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I'm up for dinner in the Conservatory
Image From 'Beyond the Garden Gate' by Jenny Berends
August is the 'mad March' of the year for the art community in South Australia as the SALA Festival comes to town. It's a state wide inclusive festival of art, with hundreds of art exhibitions held through the month to showcase our talented local artists.
The South Australian Living Artists Festival is not just for art lovers though, and SALA in the Garden at the Botanic Gardens is the perfect example of this. SALA in the Garden brings us eight separate fun things to do in the Botanic Gardens which are mostly free and will have widespread appeal.
A photo competition, a unique cinema experience, themed walks, and a delightful dinner under the full moon are just a few of the special events planned for your SALA pleasure in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Let's take a closer look at the programme highlights for SALA in the Garden.
Young people aged 5-18 are invited to join in the free fun for kids and take a photo for the Plants to Pixels: Exposing Photosynthesis exhibition, with photos being displayed in the Bicentennial Conservatory during the SALA Festival. Don't worry if you're not an ace shutterbug as school groups can take advantage of three free workshops to gain photography and editing skills.
Inside the Bicentennial Conservatory at Adelaide Botanic Gardens
ATLAS - an Immersive Art Experience Described by the organisers as "an immersive cinema soundscape experience created by six artists – Aida Azin, Abby Howlett, Henry Walker, Naomi Keyte, Liam Somerville, Felicity Arts and Future Memory – within a planetary dome", ATLAS is one of the free things to do at SALA in the Garden. It's being held in the Bicentennial Conservatory between July 31 and August 2 only, and will be one of the free events on my to-do list.
The SALA Festival Comes to the Bicentennial Conservatory
Nebula Deluxe Nebula Deluxe is one of the few fun things to do for SALA in the garden that is not free, but promises to be absolutely fabulous fun for foodies. Set in the wonderful wilderness of the tropical rainforest in the iconic Bicentennial Conservatory, Nebula Deluxe will be a memorable experience.
For a modest $80 outlay a lucky 120 people will enjoy a grazing dinner, cocktails from Pink Moon Saloon, fine wine, and wild new works of theatre, dance and cinema curated and created by The Mill and The Happy Motel. Guests will also get to see ATLAS (see above). Dubbed as the first annual Bicentennial Conservatory Expo, this intriguing experience takes place on July 31 and August 1 and will undoubtedly attract a great deal of interest. More details and bookings here.
Garden Vanities by Nicola Semmens is a collection of paintings that transports the viewer to take a visual and imagined adventure through beauty, whimsy and decay. (Diggers Garden Shop).
Splendour of Abundance by Julia Townsend celebrates the abundance of beauty within botanical subjects, and the importance of preserving that grace and harmony. (North Lodge).
Guided Walks Celebrating Botanical Art The last of the fun things to do for SALA in the Garden are guided walks, exploring the role of plants in artworks around the world. Hosted by the Friends of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, you will see the plant in the Garden, appreciate the picture and learn about the artist. (Meet at Visitor Information Centre, Schomburgk Pavilion. Gold coin donation. Sundays in August at 11am).
Image From Splendour of Abundance by Julia Townsend
I just love how creatively the worlds of plant life and art have so creatively been blended in these fun things to do during the SALA Festival. There's no need to get cooped up in a stuffy art gallery when you can be experiencing the splendour of nature's beauty in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens.