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Floods of Fire

Floods of Fire is a declaration of love to the people of South Australia. This is your invitation to come out for a jam-packed family friendly weekend on the closing days of Adelaide Festival to hear music, poetry and stories from your community in response to climate change.

Sat 16 March – FREE
Sun 17 March – TICKETED

Join us on Saturday 16 March for a free day of pop-up performances at University of Adelaide campus, including a mass music gathering to hear the Citizens’ Orchestra perform. Closing off the mini-festival is Our Celebration with Electric Fields and the ASO at Festival Theatre, Sunday 17 March.

1 – Our Voices, Our Dreams

Sat 16 March from 2pm
University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
FREE EVENT

For one afternoon, Floods of Fire will take over the University of
Adelaide North Terrace campus and surrounding parklands. Wander through the campus as citizens, communities, cultural leaders, artists, scientists, researchers and activists present pop-up performances in response to climate change.

2 – Our Citizens’ Orchestra

Sat 16 March from 7pm
University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus
FREE EVENT

After months of collaboration between professional musicians, ASO players, beginners, and everyone in between, the Citizens’ Orchestra will bring the Maths Lawn to life with music created by and for the community.

This is a mass music gathering not to be missed! Come along and hear the magic of Citizens’ Orchestra.

3 – Our Celebration with Electric Fields & the ASO

Sun 17 March from 7.30pm
Festival Theatre
TICKETED EVENT

See the newly created Floods of Fire Symphony performed live for one night only at the stunning finale concert of the Adelaide Festival! Award-winning electronic music duo Electric Fields will also join the ASO in a program featuring new music created for Floods of Fire. This is your chance to see favourite tracks and new music by Electric Fields on the Festival Theatre stage, amplified by the full might of the ASO.


About Floods of Fire

Watch the short film to learn more about Floods of Fire and its collaborators.

A film by Randy Larcombe

Artistic Director

Airan Berg (pictured) is an internationally working theatre maker and artistic director, who specialises in large scale participatory and inclusive projects.

He is currently the artistic director of: Festival der Regionen, one of Austria’s most prestigious festivals, Orfeo & Majnun a Creative Europe music theatre project in 7 European Countries, and Floods of Fire, commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The History

Floods of Fire celebrates the creativity and stories of the people living in South Australia and finds our collective voice to confront one of the most significant challenges we all face today: climate change. It marks one of the largest collaborations in South Australia’s history between citizens, artists, scientists, communities and partner organisations.

Since 2021, ASO has worked with a number of partners and community groups through workshops and rehearsals to create music with the ASO. Music from Floods of Fire was performed as part of Festival of Orchestra, and was part of the opening night of the Adelaide Festival in 2023.

Conceived and directed by Airan BergFloods of Fire is led by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, presented in collaboration with Adelaide Festival, The University of Adelaide in celebration of their 150th anniversary, and over 100 South Australian partner organisations.

In 2024, Floods of Fire will be presented in three chapters during the closing of the Adelaide Festival.


The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra acknowledges that the land we make music on is the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. We pay respect to Elders past and present and recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that this is of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

Led by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, presented in collaboration with Adelaide Festival, The University of Adelaide, and over 100 South Australian partner organisations.

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