Winter wonderland

The spotlight was fixed on Mount Gambier’s picturesque Cave Gardens last night, when the Illuminate winter arts festival was switched on.

The inaugural lighting event was designed as part of Illuminate Adelaide to shine a light on Mount Gambier as visitors follow a trail of installations, lasers and light projections around the Cave Gardens.

Known as “Digital Garden”, it will reimagine the popular local hub with a series of works from renowned international companies. Illuminate Adelaide Co-Founders and Creative Directors Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge were thrilled with the event.

“Illuminate Adelaide is delighted to be programming and presenting Digital Garden in Mount Gambier as a regional, satellite event and a precursor to our inaugural flagship event in Adelaide that will open just over a month later,” they said. “It is something very special for the South East region and has been specifically curated for the location.”

With light installation created by Studio Toer having toured the globe, appearing in Shanghai, the Faroe Islands, and Vivid Sydney, they believe the local community is in for a treat. Joining Studio Toer is Kaylene Whiskey’s colourful world of desert pop art.

Digital Garden audiences can experience the big humour, big characters and big colours of Whiskey’s work on a grand scale. As part of the month-long festival, Koonara Wines will turn up the winter fun with their own Digital Garden Winter Fiesta.

Koonara Wines owner Nicole Reschke said the fiesta would be held in City Hall, allowing guests to see the iconic Cave Gardens in a whole new light. “We are so excited to be able to showcase the Digital Garden in conjunction with everything you have come to love from a Koonara winter pop up,” she said. “It’s going to be a pop up like no other with great live music, our resident DJ on the decks as well as plenty of delicious food and drinks.

“Koonara Wines is promising to give people a great reason to get up off the couch and mingle. “This winter pop up held in conjunction with the Digital Garden will really showcase Mount Gambier at its very best. “We can guarantee a fantastic atmosphere, in a location you’ll be able to soak up the city vibe with friends and family.”

The Winter Fiesta will have warming food, fantastic wine, a live band and DJ, and be held on June 25 and 26. Illuminate runs from 6pm til 10pm until July 4.

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