What is Illuminate Adelaide?

    Illuminate Adelaide launched in July 2021 as an annual, two-week event that lights up the City’s streets, laneways and architecture with a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists and companies. 

    This new exhibition, proposed for Rundle Road, is an Australian exclusive. Presented in a purpose-built pavilion, the project follows on from the success of Van Gough Alive, which was presented at 88 O’Connell Street in 2021.

    The new exhibition will open to the public from Saturday 16 July 2022 – Sunday 28 August 2022 with tickets sold in session times. 

    The Van Gogh Alive exhibition in North Adelaide attracted 150,000 people across the season in 2021. It is estimated that this new exhibition will see in excess of 130,000 attendances across the season and drive significant economic benefit to the precinct and the City.

    The exhibition will act as an extension to the Illuminate Adelaide City Lights program already planned for the Rundle Street and North Terrace precincts. In 2021 approximately 300,000 people attended the City Lights program in the City.  

    Given its nature as an art exhibition and that it is proposed to be staged inside a pavilion, any noise impact on the surrounding area is expected to be minimised. An event and noise management plan will be created by Illuminate Adelaide for Council's approval. 

    How will this impact vehicle and pedestrian access along Rundle Road?

    During the closure period, vehicles will not be able to use Rundle Road for travelling to and from the city. 

    Pedestrian access will be maintained along the northern footpath where possible, however within the event area they will be diverted to the Southern footpath along Rundle Road. The bike lane along the Northern section of Rundle Road will be closed over the duration, with detours in place on the southern side of the road.

    Would the East End remain accessible during the Rundle Road closure?

    Yes, while a portion of Rundle Road, between East Terrace and Dequetteville Terrace, will be closed, detours will be in place and East Terrace will remain unaffected. Event organisers will ensure pedestrian access along Rundle Road will be maintained.

    Will there be impacts to traffic volumes in the East End?

    The City of Adelaide will work with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport Traffic Management Centre as required, to ensure traffic impacts are minimised.