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A stroll in the dark with images to delight
I was at an event this past summer and as it was all packing up for the day at 5pm, I remarked to my friend that considering this is Australia, that it is summer and we have daylight savings, you would think we would have more events that are outdoors and go into the evening. This was interstate, but we know how to do festivals here in Adelaide, and we make good use of our fine summer nights. So the universe was listening, and my wish has been granted.
A purple visual art piece will light the night sky. Image from www.adelaide festival.com 2015
We will be treated with an absolutely amazing feast for the eyes with the Adelaide Festival's free gift event to us all - 'Blinc' which brings visual art to us in a very unusual way.
All of my requests are here- it's outdoors, it's after dark, and at the very edge of summer and into the Indian summer of Autumn we experience here in Adelaide, so this event fits the bill. It is also an event which will require us to walk around from one exhibit to the next, so this will appeal to all who don't like sitting for too long, and would enjoy a stroll about on a balmy evening after a warm day.
You won't have time to blink at 'Blinc', as there will be so much to astound and delight - your eyes and ears will be wide open looking into, up and all around. Some of the exhibits will be by laser lights, projection and digital artwork by local and international artists. Adelaide artists include Ray Harris, Nasim Nasr, and Madison Bycroft.
This event is held at night and you will need a map to inform you of where to walk around the city and parks to find each exhibit which will be displayed not in a gallery, but on our building walls and even large trees, and on paved areas. Some exhibits will include sound and light show together.
A pre-show dinner sounds divine, and is being offered by Jolley's Boathouse Restaurant by the banks of the Torrens River, during the Adelaide Festival, which is in close proximity to the locations of the 'Blinc' exhibits. A two course meal with a glass of wine is $49.50 and available Monday to Saturday, which is a bargain really when you consider this is a quality restaurant, and your evening's entertainment will be free. This offer is only for this event at the times of 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Bookings are essential by phoning 8223 2891 or online here.
During 'Blinc' the 'Blinc Bar' - that's a double blink, will be set up in Elder park, which is in the middle of your event walk around. Enjoy a pre-show drink and quick food or relax after all that walking. The bar will be open late, so stop by and mingle, sit and look at each others photos and enjoy. Here you can pick up your maps at the information booth.
My tips are to wear comfy shoes, and bring a jacket or shawl as it can get a bit breezy in the city in the evening down by the river. Is it an exhibition? Is it an extravaganza? What it will be is something not seen on this scale in Adelaide before, with the latest in digital artworks bythe best international artists in this field.
Laser lights will be seen all over the riverbank precinct when Blinc is switched on at night. Image form www.adelaidefestival.com 2015
The event is disabled friendly and suitable for wheelchairs. An audio tour is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and leaves at 8.30pm from the information booth in Elder Park. See ACCESS on the festival website for details for the hearing impaired.
Blinc' digital sound and light show is presented by the Adelaide Festival as a free event for us all to enjoy.
The event will be switched on at Adelaide Festival opening night festivities in Elder Park from 9pm on Friday night, the 27th February. However this will be a night with large crowds as other events are also on. I think I will choose a quieter weeknight to stroll and gaze in awe. If you enjoy the visual arts, you cannot miss this one. This will be my best pick for this summers events I'm sure.
I took the family last night and it was truly spectacular. I am returning tonight to take more photos. Each artwork takes about 5 mins to cycle through so don't think you have seen it all by walking past. The kids liked the elephant the best of all.