A week long program of business, arts and free community events will mark the much anticipated official opening of the Adelaide Convention Centre’s West Building – the first completed stage in a multi-million dollar expansion. Thousands of South Australians are expected to flood through the doors of the West Building over the course of the week to attend events, tour the new building and enjoy some of Adelaide’s best newly created views.

Free public events during the week include SciWorld – an interactive exhibition for families to explore the wonders of science, Emma Hack Art Exhibitions, Solar Panel Art Exhibition and Made in SA – a two-day interactive exhibition bringing together South Australian innovators across a spectrum of industries. The program also includes a number of ticketed events including a concert by Grammy award winning singer Macy Gray, Longest Lamington World Record Charity Lunch and a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) afternoon tea.

The Premier will host a cocktail reception on Friday 13th March to mark the official ceremonial opening of the new West Building. Made in SA, a free major public exhibition showcasing leading home grown businesses and organisations will be a centrepiece of the program. It will bring together South Australian innovators across a spectrum of industries and disciplines, from the arts, sport, food and fashion, to education, health, defence and mining.

The Made in SA exhibition will have six key sections – The Smart State, Big Business, Champions of the State, Team Colours, Protecting our Community and the Creative Laneway with Fashion Shows by renowned SA designer Liza Emanuele.

Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the week long program of events will give South Australians an opportunity see the new West Building’s key features and versatility in action.

“The program also acts as a showcase for the many ways the Centre works with and supports the SA community whether through business, arts or local charities,” said Mr Gilbert. “At the Adelaide Convention Centre we’re proudly South Australian – we feel extremely privileged to be part of creating an innovative and forward-thinking state.

“The new West Building opening will reinforce the Centre’s ongoing contribution to growing the economic, social and cultural fabric of South Australia.

“The Centre is for all South Australians and one they can be proud of, today, and for decades to come.” With work nearing completion on the West Building ahead of the official launch, work on Stage Two of the Centre’s redevelopment is well underway and will continue in 2015 – creating an innovative solution-focused space which provides even further flexibility for event organisers. It’s scheduled for completion in 2017.