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Botanica Live Nights 2022

Hit up pop-up bars and food trucks at the City Botanic Gardens' luminous outdoor art gallery.
By Sarah Ward
May 18, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
May 18, 2022
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When life is operating as normal — or as close as possible to it — the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens gets a vibrant boost once a year. Thanks to outdoor contemporary art exhibition Botanica, the inner city spot comes alive with artworks, talks, installations and microprojections. In 2022, it'll do just that from Friday, May 20, in fact, with the dazzling showcase due to end on Sunday, May 29.

The free event features luminous new outdoor pieces from artists such as Honari, Julie Monro-Allison, Tim Gruchy — and they deliver quite the feast for your eyes. Expect everything from the gardens' plant life to its furniture and buildings to get quite the vibrant makeover, and for the entire place to have quite the glow about it.

If you need any further motivation to drop by and scope it out, Botanica Live Nights wants to tempt you along from 5pm each weekend — so, on from Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22 and again from Friday, May 27–Sunday, May 29. That's when DJs spinning tunes, food trucks serving food and a pop-up bar pouring booze are also part of the program. You can take a guided tour and meet the artists, too. And if you want to bring a picnic to eat while you see the Gardens in a whole new way, feel free.

Museum of our lost world (2021) by Simone Eisler

Top image: Superorganism (2021) by Esem Projects (E/P).

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