The Marion Cultural Centre (MCC) at Oaklands Park is coming of age and celebrating its 21st birthday tomorrow (November 23).
This heritage-listed civic building between Westfield Marion and the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre was commissioned by the City of Marion to create a cultural meeting place for the community.
The MCC was officially opened on November 23, 2001, by the then Mayor of Marion, Felicity-Anne Lewis, and the then State Minister for the Arts, Diana Laidlaw.
Today the building incorporates the Gallery M art space, the Domain Theatre, a public library, an Original Pancake Kitchen eatery, meeting spaces and rooms to hire for functions and events.
The building itself was created in the Postmodern-style and was designed by Melbourne architects Ashton Raggat McDougall (ARM) in collaboration with the Adelaide studio of Phillips/Pilkington Architects.
A distinctive feature of the design is the incorporation of the word MARION as a “marker of place” in the façade and external features with the MAR forming part of the building and the ION incorporated in an ‘I’ sculpture, a rock word ‘O’ and a trellis ‘N’.
The MCC achieved state and national heritage listing in 2019.
The MCC is celebrating its birthday with events throughout the year, starting with a birthday party for invited community guests including members of the public who were involved in the design and building of the centre.
The program of events from December 2022 to May 2023:
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