Inaugural major event Illuminate opens in Adelaide

Illuminate Adelaide was impacted by the recent seven day lockdown.

In a rare turn of events it was the weather rather than Covid that delayed the opening of Adelaide’s new winter festival Illuminate.

Over 300,000 people are expected to attend the event which is being held over 16 days and nights and features 150 installations, performances, and events, including 41 world premieres.

“We are transforming the streets, laneways and open spaces into a nocturnal playground of projections, imagination and light,” said co-founders and creative directors, Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge.

“From large scale installations to brilliant projections and immersive works, visitors can experience local, national and international artists and innovators in cutting edge works on a scale Adelaide has never seen.”

The event includes City Lights, a free city wide program with over 40 large scale installations, projections, and immersive works spanning three precincts in the North, East and West of the city.

“We boast being the third most liveable city in the world so let’s celebrate and reinvigorate Adelaide over winter and embrace all that Illuminate Adelaide has to offer,” Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall said.

“South Australia’s future technology and creative industries are making sure Adelaide remains one of the world’s greatest creative cities.

“This event has not only generated hundreds of jobs in South Australia but has given many of our young people in the technology and production fields the opportunity to upskill, working with leading international companies in this field.”