Illuminate Adelaide

A curated winter festival of art, light, technology and music is set to converge on the City of Adelaide*. ‘Illuminate Adelaide’ will shine on local, national and international collaborators working across various fields of technology-based innovation and creative industry. The festivities will engulf the city streets, laneways and buildings, as well as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the West End, and Adelaide Zoo, in a dazzling showcase of installations, performances and other art-fuelled events with 41 world premieres in the mix.

Gali May Lucas and Karoline Hinz, Absorbed by Light. Photograph: Janus van den Eijnden. Courtesy the artist and Illuminate Adelaide, South Australia

There is fun to be had by all ages. Highlights include: ‘Light Cycles’, an immersive experience designed to draw audiences into the magical realms of a spectacularly lit night-time forest animated with sound, video and special effects by Montreal-based multimedia crew Moment Factory. Nightly from 6-11pm; ‘City Lights’ will transform the CBD into a marvellous adventure playground with over 40 large-scale installations, dazzling projections and immersive artworks; larger-than-life creatures of the animal kingdom animate in ‘Light Creatures’ at the Zoo; the façade of the Institute Building plays host to ‘Kaylene’s TV’, a luminous projection of Indigenous artist Kaylene Whiskey’s unique and colourful world of desert pop art presented in collaboration with Jackson Lee. British artist Gali May Lucas and Berlin-based sculptor Karoline Hinz invite audiences to join three figures frozen in an eternal scroll on their smartphones in ‘Absorbed by Light’, exploring the phenomena of a world transfixed, unable to look away from the intrigue that exists in our pocket technologies. A perfect opportunity for a selfie!

*In light of the COVID-19 restrictions in place for South Australia, all ‘Illuminate Adelaide’ events (free and ticketed) originally scheduled for 16 July to 1 August, will be paused until further advice from SA Health. Visit the event’s website for updated information.