Thousands Of Fire Sculptures Will Be Lighting Up Brisbane Botanic Gardens

By James Shackell - 20 May 2019


You probably saw this all over Melbourne feeds last year, but now—we’re happy to say—it’s Brisbane’s turn.

Yep, the famous Fire Gardens will be lighting up The Brisbane Botanic Gardens during the Brisbane Festival. Set your marshmallows for 11 – 14 September 2019.

The full Brisbane Festival program won’t be dropping till July, but they have announced this: French artists Compagnie Carabosse will be bringing their world famous fire show. We're pretty excited. 

Here’s what we know so far. For the last 20 years, these guys have toured the world, building enormous flame installations and raging bonfire displays. They’ve done Stonehenge, The Kremlin, a bridge in Vietnam and a former prison in Morocco. Last year they burned Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens and the city pretty much lost its mind. This year, we’re in the firing line.

There’s gonna be 30 giant fire palettes, holding 6720 fire pots, and 600 different ‘fire bulbs’ will be hung from trees throughout the gardens. There’s gonna be a flaming ‘charcoal river’ snaking for 120metres, and the guys expect to get through a whopping 14,000kg of charcoal over the four-night show.


A few safety bits and bobs. We’ve been told The Botanic Gardens staff have taken every precaution to make sure the flames don’t, you know, consume the entire gardens. Extra watering, fire blankets and extinguishers will be on standby, and festival authorities are working closely with gardeners to make sure the whole thing burns without a hitch. Compagnie Carabosse have been doing this for 20 years, so they know what they’re about.

The festival organisers are expecting around 40,000 people to rock up, so you’re definitely going to have to book well in advance. Tickets go on sale from Monday 27 May. Prices are starting at $25 and moving to $33 as more tickets get booked. Each pass lets you enter up to five times on a given night.

This will probably be the show everybody is talking about till next February, so book early. Don't be the guy that rocks up on opening night, hoping for general admission. 

The Details

What: Fire Gardens
Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
When: 11 – 14 September (pre-sale tickets go on sale 27 May)
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: Brisbane Festival 

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