Illuminate Adelaide 2024 Programme

Illuminate Adelaide
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Winter nights are for Illuminate Adelaide – it returns this July for the fourth year, featuring ticketed and free events between the intersection of art, light, music and technology.

It’s an exciting programme taking over the Adelaide CBD – highlights of the ticketed programme include the dynamic flaming sculptures of Fire Gardens at Adelaide Botanic Garden, after-dark puppetry and animations in Universal Kingdom at Adelaide Zoo, Dutch pianist Joep Beving, interactive digital work Eden from Berlin, British electronic musician Max Cooper, Patch Theatre’s Superliminal, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and UK artist The Caretaker, for Unsound Adelaide.

Meanwhile, for free, guests can attend the celebrated City Lights initiative, featuring 40 installations and projects to explore across the city. City Lights will transform some of the city’s most cherished cultural institutions and heritage buildings, including Government House, Bonython Hall, Art Gallery of South Australia and Lot Fourteen.

“This year the 2024 Illuminate Adelaide programme features some of the most exciting creative innovators and artists the world has to offer – and we can’t wait for July when they will brighten our winter with installations, projections, performances and immersive experiences across the city for a full 18 nights,” Illuminate Adelaide Co-Founders and Creative Directors Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge say.

Illuminate will feature interactive experiences and breathtaking visual spectacles, with a line-up of immersive activations created by national and international visionaries, alongside South Australian artists.

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Universal Kingdom - Image © Erth

‘Fill The Earth’ at Nexus Arts will present seven stories about how we fill our world, spaces, and lives. A giant caterpillar giving birth to green balloons. . . A man negotiating a door. . . A woman creating a garden from dead branches. . . This is just some of what to see through physical performance, visual art, dance and video.

Head along to MOD. for a free screening of Miyazaki’s 1984 film ‘Nausicaa Of The Valley’, as well as the 2024 exhibition of BROKEN, an exploration of how the world could be different if we imagine new ways of being.

“In its fourth year, Illuminate Adelaide has changed how we experience winter in our city. It has been embraced by South Australians and visitors alike, cementing its position as a major event in the annual calendar,” South Australian Minister For Tourism Zoe Bettison says.

“A city-wide celebration, the 2024 programme welcomes people from all walks of life to experience a wide range of free and ticketed events. The return of the popular City Lights is once again a fantastic free programme that will no doubt light up winter nights for many families and festivalgoers.

“South Australia’s favourite winter event saw a record attendance last year and generated more than $54 million for the state – which was another record-high for Illuminate Adelaide.”

Check out the full programme.

Illuminate Adelaide is on from 4-21 July.

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