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Fringe Night Illuminations 2019: Yabarra - Gathering of Light

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Stories of the Dreamtime illuminated in the night sky
Every summer the Adelaide Fringe Festival puts on a spectacular night illuminations exhibition. The display always manages to dazzle and impress us with the clever use of light and images projected onto buildings, trees and screens. The show is sometimes amusing and often brings evocative images and music. This year's display, designed by those talented art projectionists at Illuminart, with co-designs and consultation with aboriginal group Yellaka, is sure to wow us again.

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This projection from last year 2018, created from air smoke and coloured projections was mesmerising. Image by Kat May

This year they have moved the location of this night event, as North Terrace is busy with pedestrians and for the first Fringe we have the new Botanic tram. For 2019, the exhibit called Yabarra- Gathering Of Light will be along the banks of the River Torrens. Karrawirra Point is directly behind the University grounds. There are laneways and steps beside the Art Gallery to get down to the river. For wheelchairs and strollers, it would be best to walk down Kintore Avenue beside the huge war memorial with the angel. The illuminated displays are on both sides of the river. Parents, please watch your children at all times by the water. Strollers have gone in here while on the phone.

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A traditional Kaurna image used by Illuminart at a previous Fringe. Image by Kat May

The ensure the safety of viewers, the organisers will direct walkers to view the display via Frome Road and along War Memorial Drive, north of the bridge on King William St. It will be very busy, so if you want a better viewing opportunity go on a weeknight. It will be on for one month during Fringe.

Yabarra will be illuminated from 8.30 to midnight every night of the Fringe. Let's hope our new battery can handle all the power usage. Weeknights will not be as busy.

Yabarra - Gathering of Light is a story based on the Kaurna people and the land along the Tarndaparri (The Torrens). Some of the artworks invite you to stop, look and listen. At Kauwemela, be mesmerised by the combination of light and water in a story of fishing in the river many years ago. Each illumination is different. Be sure to walk along both sides of the river to see them all. Once the exhibit has opened, I will upload some more images.

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The Illuminart team has a photo with members from the Paitya dance group in 2016. Image from

To get the most out of your Yabarra Illuminations experience download the app here before you go and take your earphones. Wherever you see a small sign with the oodl app logo, open your app to hear stories of the people who lived here many years ago before white settlement. Available on Google Play store. Seeing the images whilst hearing the Dreaming Light stories will be an engaging and educational experience.

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Take your loved one for a stroll by the river and see something beautiful. Image by Kat May.

After you have seen the lights, do go and see a Fringe show. It is only with ticket sales that the Adelaide Fringe Festival can put on a huge free display like this for all to enjoy. Thankyou Fringe.
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Why? For an entertaining night out and it's free
When: Every night 8.30-12am during Fringe, February 15th - March 17th
Where: River Torrens along Victoria Drive, section between King William Rd and KIntore Avenue
Cost: Free
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We saw these last year at the parade of light. They are worth seeing!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1553) 286 days ago
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