It’s that time of the year again – Adelaide’s wintery nights are about to become a little heated with the return of Illuminate Adelaide – a festival of stunning light installations in spectacular collision of technology, music and art.
Since Illuminate’s inception in 2021, Light Cycles by Montreal-based Moment Factory has taken over the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with a cutting-edge, walking trail exhibition which left gazers awe-inspired year after year. And in a major announcement, the same team are bringing a brand-new experience to the Gardens for this year’s Illuminate.
Resonate is the one to look out for in the 2023 program. The multimedia pioneers will showcase six new installations spanning a 1.7-kilometre nighttime trail, revealing the Adelaide Botanic Gardens’ scape which is said to be brighter, bolder and more immersive than the sell-out Light Cycles of previous years.
Each installation along the trail embodies the studio’s signature mix of lighting design, video, special effects, and original music. This time ’round, Moment Factory’s creative team aspires to connect you even more deeply with the environment.
As you stroll along, you’re encouraged to engage with the installations through simple gestures that are designed to generate resonance between body, mind, light, sound, natural elements, and other people. Think: powerful themes and a kaleidoscopic colour palette.
Illuminate Adelaide’s co-founders and creative directors, Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge says, “We are ecstatic to have Moment Factory bring Resonate to Adelaide and give both locals and visitors to our wonderful city the chance to take a moment to tune into the natural wonderland of this treasured garden. We guarantee it will be an after-dark experience that will leave a lasting impression on the minds of young and old.”
Moment Factory’s creative director, Gabriel Pontbriand says, “We are proud to return to Illuminate Adelaide for a third year. We received such a warm welcome with Light Cycles, and we are looking forward to sharing Resonate, inspired by our human capacity for emotional and physical resonance with the environment.”
Illuminate Adelaide’s Resonate will run between Thursday 29 June and Sunday 30 July 2023, excluding Mondays, with entry via the Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Main Gate on North Terrace.