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Friday 5 July to Sunday 21 July 2024
5:30 to 10:30pm
Forecourt, North Tce (Front of the Spence Wing)
Free, no booking required
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Illuminate Adelaide

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Illuminate Adelaide:
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City Lights, part of Illuminate Adelaide, is one of Adelaide’s most-loved events, drawing millions of people out of their wintertime hibernation and onto the streets of Adelaide.

Back this July, City Lights presents works by local and international artists from across the world at Adelaide's iconic institutions and secret hideaways. See a brand-new, free program filled with interactive surprises, thought-provoking installations, and breathtaking projections from the world’s leading creative studios.

Running for seventeen nights City Lights invites everyone to take part, consider, and let their sense of adventure guide the way.

We are excited to again be part of Illuminate Adelaide's City Lights. Stop by the State Library and experience: 


...please have a seat!

by lichtbankobjekte by M+V • Germany
This is one installation you can fully enjoy. Placed at different City Lights locations, ...please have a seat on a light bench, straight from light art studio lichtbankobjekte by M+V in Heinsberg, Germany. Join fellow City Lights travellers on a bench and positively glow at the world around you.


Ngarrindjeri Ruwi​

by Tjarutja Dance Theatre Collective • Australia
The story of Kondili, the whale who is the keeper of the spark of fire, Ngarrindjeri Ruwi is a tale that stretches from the Murray River to the sea. Created by Tjarutja Dance Theatre Collective, this unique dance and visual art work uses moving imagery and AI-generated filters to showcase the ancestral bond of dance artists Melanie Koolmatrie and Kenneth Johnson to their land.


Spectrum of Happiness

by 27June Studio • Thailand
Swing into winter with Spectrum of Happiness, an inclusive experience from Bangkok-based 27June Studio that creates a shared moment of lightness for people from all walks of life. With each swing tuned to its own colour, light, and musical sound, each unique swing moves together to create a perfect tune – a nod to how diversity in many forms brings brightness to all our lives.


How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by, near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid (metered) street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available on the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open you can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.

Find out more about the cafe and resident organisations at the State Library.


Illuminate Adelaide - City Lights

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