From March 12 to October 25, you’ll be able to enter the Botanic Gardens after dark for a series of nocturnal events that include a fiery art installation, a tour of a creepy “Dead House”, and a classical recital with a four-course Botanic Gardens Restaurant dinner.
During these events, the gardens will be lit up with an environmentally sustainable and flexible lighting system by renowned local designer Geoff Cobham. It’s been made possible with $500,000 in funding for lighting infrastructure from private donors and the State Government.
Don’t miss glowing outdoor art installation Fire Gardens from March 12 to 15. It's by world-renowned French collective Compagnie Carabosse, who’ll return to the gardens as part of Adelaide Festival. Over four nights the city's green lung will transform with fiery sculptures, terracotta urns and handcrafted fire pots, all holding thousands of flickering individual flames.
Last year, Brisbane Festival rescheduled the much-anticipated show amid safety concerns during Queensland’s total fire ban, and the bushfire emergency that had engulfed parts of the state. In light of the fires that ripped through parts of South Australia last month, Adelaide Festival will donate profits from the installation to the Lobethal Bushfire Recovery Fund, the KI Mayoral Relief & Recovery Bushfire Fund and the RSPCA South Australia Bushfire Appeal.
You can also explore the gardens’ heritage buildings (including the creepy “Dead House”) by night on May 21 as part of the South Australian History Festival; listen to a classical performance by acclaimed Berlin-based, Adelaide-born concert pianist Chris Lloyd on July 2, with a four-course menu from Botanic Gardens Restaurant chef Paul Baker; and join top SA thinkers on August 20 as they delve into the world’s big topics during National Science Week.