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About us

The Barossa Arts Centre is a performing arts complex situated in Tanunda, South Australia; in the heart of the Barossa Valley.

The Centre comprises the following venues:

  • The Brenton Langbein Theatre, capacity 970, including 300 in the balcony. This venue has a fly-tower and a mechanical lift apron, which can be lowered to orchestra pit level.
  • The Eckermann Theatre, a black box multi-purpose studio space, capacity approx. 120 people.
  • The Glass Room Foyer, available for functions, exhibitions, dinners and events.
  • Dance studio, with sprung floor.

The full complex and separate venues are available for hire....

The Barossa Arts Centre is owned and managed by Faith Lutheran College. The facility was built with assistance from the State Government of South Australia, in 1996 to serve both the school and the local community as a multi-purpose performing arts venue.

The facilities at the Barossa Arts Centre are such that it regularly hosts orchestras, choirs, musicals, comedy, rock acts, large- and small-scale theatre productions, exhibitions, seminars, conferences, dinners and events.

The Barossa Arts Centre which serves the school as a Chapel, a classroom and a performing arts venue, accommodating all major school events such as the annual Valedictory service, bi-annual musicals and parent forums. For the community the venue also provides a multipurpose facility which is used for performances, rehearsals, chapel services, conventions, meetings and other special events.

Vision - The Barossa Arts Centre plays a pivotal role in the performing arts and creativity in the region. Mission -To enhance community wellbeing through access to and participation in the creativity and performing arts.

The Eckermann Theatre was named after the founding Principal of Faith Lutheran Secondary School, Brian Eckermann who was Principal 1985 - 2006.

The Barossa Arts Centre has become a centre for learning through the Arts. The facility allows students to work and perform in a semi-professional environment: it gives students, staff parents and families amazing performing arts opportunities to engage in: programming has a clear focus on providing students in our region access to excellent works and art workers. These arts opportunities do provide learning experiences which complement existing learning through the curriculum.
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Brenton Langbein Theatre

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The Barossa Arts Centre is fully equipped with seating for 970 people.
Ground level seating is a cushioned arm-chair with spacious leg room. The floor is raked and carpeted. There is also an allocated area for wheelchair access.

Balcony level seating is comfortable individually cushioned bench style.
Balcony access is via a staircase, there is no lift access.

The main auditorium provides a comfortable main plenary area that has the ability to provide full conference facilities and adapt to full theatre mode for all forms of entertainment.

The main auditorium can be reduced in size for certain styles of events through the use of a retractable curtain.

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Brenton Langbein

A. O.(1928–1993)
Violinist - Conductor - Composer

Brenton Langbein was born at Gawler in 1928 to parents of German and Scottish Ancestry. He started violin studies at the age of 5 and gave his first major public recital in Tanunda Town Hall aged 8 years.

At 11 years he won a scholarship to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studied under Ludwig Schwab and started playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra when fourteen....
In 1948, Aged 20, Brenton became a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a solo performer, while studying composition under Sir Eugene Goosens.

He moved to Europe in 1951 to study in Switzerland and Vienna and with celllist Pablo Casals. In 1953 Brenton settled permanently in Zurich and became leader of Paul Sacher's Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra.

Following an appointment as violin professor at Basle Acadamy he established an acclaimed duo with Australian Pianist Maureen Jones and then a famous trio with Maureen Jones and Horn Player Barry Tuckwell.

Brenton Founded and led the internationally renowned Die Kammermusiker Zurich which performed regularly in Europe, England, America and Australia. He established youth orchestra schools in Zurich and Basle and became Musical Director of the Opera Factory. Zurich.

Brenton gave the first performance of the Hans Werner Henze, Second Violin Concerto (which was dedicated to Langbein) at the 1972 Adelaide Festival of Arts.

He played and conducted regularly in Australia. He was musical Director of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and Co-Founder of the prestigious Swiss Nageli medal for services to music.
He died in Zurich in 1993 and is buried at Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley.
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Eckermann Theatre

The Eckermann Theatre is designed as an experimental space that can be used for a wide range of purposes.
The Eckermann Theatre consists of a flat floor, balcony level, fly tower and technical deck.

Floor space dimension – 18 metres x 10 metres.

There is no fixed seating in the Eckermann Theatre, allowing for total flexibility in Conference or Performance mode.
This flexible space is well suited for small conferences up to 120 at small round tables.

It is also ideal for displays and exhibitions, stand-up or seated dining, break-out facility or registration area.

The Eckermann Theatre was named after Brian Eckermann who served Faith Lutheran School as Principal for 20 years.
Total capacity: 120

Functions & Conferences

The image shows the setup of a function in the foyer

The main foyers are suitable for registrations, display space, exhibition space, break-out facility, stand-up and sit-down meals and other catering. The foyer is linked visually to the main stage by two monitors. The foyers are equipped with three phase power.

The front outside courtyard features but-lit Poplar Trees. Viewed through the floor to ceiling glass wall at the front of the foyer, they create a wonderful ambience in the evening.

The foyer area consists of The Main Foyer (Glass Room) 8 metres x 26 metres and the Eckermann Theatre Foyer 4 metres x 10 metres

Associated Facilities

Wine Education Centre:

A short walk from the complex through an arch tunnel of Wisteria is the Wine Education Centre which is home to a rustic red gum bar along with large fridge and sink. Toilet facilities including a toilet for the disabled is within easy access from the main function room. Suitable for break-outs or eating breaks, retirement drinks or dinners.

Catering Facilities:

The prime catering facility for the Barossa Arts Centre is located adjacent to the Main Foyer.

Atrium:

Opposite the Main Foyer is a glassed area that can be used as access to the Theatre, and also as a reception or meeting area. This area is available for hire.

Break-out Rooms

Several rooms for 10—900 persons are available for hire

Toilets

Toilets are located in the basement for performers. Public toilets are located on both the ground level and balcony level for patrons.

Access

Access for the people with a disability is available at ground level to the foyers and adjacent to the Barossa Arts Centre. Wheelchair access to the Main Theatre, stalls level only.

Parking:

Free on-site parking is available located around the campus and also on the western oval.

Site/Grounds:

The site includes two large ovals and five tennis/basketball courts. This extensive outdoor space is well suited to house large exhibitions, marquee style catering and various other types and styles of events.


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