Illuminate festival to light the night

Mount Gambier’s picturesque Cave Gardens will again transform as part of Illuminate Adelaide, with the popular light show returning to the Blue Lake city.

Mount Gambier, along with Renmark and Victor Harbor, will light up as part of regional installations of Illuminate Adelaide featuring a mix of international, national and local artists.  

It follows the success of regional activations in Illuminate Adelaide’s inaugural year in Mount Gambier and Tumby Bay, when more than 16,000 visitors revelled in the celebration.

The regional presentations are an initiative supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission in partnership with innovative regional councils and award-winning artists, with the aim to shine a light on South Australia in winter and drive visitation across the state. 

The Digital Garden will return to Mount Gambier’s Cave Gardens from August 5-21, where visitors will follow a trail of installations, lighting and projection.

Digital Garden will re-imagine the popular hub with a series of works. A highlight of the project will be an interactive installation by Jen Lewin Studio titled The Pool, a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with light when activated by touch. 

Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said extending major events beyond Adelaide and into regional South Australia was hugely important for local economies and communities.  

“We’re thrilled to help bring the magic of Illuminate Adelaide to the Riverland, Limestone Coast and Fleurieu Peninsula,” she said.

“This will drive visitation and expenditure into the regions beyond the peak tourism season where we have seen record-breaking occupancy rates.”

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