Garden Of Unearthly Delights Goes Avant Garde(n) In 2019

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe. The Garden Of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe. Image © Andre Castellucci

Each year a community of people from all around come together to create a unique festival playground as part of Adelaide Fringe.


It began with just one Spiegeltent 19 years ago, evolving into the heart of the Fringe and presenting an array of venues, bars, carnival rides, world foods, market stalls, and the most unexpected sideshow surprises.

Here, Garden Of Unearthly Delights Director Michelle Buxton gives us the lowdown on what we can expect during the season.

What is there for audiences look forward to in 2019?
Every year The Garden creates an electric atmosphere and presents a really varied programme packed full of circus, cabaret, music and much more. We have really upped the stakes this year with our interactive shows. Don’t miss the absolutely stunning House Of Mirrors, built using 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of mirrors. It is a mind-blowing romp through a house-sized kaleidoscope and perfect for those who love to look at themselves in the mirror!

Any general comments about the breadth of genres to experience?
With over 100 shows there really is something for everyone at The Garden. Our programme is designed to appeal to the perfect melting pot of culture, gender, age, couples, singles and families. Shows like like ‘Wank Bank’ make a great awkward first date or are great for a laugh with a group of friends and on the other side of the coin an intimate night with power house vocalist Katie Noonan or the superb Stardust featuring Linda Bull singing Willie Nelson are guaranteed to appeal to music lovers.

Can we expect something fresh and exclusive to 2019?
Our programme is packed with Garden firsts. Brendan Maclean is launching his new album in a one-night-only event and the fabulous new show 'Card Ninja' weaponises a humble deck of playing cards to deliver a performance of precision, power and speed. Particularly special to me is our 2019 Garden artwork created by New York based photographer Ryan Burke. Ryan’s aesthetic creates unique and expressive characters unrelated to any particular culture, society, race, religion, or gender. This gorgeous work reflects our belief in freedom of gender and sexuality which is integral to the arts and most certainly to The Garden.

The Garden Of Unearthly Delights presents shows between 14 February-17 March.

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