Date posted: 11 March 2020
Visitors will be enchanted by the nocturnal wonders of Adelaide Botanic Garden with the launch this week of Botanica Lumina, a new program of curated after-dark events that will see the garden come alive through the cooler months.
An environmentally sustainable and flexible lighting system by renowned designer, Geoff Cobham, is allowing the city’s natural oasis to be transformed for a range of evening events with live music, art, film, historical tours and botanically inspired food tastings.
Botanica Lumina – with $500,000 of funding for lighting infrastructure from private donors and the State Government - will be Adelaide’s newest night activation, providing a unique stage to host social and cultural events.
“Botanica Lumina will shine a light on South Australia, driving nature-based tourism in our State,” said Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs.
“It supports the development of Adelaide as a world-leading, sustainable and liveable city, in line with the government’s Green Adelaide initiative.
“As well as creating exceptional visitor experiences, the program will boost opportunities for local businesses and the creative industries and become a platform for new partnerships.
“It also moves Adelaide a step forward in its goal to becoming the world’s second National Park City, after London.”
Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Director, Dr Lucy Sutherland, is excited by the project which will run through autumn and winter.
“This program allows people to experience plants in a contemporary way. It sees this iconic institution evolve and explore new avenues that connect our community to nature through the botanic garden,” Dr Sutherland said.
“Botanica Lumina also provides an outstanding opportunity to activate the East End of the city through this time of the year.
“Immersed in a natural sanctuary, visitors will be able to see, hear and feel the garden in a new light. With a variety of experiences on offer, they will delight in a melting pot of music, science and culture.”