French artistic collective Compagnie Carabosse are renowned for their spellbinding illuminations of public sites all over the world, from Stonehenge in England to Moscow's Kremlin Square, from Hue Bridge in Vietnam to Pont du Gard in the south of France. For the last 20 years, Compagnie Carabosse has transformed these extraordinary landscapes into mesmerising wonderlands of firelight, kinetic sculptures and live music. Their show at the 2018 Melbourne Festival sold out weeks prior and attracted over 30,000 visitors with a waiting list almost as long. Now it's Adelaide's turn.
Over four magical nights the city's Botanic Garden, already a charmed space once the sun has set, will become a dreamspace of mystery and revelation fashioned from thousands of individual flames.
Carabosse paint with the palette of fire – its colour, warmth, sound and scent; the stuff of our dreams and rituals for millennia. Their luminary alchemists create site-specific sculptured landscapes from nearly 7000 handcrafted giant candles. Strolling through them is a feast for the senses: mammoth spheres of leaping flames, sculptures that flicker and dance, fiery urns that cause shadows to play and a soundtrack every bit as brilliant as the garden itself. Making your way through this dense and wondrous garden is both a personal journey full of surprises and a shared experience of elemental forces in full effect.
Come and wander the Adelaide Botanic Garden in the firelight this March.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fire Gardens delivers a primal experience, a respectful celebration of the beauty and power of the elements: there is fire of course, but also air and water. It’s a truly beautiful sight to behold this holy trinity.
Event additional information
Presented by Adelaide Festival and Arts Projects Australia in association with Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.
Please note Plane Tree Drive, Hackney Road and Frome Road gates are not in use for this event.
You can purchase a ticket for entry at 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 9.00pm or 9.30pm across the dates (12 – 15 March 2020).
The event is designed to be experienced at your own pace, and we recommend allowing 60 minutes to enjoy the display.
During the day, the Adelaide Botanic Garden will be accessible as usual.
Fire Gardens is suitable for all ages. Children 2 years and under are admitted free of charge with a paying adult
Please allow 60 minutes to enjoy the full Fire Gardens experience!
Can I bring alcohol?
BYO alcohol is not permitted in accordance with Adelaide Botanic Garden regulations.
Safety of our patrons and staff is the highest priority when planning our Festival - in particular we take fire safety very seriously. Fire Gardens is a highly controlled event happening in consultation with the emergency services. Every precaution is being taken and our onsite safety officers will be at each performance in our beautiful Botanic Garden.
As in all large Adelaide Festival events, qualifies first-aid personnel will also be onsite.
This event will go ahead rain or shine. In the case of extreme weather which would pose a risk to patron safety, patrons will be contacted and advised of next steps. Patrons are reminded to give full contact details at the time of booking.
Fire Gardens is an outdoor event, so please wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for conditions and travel light (no cloaking facilities on site).
In accordance with Adelaide Botanic Garden, please note that animals, chairs, eskies, BYO alcohol, DSLR cameras video equipment, tripods and drones are prohibited.
Bag checks will be conducted prior to entry.
Take as many photos as you want with your phone, and don't forget to tag us when you post them. However, please note that DSLR cameras video equipment, tripods and drones will not be admitted in the Garden.
Toilets are located on-site at Adelaide Botanic Garden.
Adelaide Botanic Garden is easy to navigate with paved and bitumen paths. There are some areas that are not accessible via wheelchair (approximately 30% of the site), however even in these areas most of the installation can still be seen from a distance on the paved and bitumen paths. Volunteers will be stationed along these routes to assist patrons with any questions.
Please note this is a promenade style event and patrons are will need to keep moving around the various fire exhibitions.
BYO chairs are not permitted.
Where possible, please use public transport to access Fire Gardens. For tram, bus and train information services please visit Adelaide Metro
If you have selected Print-at-home tickets, please ensure your ticket is pre-printed, with the barcode clearly visible, to expedite the entry process.
The Fire Gardens box office will be located at the entry for ticketing enquiries.
If you purchase a ticket that has been resold through sites including but not limited to: Ticketmaster resale, Viagogo, eBay, Gumtree, Queen of Tickets, your ticket may be fraudulent and you will not be admitted entry into the event.
All ticket sales are final. Tickets are sold in accordance with BASS terms and conditions of sale. For further information please click here