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Spring–Summer 2023

For a full list of concerts for the year, please visit our What's On page.

Spring is such a joyous time to visit UKARIA. Soon the eucalyptus tree above our labyrinth will be covered with vibrant pink blossoms, and blue fairy wrens will return to the rosemary bushes near the Garden Terrace. Our Spring–Summer 2023 digital release features seven new concerts alongside a few previously-announced events for which we still have capacity.

We're delighted to welcome new artists to UKARIA for the very first time: Belgian trumpet virtuoso Jeroen Berwaerts, Austrian-based guitarist Campbell Diamond, Russian virtuoso violinist Ilya Gringolts, and the extraordinary Berlin-based Vision String Quartet will all make their debuts here over the coming months. We're also excited to welcome back several musicians and ensembles with whom we have a deep connection: Diana Doherty, Ensemble Liaison, Konstantin Shamray, Kristian Winther, Aura Go, Meg Washington and Paul Hankinson.

British violinist Anthony Marwood's UKARIA 24 weekend has thus far been our most popular: weekend passes have already sold out, and only a limited number of single tickets remain for selected concerts. Whether you're travelling from interstate or just driving up the hill from Adelaide, we'd love for you to experience some of the journey with us.

In November 2018, the late Archie Roach gave an unforgettable debut at UKARIA with Paul Grabowsky – a concert that will remain forever etched in our memories. A return performance was announced for March 2020 but sadly, it was not to be. In November this year, Emma Donovan, Jess Hitchcock, Lior and Paul Grabowsky pay tribute to Archie's extraordinary legacy in a concert dedicated to the great Gunditjmara and Bundjalung elder.

We look forward to sharing these special encounters of music in nature with you.

Ulrike Klein AO

Alison Beare


Golden wattle, and golden broom,
Silver stars of the rosewood bloom;
Amber sunshine, and smoke-blue shade:
Opal colours that glow and fade;
On the gold of the upland grass
Blue cloud-shadows that swiftly pass;
Wood-smoke blown in an azure mist;
Hills of tenuous amethyst.

– Dorothea Mackella (1885–1968), The Colours of Light (1909)


'Now comes the blossoming. At Beauty's birth
Promise is brought to proud accomplishment,
And all things hymn the glory of the earth
In this great symphony so subtly blent
Of sight and sound and scent,
Weaving with all a note of carefree mirth,
Singing of sudden riches, boundless worth,
Now to be freely spent.

Upon the hills the gum-leaves wink and shine:
The wattle has put off her bridal dress
To droop brown tresses delicately fine;
And every window frames some loveliness
Too potent to express:
Of roses burning by the trellised vine,
Of poppy, clematis and columbine
And flowers born to bless.

Now glowing the day succeeds each dewy night,
And beauty shouts in every living thing.
Across the pool's still face, in frantic flight,
The dragon-flies flash by. Now well a-wing,
The nestlings learn to sing;
And, as the chorus gathers to its height,
All nature joins the paean of delight.
This is the blossoming.'

– C.J. Dennis (1876–1938), The Singing Garden (1935)