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For four nights the inner-city greenway will be turned over to sculptures, terracotta urns and handcrafted fire pots, all holding thousands of individual flames.
World-renowned French outdoor artists Compagnie Carabosse turned heads in 2018 when their Fire Gardens installation took over Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
Now Fire Gardens is coming to Brisbane as part of this year’s Brisbane Festival. From September 11 to 14, the 191-year-old City Botanic Gardens will be turned over to sculptures, terracotta urns and handcrafted fire pots, all holding thousands of individual flames. Up to 40,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said in a media statement that there’s something deeply mesmerising about fire.
“Fire Gardens will be an experience truly filled with wonder: pathways illuminated by naked flames flickering in small urns through to gravity-defying pyres in trees and fiery sculptures floating on ponds,” he said.
“Without giving too much away, I will say it also blazes a new path for site-specific Brisbane Festival productions in 2019,” Berthold continued. “Many of our projects will take place outside traditional spaces.”
The Brisbane Festival experience will be designed specifically for the gardens, with Compagnie Carabosse already plotting and mapping out the large-scale installation.
Tickets to Fire Gardens will go on sale on May 29. A pre-sale link will be sent to all Brisbane Festival eNews subscribers on May 27. The Melbourne edition of Fire Gardens sold out six weeks prior to the event, so hit that link if you want to make sure you get your hands on tickets.
Berthold said that people who book early will get the cheapest tickets.
“Tickets are released in batches, starting at the lowest price,” he said. “When each batch sells out, tickets are then sold at the next pricepoint. The sooner you book, the greater the chance you have of securing the cheapest tickets. It’s a bit like booking a flight or a hotel – getting in early is of the essence.”
Ticketholders will be admitted in five waves (spaced 30 minutes apart) from 6pm nightly and can stay as long as they wish to experience the fire sculptures.
Brisbane Festival’s full program will be released in July.