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Digital Garden lights up Cave Garden this winter

Digital Garden lights up Cave Garden this winter
10 June 2021

Mayor Lynette Martin and South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex opened the Digital Garden at the Cave Garden this week.
Mayor Martin and Rodney Harrex - Digital Garden
Mayor Lynette Martin and South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex opened the Digital Garden at the Cave Garden this week.

The Cave Garden will come to life in the evenings this winter with City of Mount Gambier coordinating a program of events to complement the South Australian Tourism Commission’s installation - Digital Garden by Illuminate Adelaide.

Officially opened by South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex and Mayor Lynette Martin this week, the Digital Garden installation runs from 6:00pm to 10:00pm each evening until Sunday 4 July 2021.

The Cave Garden spectacle is the first in the state and incorporates a series of works from renowned international companies, including neon characters, flowers, and imagery, a field of moving fireflies and an interactive light archway and projections.

Digital Garden will transform our iconic Cave Garden into a wonderland of light and creativity as we celebrate winter, and I thank Rodney and the SATC for shining a light on Mount Gambier.- Mayor Martin

“We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively as we promote tourism and visitation to our wonderful city and region which has so much to offer.”

Woodwork by local artists Tom and John will be available for sale at the Winter Solstice Market on Saturday 19 June 2021.
Tom and John woodwork
Woodwork by local artists Tom and John will be available for sale at the Winter Solstice Market on Saturday 19 June 2021.

The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre and Mount Gambier Library will host the Winter Solstice Artisan Market on Saturday 19 June from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

City Hall will provide shelter from the elements while offering locals and visitors the opportunity to peruse the goods of 20 local artists and makers, while the Library verandah will come to life with buskers and youth markets showcasing the talents of the next generation of local musicians.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from our artist community, to the point of filling our stalls and having to create a wait list,” Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Programming Officer Emma Telford said.

The market will feature works by a variety of talented locals including renowned photographer Ockert le Roux, designer and artist Julia Reader, opal miner and jeweller Opal Quest, potters, wood workers, macramé makers, string artists and jewellers and more.

“Entry to the market is free so come along and support our homegrown artists who are all very excited for the event having had limited opportunities over the last year to showcase their works due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Ms Telford said.

Food and drink be available throughout the evening to keep patrons warm, including Atomic Food, Southern Hotdogs and crowd-favourite Scroll Queen.

“There will be plenty to keep you warm and entertained throughout this winter evening as we look forward to the arrival of longer days following the winter solstice.”

Food trucks will be on hand during weekends and the Bookmark Café will extend trading hours into the evening from Thursday to Saturday offering soup and other warm eats throughout the Digital Garden installation period.

On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June 2021, Koonara Wines will continue the festivities with a food and wine fiesta at City Hall. Tickets are available for purchase online.

Find out more at www.illuminateadelaide.com/events/digital-garden

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Ashlea Watson on 8721 2577 or awatson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

Mayor Martin admires the field of moving fireflies as part of the Digital Garden installation.
Mayor Martin - Digital Garden Firefly Field
Mayor Martin admires the field of moving fireflies as part of the Digital Garden installation.