Violet Verses 2015 | Torrens Parade Ground | 2-4 July 2015


Violet Verses 2015 @ Torrens Parade Ground 2-4 July 2015

Step back 100 years ago to find out what life was like on the streets of Adelaide during the First World War, discover who the Cheer Up Society were and why violets are significant to SA in a spectacular 90 minute son et lumier on the Torrens Parade Ground Barracks, that runs twice nightly on the Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th July 2015.

Bring your chair and thermos, dress warmly and enjoy the outdoor midwinter experience of a narrative projection onto the Barracks.

The event is free, ideal for all ages and interests.

The show will play at 6pm and 7:30pm each night. Food vendors will be on site on Friday and Saturday. As it is an all weather event, it will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather conditions so come prepared, bring your raincoat or umbrella.


About Violet Verses 2015

The story commemorates the women and volunteers who established the Cheer Up Society and other volunteer organisations. They not only provided support to men on the front, but also provided ongoing support to wounded and shellshocked men, and to bereaved mothers and families. The Cheer Up Society raised funds to build a soldiers’ clubhouse by selling violets around South Australia on the 2nd August 1915, including one bunch that sold at auction in Burra for 384 Pounds. The Cheer Up Society predated the RSL and was a uniquely South Australian response to the war involving primarily women; and the Violet Day fundraiser they established continued for nearly 60 years. This spectacular project will illuminate and and transfigure the architecture of the Torrens Parade Ground building over three nights, coinciding with the centenary of the first Violet Day.

This project has involved collaboration with artists from Albany WA during the making of The Departure (presented ANZAC 2015) and has been supported by Arts SA, History SA, Channel Nine and Mosaic AV. Presented by History SA and Illuminart.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Illuminart website.

What:  Violet Verses 2015

When:   2-4 July 2015 | 6pm and 7.30pm

Where:  Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide

Who:  All Ages

Image Credit: Illuminart website & History SA.


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