Gallic and maple leaf magic coming to Illuminate Adelaide 2024

Illuminate Adelaide 2024
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Illuminate Adelaide 2024 starts in just over two weeks, and you’ll find a few French and Canadian companies in the program. Over the next few weeks. we will share interviews with them but before that, let’s enlighten you about what you can expect!

Illuminate Adelaide 2024



Grand Mix by INOOK (FRANCE)

Art Gallery of South Australia

Brace yourself for a time-travelling extravaganza as the Art Gallery of South Australia’s upcoming Reimagining the Renaissance exhibition (opens 20 July) bursts forth from its confines! Prepare to party like it’s 1599, as some of the gallery’s masterpieces have made a daring escape, demanding to be heard and celebrated on the grandest of stages.


In a stroke of artistic genius, the French immersive artists of INOOK have conjured a Renaissance choir like no other. Harnessing the power of AI technology, they have plucked faces from the exhibition’s works, breathing new life into them and creating an entirely novel form of art.

Get ready to sing and dance along to contemporary pop hits, but with a twist that transcends time itself. Familiar melodies will intertwine with the visages of bygone eras, creating a harmonious fusion of past and present that will leave you spellbound.


Whether you’re a lover of art, music, or simply seeking an unforgettable experience, this Renaissance revelry promises to transport you to a realm where boundaries blur, and creativity knows no limits. Embrace the escapade and let the echoes of history mingle with the rhythms of today, creating a symphony that will resonate through the ages.


Adelaide is just the latest city to get the Grand Mix experience, with Inook having already transformed Rijks Museum Amsterdam, the museums of Torun in Poland, the Fine Arts Museum in Lyon and many other sites.


Roseaux by 1ToMn (One Touch of Madness) (CANADA)

Brookman Building Lawns and Frome Rd corner, North Terrace

Embark on a journey of collective creativity as you encounter the ‘particip-active’ installation hailing from the vibrant province of Quebec. Gather your crew and step into the realm of 1ToMn’s Roseaux, where a fun and exhilarating race awaits, challenging you to unite and transform the interactive ‘reeds’ into a harmonious symphony of colour.


Immerse yourself in a vibrant soundscape that pulsates with energy, as sensor-driven beams of colourful light dance across the installation. Roseaux is a sensory experience like no other, designed to ignite a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie as you work together to achieve a common goal.

Illuminate Adelaide - Rouseaux 1ToMn

Conceived through a collaboration between UDO Design and Serge Maheu, and produced by Init and 1ToMn, this tour de force promises to captivate and inspire. As you navigate through the interactive reeds, you’ll find yourself swept up in a whirlwind of hues, each movement contributing to the ever-evolving chromatic tapestry.


Roseaux invites you to embrace the power of collective action. Immerse yourself in this chromatic challenge, where teamwork and creativity converge, and let the vibrant energy of this installation ignite your senses and forge lasting memories.


Urban Garden by TILT (FRANCE)

Various Locations, East End

Prepare to be enveloped in a radiant oasis as Urban Garden, a mesmerizing collection of large-scale and light installations, takes center stage. Presented by the renowned French company TILT in collaboration with Illuminate Adelaide, this extraordinary display promises to transform the city’s streets into a luminous wonderland.

Urban Garden TILT

As the winter darkness descends, these brilliant creations will cast a warm and inviting glow, beckoning visitors to bask in their radiance. Wander through this urban jungle, and let the vibrant hues and mesmerizing patterns envelop you in a world of enchantment. Whether you seek a moment of tranquillity or a burst of energy, Urban Garden offers a sanctuary where art and nature converge, creating a truly unforgettable experience. 



The French masters of flame, Compagmie Carabosse, were last in Adelaide during the hot Summer of 2020 for Adelaide Festival. This time, we will get to experience their warming Fire Gardens in the cold of Adelaide’s winter. They’re again taking over the Adelaide Botanic Garden and setting up their beautiful fire installation Fire Gardens.


These alchemists of light and heat will create an exquisite and enchanting wonderland, filled with illuminating surprises that will leave you spellbound. Thousands of handcrafted giant fire pots, captivating kinetic sculptures, live music, and candlelit arched pathways will bring warmth and a mesmerizing firelight transformation to the Adelaide Botanic Garden. This specially commissioned work promises to ignite your senses and transport you to a realm where nature and fire intertwine in a breathtaking spectacle.

Cie Carabosse Fire Gardens Photo: Regina Marcenkiene
Photo: Regina Marcenkiene

Filled with flaming delights and elemental forces, this premiere twilight event is a feast for the senses. Relish the opportunity to blaze your own trail, marvel at the transformation of the natural environment as it dances with the flickering flames. Embrace the chance to witness the extraordinary and bask in the warmth of this captivating display.


Read our review of their Adelaide Festival installation here.

We look forward to sharing our interviews with each of these companies over the coming weeks and can’t wait to see their installations at Illuminate Adelaide 2024!



WHAT: Illuminate Adelaide 2024

WHERE: Various locations in Adelaide

WHEN: 4-21 July 2024

City Lights 5:30pm-10:30pm 5-21 July 2024

Fire Gardens Thursdays to Sundays 4-21 July 2024

HOW: No booking required for the free City Lights program but you will need to reserve tickets for Fire Gardens which you can do here

HOW MUCH: The City Lights are free. Fire Gardens tickets cost $42 or $40 pp if you book for a group of 4+. Children under 4 enter for free


For events with links to France and the Francophonie happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in June

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