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Northern Festival Centre

106 Gertrude St, Port Pirie SA 5540

(08) 8633 8500

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DC League Of Super-Pets
  • Film

DC League Of Super-Pets

30th September 2022 — 7th October 2022

Mild animated fantasy violence and coarse language

Presented by Country Arts SA

All Pets Have Secrets, Theirs Are Super

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Ticket to Paradise
  • Film

Ticket to Paradise

6th October 2022 — 8th October 2022

Coarse language

Presented by Country Arts SA

Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.

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Wog Boys Forever
  • Film

Wog Boys Forever

13th October 2022 — 15th October 2022

Strong coarse language

Presented by Country Arts SA

Steve 'The Wog Boy' Karamitsis [Nick Giannopoulos] & his best mate Frank [Vince Colosimo] are back on the big screen in the hilarious new film 'Wog Boys Forever’.

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About Northern Festival Centre

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).

Community Circle- supporting creative communities

In 2014, Country Arts SA is partnering with local businesses to enable more people in the community to experience, value and benefit from the arts.

A new initiative from Country Arts SA Chair Lew Owens, 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 Northern Festival Centre in continuing to deliver a dynamic mix of exciting live performances, creative workshops and educational projects throughout 2014.

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.

Arts Centre Reference Group

Working with local community members to ensure the Arts Centre continues to meet the community’s arts and cultural expectations.

The Current members are:

Rhys Millington

Rhys is the Special Events Coordinator for the Port Pirie Regional Council, and holds a bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management from the University of South Australia. Rhys joined the Port Pirie Regional Council in late 2010, and has been involved in a number of major events in the region, including the State Masters Games, New Years Eve celebrations, and the Global Maintenance Mining Conference and Trade Show, to name a few. His role is to coordinate a number of Council run events, direct State Masters Games events, and assist organisers of community events.

Elaine Gardner

Elaine Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Association based in the Mid North, has worked in the arts for 30 years with community arts, as artist in residence, managing arts events, workshop leader, past board or panel member of Community Arts Network, Craft Council of SA, Artist in Schools, Youth Arts and current member of grants assessment panel of CASA. Past member of TARTS, and TAD. Current member CAN and Craft South. Holds Degree in Teaching.

Sandra Waite

Sandra Community Officer, Port Pirie Regional Council. Sandra has a Dip in Management and has dedicated 23 years in Local Government within the cities of Playford, Salisbury, Charles Sturt & Town of Hindmarsh. In 2004 convened the LGAVMN working on a number of projects based on best practice for volunteer management. Sandra served on the board of VSA&NT for 4 years whilst working in Adelaide and contributed to their committees, projects and business to support and underpin the value of volunteering in communities on a national level.

Kirstie Jamieson

Kirstie Team Leader Cultural Development with Country Arts SA and Director of the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery. Kirstie has a diverse background – studying art history and anthropology, working on exhibitions at the SA Museum, managing a small business and teaching yoga. Originally from Adelaide, she has spent the past nine years in regional South Australia working with community groups and individual artists throughout the Flinders Ranges and Mid North.

Debi Myles

Debi is the Business Development Officer for Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, Southern Flinders. In this role she assists small to medium businesses with business advice and works with councils and communities to promote business, tourism and employment. Debi has had a diverse career, working for not for profit organisations, local government, the mining sector and has owned her own businesses . She has a Diploma of Management, is currently studying Project Management and is a qualified Trainer and Assessor.

Access & Patron Facilities


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.


Booking Tickets

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

Friends Club

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

Friends Club Membership

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.

  • Access to the Friends discount ticket price, anytime throughout the year (one ticket per performance)
  • Discount on Morning Melodies shows
  • Discount on selected commercial shows
  • Discount on Arts on Screen screenings
  • Discount on cinema tickets
  • Regular updates on Northern Festival Centre activities
  • Invitations to special events
  • Priority seating and presale tickets for Country Arts SA allocated seated live shows and selected commercial shows (Email address required)
  • Access to Friends Club ticket discounts at any of the five Country Arts SA venues as mentioned on the back of your membership card (members only)
Purchase Membership

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 Voucher; Gift Vouchers can be used for any performance at the theatre.

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Terms and Conditions


Gift Vouchers are available for purchase online at the following values: $100, $50, $20, $10

Gift Vouchers can only be exchange for tickets at the theatre Box Office during office hours or online through our website.

Gift Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

Gift Vouchers are redeemable for tickets at the Venue in which it was originally purchased from only and are non transferable.

Country Arts SA Venues are not responsible for lost or stolen Gift Vouchers.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 36 months from the date of purchase.

Additional Terms and Conditions may apply contact the theatre for more details.

For Promoters & Producers

Everything you need

  • 495 seat proscenium arch auditorium
  • Council Room and adjoining smaller meeting room with balcony foyer and own kitchen facilities
  • Ballroom with flat floor, spacious adjoining foyers, adjoining kitchen and bar, room for 650 guests theatre style or 500 for dining, concealed wall panel dividing system and theatre lighting and sound systems
  • Barbara Welch Room – a small carpeted function room adjacent to the ballroom with its own bar facilities and access to the main kitchen
  • Licenced 110 seat restaurant and bars
  • Spacious foyers overlooking Memorial Park
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage width 21.5m x 12.5m depth
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • Digital 3D cinema projector with surround sound
  • TV, VCR, Cassette, CD, 35mm carousel slide projector, hand-held and standard wireless microphones
  • Computerised box office
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe room, laundry facilities
  • Spacious rehearsal area with mirrors and barres
  • Orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • Yamaha Concert Grand
  • Public address system

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

View Venue Technical Specifications

Tour Coordination Services
Link into Country Arts SA’s network of performing arts centres across South Australia and benefit from collaboration on tours and negotiation of venue costs, performances and box office as a state-wide package. Please email [email protected] for more information.

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.

With a wide range of shows and some of Australia’s most well-loved actors, you’re sure to find something for everyone. This variety means that we can help you select the show most suited to your guests to ensure an enjoyable night is had by all.

Country Arts SA Corporate Hospitality Packages are designed to help you deliver your business targets in a distinctive way, and can be tailored to meet the needs and budget constraints of your business.

Country Arts SA is continually looking to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with leading, innovative companies such as yours, who understand the reinforcement of business brand values to the community through the arts.

Benefits of Purchasing Corporate Tickets

  • Performance programmes (where available)
  • Tailored drinks package for your needs
  • Free use of exclusive foyer areas for pre-show or post show drinks
  • You can also access special function areas for you to entertain larger groups
  • Ease of booking when purchasing for large groups.
  • Assistance in co-ordinating catering for functions and events held at the venue.
  • Pre show group theatre tours.
  • Invitations to Country Arts SA after show functions.
  • Meet the cast (selected shows only).
  • Best seats available
  • You will also receive invitations to selected, exclusive VIP functions at the venue where you can network with leading corporate identities and artists.

Additional options can easily be arranged to create an evening tailored to your needs

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Northern Festival Centre Master Plan

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.

Master Plan Summary Full Master Plan


How to find us

Opening hours: 12.30pm to 4.30pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 hour prior to performances and half an hour following the commencement of a performance.

Box Office Opening Hours
Wednesday to Friday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
1 hour before performances

The theatre has a Licensed Bar.

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Venue details

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

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