A dimly-lit section of red cinema-style seating

Northern Festival Centre

Nukunu Country
106 Gertrude St, Port Pirie SA 5540
Box Office Hours
Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
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The Northern Festival Centre is a fully equipped multi-purpose arts centre and can accommodate a diverse range of conferences, performing arts, film screenings, seminars and product launches. Within the Centre are the Keith Michell Theatre, The Ballroom and meeting rooms (Barbara Welch Room and Council Room).

Port Pirie proudly announces itself as ‘The City of Friendly People’. Located on the eastern shore of the Spencer Gulf, Port Pirie is South Australia’s second largest port. It is an industry based city, whose economy is driven by the huge silver, lead and zinc smelters which process the raw ore brought from Broken Hill, and the port which provides transportation for both the metal and rural industries surrounding the city.

In addition to being one of South Australia’s most important industrial and commercial centres, it has a rich and historical base, with a number of heritage listed buildings and monuments throughout the city. The region offers visitors a myriad of activities and attractions in a district steeped in history and culture.

Port Pirie is 229 km North of Adelaide and has a population of 13,500 and a theatre base of 20,000 (population within 100km).

Everything you need

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Northern Festival Centre is available online. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

After extended consultation with the community a Master Plan was created for the Northern Festival Centre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen.

We have both a summary and plan available to the public below.

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Parking is available in the Northern Festival Centre carpark as well as on road parking around Memorial Park on which Northern Festival Centre is situated.


Please contact the venue box office with your access requirements. Staff will help you book best possible seats available.

Disability Seating

Row H on Entry 2 side has removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or to allow ease of access to transfer to a theatre seat and is accessible using a chair lift. Side Entry is available for patrons unable to handle a lot of stairs. There are 5 steps up and 5 steps down using a rail and we can seat you either on the flat in-front of the stage or just an extra 1 or 2 steps up in row A or B A disability toilet is available in the foyer of the Northern Festival Centre. Wheelchair loan – Please contact the theatre on 8633 8500 if you need to borrow a wheelchair ‘free of charge’ when you attend your performance. The Northern Festival Centre is guide dog friendly

  • Licenced Bar
  • Chair Lift to Theatre Auditorium
Box Office Opening Hours

12.30pm to 4.30pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 hour prior to performances

Friends Club Membership

The Country Arts SA’s Friends Club is a membership program that rewards our loyal patrons and helps support our Arts Centres.

Show your card and save throughout the year. Your Friends Club membership ($30) entitles you to buy tickets at the discounted Friends price at any time. It’s your season as you like it and when you like it.

Terms and Conditions apply, contact the venue for more details

Gift Vouchers

Don’t know what to give your friends or family for birthdays or special occasions?

Entertain them with a theatre Gift Certificate; Gift Vouchers can be used for any performance at the theatre.

Corporate Entertainment

A night at the theatre is a perfect way to entertain and impress your clients, network and reward staff. Our staff will assist you in all steps of planning to ensure your guests have a unique and memorable night at the theatre that they will always associate with your company’s hospitality.

Community Circle

Country Arts SA is partnering with local businesses to enable more people in the community to experience, value and benefit from the arts.

Community Circle brings together businesses with a shared passion and commitment to giving back to the communities in which they operate.

The generous backing of Community Circle businesses will support the Chaffey Theatre in continuing to deliver a dynamic mix of exciting live performances, creative workshops and educational projects.

Community Circle provides a unique platform for businesses to engage with their local communities in association with artistic excellence and exceptional live performance all year round.

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Country Arts SA recognises that we are living and creating on First Nations Lands and we are committed to working together to honour their living cultures.

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