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You can leave a legacy

Help secure the Adelaide Festival for the next generation of artists and audiences by leaving a gift in your Will to Foundation Adelaide Festival.

Your generosity will enable the Adelaide Festival to program with confidence, be accessible to all and maintain its reputation as a world-class, multi-arts festival.

Every legacy gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

All gifts are invested in our endowment fund that, in turn, creates an income to sustain the Adelaide Festival and helps to manage risk. The endowment fund is managed by Foundation Adelaide Festival, a charitable organisation that supports the Adelaide Festival.

Your legacy enables the Adelaide Festival to be brave.

Read on for more information or download our Adelaide Festival Legacy Circle brochure.



Water Stains on the Wall, 2012. Credit: Liu Chen-hsiang.

Water Stains on the Wall, 2012. Credit: Liu Chen-hsiang.

Play your part in the future of Adelaide Festival

Artistic Director of the Edinburgh Festival, Ian Hunter, helped to run the first Adelaide Festival in 1960 and its patron was the Queen Mother. It was declared a resounding success.

The Adelaide Festival has continued to delight and challenge audiences ever since. Now more than ever, the Festival relies on the generosity of our supporters, passionate arts lovers like you.

By making a gift in your Will, you can help secure the Adelaide Festival’s future for generations to come.

My sister Alison showed great musical talent from an early age. Although she lived most of her adult life in Europe, she wished to support important musical activities in Australia in her Will, to acknowledge her early background. She visited Adelaide on many occasions and held the Adelaide Festival in high regard. She made this gift to continue the support and encouragement of the arts in Australia.

Christopher Burrell




Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bequest?
A bequest is a gift made in your Will. By leaving a bequest to the Adelaide Festival, through Foundation Adelaide Festival, you can contribute to future artists, performances and audiences, while enjoying your assets during your lifetime. Bequests can be personal or made in honour of a loved one. You can also make a living bequest and experience the joy of seeing your gift come to life.

What are my options for leaving a gift in my Will?
You can nominate a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or a gift of shares or other assets. You can make a general gift or a specified gift.

How will my gift be used?
All legacy gifts are invested in our endowment fund. This ensures the long-term resilience of the Adelaide Festival and helps the Festival to manage risk.

Is there a minimum amount?
No. Gifts of any size are welcomed and will make a vital difference to the Adelaide Festival.

What is the best wording to use?
We recommend discussing your gift with your family and your lawyer. You can also contact our Philanthropy Team. You should get legal advice, but here is an example:

“I give (% of my estate/or a nominated amount, and/or shares) to Foundation Adelaide Festival Limited ABN 635 081 506 of Level 9, 33 King William Street, Adelaide, for the use and benefit of the Adelaide Festival ABN 70 858 344 347 and I direct that the receipt of an authorised officer for the time being of Foundation Adelaide Festival shall be a full discharge to my executors and trustee who need not see the application of any benefit hereby given.”


UKARIA Sunset Experience, 2019. Credit: Andrew Beveridge.

UKARIA Sunset Experience, 2019. Credit: Andrew Beveridge.

Something has been born that will live... this thing will go on... But it is important to keep up standards. It is important too, to stir people up.

Professor John Bishop, Founder of Adelaide Festival with Sir Lloyd Dumas, 1960

Thank you

If you’ve already remembered Adelaide Festival in your Will, thank you. We would love the opportunity to thank you personally and keep you up to date with the Festival by inviting you to join the Adelaide Festival Legacy Circle. If you are happy to notify us of your wishes, simply contact our Philanthropy Team via the details below and we will be in touch.

You may nominate to remain anonymous if preferred. We understand the details of your Will are private and we will treat any information you give us in the strictest confidence.


We invite you to contact us on 08 8216 4466 or email to notify us or to start a conversation about how you can pass on your love of the Adelaide Festival to future generations by including Foundation Adelaide Festival in your Will.

Foundation Adelaide Festival 
Foundation Adelaide Festival Public Ancillary Fund is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Donations of $2.00 or more are tax-deductible.
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