Illuminate Adelaide unveils massive 2023 lineup

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Illuminate Adelaide unveils massive 2023 lineup

Illuminate Adelaide

The month-long event is a rising star of Australia's winter festival circuit.

From June 28 to July 30, the South Australian city will come alight with a vibrant celebration of art, music and technology.

Illuminate Adelaide is coming in hot with its third year of programming and has announced a meticulously crafted lineup of performers, experiences and installations to help us party people shake those winter blues.

Illuminate Adelaide 2023

  • Running from June 28 to July 30, the massive festival will transform Adelaide’s chilly season with light and sound
  • The program features free and ticketed events including experimental music performances, immersive multimedia installations, public art displays, dance and so much more
  • Tickets are on sale now

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To start, the music: the impressive roster is centered on the cutting-edge. Catch performances by underground legend Oneohtrix Point Never, ARIA Award winners Yothu Yindi, UK-based electronic artist Tourist, and DOBBY, whose unique style of drumming and rapping (“drapping”) has gained him much attention in recent years.

Tahlia Petrosian’s internationally renowned concert series KLASSIK Underground will also make a return, offering two Australian-exclusive experiences: Reverberating Rhythms and Shifting Sounds. The contemporary classical music performances will be elevated with live visuals made by some of Australia’s most exciting digital artists.

Illuminate has also joined forces with Krakow’s cult-favourite Unsound Festival to shed some light on genre-bending experimental and electronic music. Unsound Adelaide will run from July 14 and 15 and is promising a stacked lineup featuring international imports bbymutha, Space Afrika, Kode9, Sofie Birch and Antonia Nowacka. 

The city will also play host to dozens of other free and ticketed events, including two huge art installations by the multimedia company Moment Factory. After selling out last year’s Light Cycles shows, the festival has decided to expand.

Resonate, taking place in Adelaide’s Botanical Gardens, will be a 1.7km evening walk featuring six glowing immersive pieces. In Victoria Square, Mirror Mirror takes visitors on a dreamlike journey through surreal interactive works. Arborailis, created by Architechs of Air, will be yet another immersive experience: a blow-up bubble maze inspired by nature’s great forests.

To top it off, Illuminate Adelaide will also be installing 40 free public artworks across the city, running a nighttime experience at the zoo, showcasing augmented reality and so much more.

To check out the full Illuminate Adelaide program and get your hands on tickets, head here