Garden delights for another year…

By Lauren Ferrone

With its warm and inviting vintage carnival feel, The Garden of Unearthly Delights is admired by people around the world, but it remains where it all began – in South Australia.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights‘ huge 2017 program is released today (Thursday, December 1), with more than 100 shows across 13 venues, covering live music, circus, visual art, comedy, family, magic, variety, and much more.

Some highlights of the 2017 program include a massive hit production from the acclaimed creative minds behind Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour and festival sensations LIMBO, Fear & Delight, and Cantina: Blanc de Blanc.


As always, The Garden hosts some of the most fun shows to get anybody in the party spirit: ‘One of London’s best nights out’ [Sunday Mirror] returns to rock The Garden for a second year – Massaoke and Jagged Little Singalong lets you belt out all the Alanis Morrisette you never thought you needed, and why do grown ups get all the fun? Kid / Dub is the new family party for all the people who loved Hot Dub Time Machine and now want to let their kids experience the fun.

Every year the family program is bigger and bolder. Favourites return to the 2017 program, including the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Children are Stinky, Peter Combe and Boomstars & Supercats.

Some new faces to delight audiences include Super Amazing Giant Girl in her acclaimed interactive theatre show about fitting in and a whole visual arts installation that been added to engage the little ones called Foals.

Protégée of the illustrious Penn & Teller, physicist turned magician Kevin Quantum makes his Adelaide debut with his show ‘Illuminations’, while Indigenous dance superstars and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala are back with their unique, infectious, high-energy and always exuberant fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling.

Djuki Mala The Chooky Dancers. photo by Sean Young - SYC Studios

Djuki Mala The Chooky Dancers (Photo: Sean Young – SYC Studios)

Like Pitch Perfect with Cahoonas, favourite six-man a cappella group The Magnets is back with a hot new lineup of vocal talent and an audacious aca-adventure through music, and direct from sold out shows in London’s West End, the USA and around Australia, the hilarious Graeme of Thrones sees avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme try to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage.

This year The Garden presents an incredible music lineup, featuring ARIA award-winning Adelaide darling Tasha Coates (The Audreys), Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda, Jo Lawry, Kate Ceberano, Germein Sisters, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, The Black Sorrows, Áine Tyrrell, Ash Grunwald, Ella Hooper, and others.


Germein Sisters

Some of the world’s most hilarious comedy superstars also feature in the huge lineup, including: Abandoman, Adrienne Truscott, Best of the Edinburgh Fest, Butt Kapinski, Cal Wilson, Dave Hughes, Lehmo, Luke McGregor, Merrick Watt, Rove McManus, and many more.

Once again The Garden’s cabaret program bursts with stunning boundary-pushing shows such as Hans, Willsy and Bob Downe: Triple Treat, Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton John and Peter Allen, Exposing Edith, and more.


Exposing Edith

More than 750,000 people visit The Garden every season.

The Garden of Unearthly Delights is from February 16 – March 19 2017. Tickets to all shows on sale tomorrow (Friday, December 2). See full Garden of Unearthly Delights 2017 program here.

Headline image is by Andre Castellucci