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After-dark events coming up at Adelaide Botanic Garden

Following the success of the recent ‘Biennial After Dark’ event, and with the continued easing of COVID-19 restrictions in SA, the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium is running two events in October as its Botanica Lumina program is officially re-lit. 

Two ‘Botanica Lumina’ events will be held in Adelaide Botanic Garden in October which will give people the opportunity to experience the garden in new ways.

Botanica Lumina is a program of curated night-time events in Adelaide Botanic Garden, where the community can connect with nature and each other, and experience the garden and its living collections in a new way.

Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, said visitors can experience their much-loved garden in a contemporary, fun and immersive way.

“As twilight descends, Botanica Lumina will offer a variety of events that puts music, science, art and culture in the spotlight,” Dr Sutherland said.

“The Garden’s outdoor setting is perfectly suited to hosting socially-distant events, and we can’t wait to welcome people this October.


Kicking off the spring calendar is Noise//Nature, a unique audio-visual experience presented in association with Music SA and Capital Waste Pictures.

Ticket-holders will be able to lounge back on the lawns, gaze upon vivid light projections over the natural landscape and listen to a synchronised soundtrack of music re-mixed with garden sound recordings.

The one-night-only event has been crafted by a local team including sonic artist, Michael Ellingford, and video cinematographer, Liam Somerville.

Just one week later, visitors can treat their ears to an operatic performance - G.F Handel’s Acis & Galeta, presented in association with Co-Opera and supported by Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 program.

Co-Opera has a long tradition of sharing opera in fun, accessible performances, and this Greek myth about the transitory nature of love and pleasure is no exception.

Co-Opera Artistic Director, Joshua van Konkelenberg said the organisation has taken productions to pubs, parks, and even shearing sheds across the country, and are eager to bring the opera to Adelaide Botanic Garden.

“Twilight in the garden is the perfect setting for the opera and we’re thrilled to be part of the garden’s inaugural Botanica Lumina program,” Mr Konkelenberg said.

Visitors to both events can bring their own picnic, or consider complementing their evening by pre-ordering a Gardens Café and Kiosk gourmet picnic box, or enjoying dinner at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.

To stay up to date on all future Botanica Lumina news and event releases, subscribe to the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium e-newsletter via https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/contact-us/subscribe

Event Details

Event: Noise//Nature
Location: Conifer Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Date: Saturday 3 October
Time: Gates open 7pm – 10pm. Stay for an hour, or three!
Cost: $15 General Admission | FREE for under 12 year olds
Access: Entry and exit to the event is via the Main Gate on North Terrace only
https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/whats-on/noise-nature  for more info and tickets.

Event: Acis & Galeta
Location: Conifer Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Date: Friday 9 October & Saturday 10 October
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm (includes intermission) – Gates open 6.30pm
Cost: $60 General Admission | $30 (concession/pension)
Access: Entry and exit to the event is via the Main Gate on North Terrace only
https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/whats-on/acis-and-galatea  for more info and tickets. 

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