July 2022

Your guide to the must-see events of Illuminate Adelaide

Back for its second year, Illuminate Adelaide is a month-long showcase of light and sound from local and international artists.

Illuminate Adelaide is back for its second year, bringing a number of local and international artists in the music, light and art realm to Adelaide.
For the month of July, the city streets will be transformed into a wonderland of sound and light with a series of events programmed by boundary-pushing local and international artists who will reimagine laneways, street fronts and open spaces across the city.


1st July – 31st

Nestled at Victoria Square, Base Camp is your Illuminate Adelaide winter village with a twist. Illuminate’s newest FREE pop-up attraction, Base Camp, is co-presented by the team behind Gluttony and Lucky Dumpling Market and will serve as the base between all of the Illuminate activations. And yes, there will be an ice skating rink. Read more here.

Electric Playground

1st July – 31st

As part of the Base Camp arena, Electric Playground is a landmark audio-visual display humming to the cycles of our solar system. Featuring a dedicated soundtrack by renowned Adelaide music producer, Motez, you will be left in awe from the vivid visuals and sounds.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Light Cycles

7th July – 31st July

Back by popular demand, Light Cycles is returning to Adelaide Botanic Garden transforming the lush greenery into an after-dark immersive experience. Wander through the tree-lined avenue to a spectacle of story and song with lights, lasers and projection. Last year was a total sellout so make sure you get in quick!

Tickets are $40pp and can be purchased here.

Light Creatures

7th July – 31st July

Get up close and personal with the zoo’s furry and feathery friends during a nocturnal adventure for the whole family while you experience lanterns, interactive performances and a larger-than-life glowing tiger!

Tickets start from $26 and can be purchased here.

City Lights

15th July – 31st July

This free city-wide activation is a series of immersive installations, artworks and large-scale activations that will turn our city’s streetscapes into a night-time playground of colour and sound.

Meander through the city at your own leisure and experience the sights and sounds in the laneways, street fronts and open spaces. Hot tip: Keep an eye out for the giant seesaws in Festival Plaza!
Find out more here.


28th July @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Virtual UK band, The Gorillaz, will be playing a one-night only show as part of Illuminate, bringing their hip-hop/rock/dance sounds along with a 20 piece ensemble to perform a mix or both new and old tracks.

Tickets are selling fast and start from $110. Get yours here.

Ouchhh Studio – Wisdom of AI Light

13th July – 31st July

This multi-sensory experience takes you on a journey from the Renaissance masterpieces to the mysteries of the universe. Using ground-breaking technologies of artificial intelligence, Ouchh Studio have collaborated with NASA and CERN to present an immersive experience!

Sessions are 45 minutes with tickets starting from $29. Find out more here!

Unsound Adelaide

22nd July – 23rd July @ Dom Polski Centre

An international celebration of cutting-edge experimental and electronic music is returning over two nights. Friday invites you to an ear-opening program of the latest experiments in music from electronic and club to rap and avant-pop.  Saturday night is a showcase of thrilling club and pop artists with a mind-blowing audiovisual show seeing the performers transform into avatars.

Selling quickly so don’t delay! Tickets start from $50. Purchase here.

Live @ The Lab

July 8th – 31st July (weekends only)

Fostering collaboration with visual storytellers and a live lineup of musicians and DJs from different disciplines, each weekend will be a testament to talent, artistry, and above all, good times.

For a full lineup of artists and tickets, click here.


For those of us not in metro Adelaide, there are also a number of events happening across our regional towns.

Digital Garden – Mount Gambier

5th August – 21st August

Digital Garden reimagines the cultural centre of Mount Gambier with captivating installations, projections and interactive lighting. Transforming Cave Garden/Thugi with a series of experiences from renowned local and international artists, Digital Garden will light up winter in the South East of the state.

For more info, click here.

Harbor Lights – Victor Harbor

26th August – 11th September

Harbor Lights will transform Victor Harbor across two weeks with a collection of immersive installations, lighting and mind-blowing projections. Rug up, hit the pavement and follow the light as Illuminate Adelaide takes over the Victor Harbor foreshore. 

Find out more here.

In Depth – Renmark

June 3rd – 2nd July

InDepth is a large-scale multimedia event responsive to the Murray River, its history and the community of Renmark. Projection, sound and lighting transform the river and banks after dark as the local habitat is transformed to celebrate one of the river’s oldest residents.

Read more here.

For the full Illuminate Adelaide program, visit the website and follow along on Facebook.

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