Carabosse – Fire Garden

Auckland Domain, Auckland

04/03/2016 - 06/03/2016

Auckland Arts Festival 2016

Production Details

“incredibly beautiful” – The Guardian, UK

In a nutshell:
Architecture of flames and sound / Wend your way through a fiery Zen garden / Set your imagination on fire

Stonehenge for London’s Cultural Olympiad, the gates of the Kremlin, the banks of the River Thames and the Hue Bridge have all been awash in renowned French fire-artists Carabosse’s golden glow. This summer, it’s Auckland Domain’s turn.

Using flaming flower-pots and cool cast-iron contraptions, Carabosse, with music resonating throughout the night, transform familiar spaces into otherworldly fire-gardens. Roam through blazing landscapes, pass by hand-made metallic inventions and be warmed by red-hot charcoal as these musicians, dreamers, metal-workers, storytellers and old-soul fire-brands create a fairground of fire where you can set your deepest imaginings free.

As the sky darkens and the night closes in, bring your nearest and dearest together round the flames beneath Auckland Domain’s native and exotic trees. Take paths less travelled, wander at will and let the heat, light and aural delights of these wizards of fire touch your heart and fill up your senses.

Auckland Domain  
Fri 4 – Sun 6 March 2016
2hrs 30mins

Photography: Boris Abalain and Sylvie Monier


Auckland Domain – Corner of Domain Drive and Lower Domain Drive. Entrance opposite Band Rotunda.

Arrive anytime between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. The gates of the Fire Garden will open at 8.30pm. Once you’ve entered, simply follow your nose. Allow yourself at least an hour or more… event closes at 11.00pm

Regular updates on transport options, access and available facilities will be posted here as the event nears, so check back in March for details!

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Please note:This is a promenade show so wear comfy shoes and travel light. No animals or deck chairs.

Outdoor performance. Limited capacity – book early. 
Click here for a map and directions.
Click here for conditions of entry. 

Theatre , Spectacle , Promenade , Outdoor , Family ,

Mysterious, entrancing and a sizzling, crackling, feast

Review by Heidi North 05th Mar 2016

Auckland’s Domain has never looked so dazzling. Come darkness, French fire alchemists Carabosse have transformed a part of the park with flaming flower pots, red-hot coals and white-hot chimneys bursting flames: a Fire Garden.

Our lust for fire feels very primal and the live music with the deep beat of the drums adds to the feeling. Entry to the fire garden is through speakers telling Māori stories, which fold into stories from other cultures as you wander. This is a wonderful idea but in reality, with the press of the crowd streaming through, you’re unlikely to hear anything but snatches of voices.

But this event isn’t about the stories, or any kind of narrative; this is about experiencing the fire. Fire is passion, fire is fear and fire is wonder. The Fire Garden gives a chance to revel in the flames without danger of getting burnt.  

There are some spectacular fires including a calm corner where lanterns made of white singlets sway quietly, to a wonderful waterfall of fire (yes, really). A large portion of the ‘garden’ is made up of simple vessels holding fire, but they’re arranged in such a way and on such a scale that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  

It’s mysterious and entrancing. And except on entry, the space is orchestrated to handle the sizeable crowd well. 

The Fire Garden is a captivating place for all the family to roam, just be aware there are no safety guards around the fires, so keep a firm eye on children and perhaps keep young children away, although the heat from these seems to be enough to engage the primal urge to shrink back from it.

With live music playing throughout, and a sizzling, crackling, feast of fire, Carabosse Fire Garden is a wonderful treat. 


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