportswriter. He lives in the heart of the city of Adelaide.

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Format Jacketed hardback
Size 270 x 210 mm
ISBN 9781743052310
Extent 176 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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