Munaintyanangku, tunturri. (Always was, always will be)

Illuminate Adelaiderlu Kaurna Miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku tampinthi (Illuminate Adelaide acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains)

Yaintya yartangka ngadlu tikanthi, kuma tirkanthi, kuma warpulayinthi. (These are the lands we live, learn and work on)

Ngadlurlu Purkarna pukinangku, yalarra, kuma tarrkarritya tampinthi. (We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging)

Translation provided, with thanks, by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi

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Airship Orchestra
Past Event

Airship Orchestra


16 July to 1 August

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Thu 16 July - Sun 01 August

Daily 10am - 11pm


South Australian Museum (Front Lawn), North Terrace


Wheelchair accessible


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City Lights is switching back on from Thursday 29 July until Sunday 01 August.

We strongly encourage you to wear a mask to this event. Please consider our environment and come prepared with your own mask.

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Beamed into Adelaide from some unknown corner of the cosmos, the gentle giants of Airship Orchestra come in peace to share a song of spaced-out serenity.

Evoking the wonder of Hayao Miyazaki, these larger-than-life inflatable figures invite visitors of all ages to become immersed in their world of sound and light. With a musical score and light show that unfolds across your visit, the installation blends choral voices and otherworldly sounds to create an evolving soundscape as you become acquainted with each of the orchestra’s 16 unique characters.

As our lives on Earth grow ever louder and more chaotic, Airship Orchestra is here to coax us beyond our own experience and share in a more blissful, playful reality. You might get the feeling of being watched as tiny LED eyes follow you through the installation, but don’t be frightened – they’re just as curious about us as we are about them.

Created by Melbourne studio ENESS, Illuminate Adelaide will be Airship Orchestra’s next Australian encounter after visits to Washington, DC and Xintiandi, Shanghai.

Presented as part of City Lights, located in the North Precinct

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About City Lights

To help you navigate our free program, we've created City Lights: a night-time trail of light featuring over 40 free installations, projections and immersive experiences. City Lights encompasses three individual precincts within the Adelaide CBD: NorthWest and East. Choose one, two or all three precincts to explore.