It was a wild ride, and we loved every moment of it! It has been announced that an estimated 145,000 people enjoyed Alpine Winter Village along the Adelaide Riverbank this winter, a testament to how Adelaide was simply just crying out for a destination to enjoy the colder months. Never mind the weather.
A partnership between the Government of South Australia, through the Riverbank Authority, and The Social Creative – definitely brought the best of the winter season from around the world. It was designed to encourage people to get outdoors and into a space outside of the CBD throughout the winter months. You’d have to say that was certainly achieved.
Thousands of people headed down to the Adelaide Riverbank each day to soak up the minimal sun, ice-skating, live music, and an ever-changing lineup of creative Christmas themed market stalls. There were also bonfires, family friendly entertainment, warm and hearty food, and the Apres Ski Lodge bar for the adults which must have gone through gallons of mulled wine and eggnog.
It seems this won’t be the last time we see the Alpine Winter Village, but whether it will remain in the Torrens Parade Grounds upon it’s return remains to be seen. The whole district in front of the Torrens is progressively evolving as the South Australian Government works with locals to re-imagine and re-invent the area and the opportunities it provides. Riverbank Authority chair Andrew McEvoy has already stated that “Alpine Winter Village is also a way to get people thinking about ideas for similar events that could be held on the redeveloped Festival Plaza when it’s completed.”
We hear that development should commence shortly. But this is a moment to pay tribute to what’s just passed. A sincere hats off to the entire crew who constructed and operated Alpine Winter Village so well over that last month. Considering the limited time constraints in creating the space, the idea was certainly executed with aplomb, creating a wonderful family friendly atmosphere and opportunities for local creatives. We can’t wait to see the evolution for next season!