Friday, 8 May 2015

Violet Verses: South Australia’s ANZAC Stories

The VIOLET DAY of 100 years ago was an uniquely South Australian response to World War One.

Violet Verses is a project by illuminart in partnership with History SA, coming to the Torrens Parade Ground on the centenary of the first Violet Day, July 4th 1915. 

Below are all of the dates, details and maps about the show. Hope to see you there!



  • Thursday 2nd July
    • 5:30 PM Food Vans on site
    • 5:45 PM Official Welcome
    • 6PM Show 1
    • 8PM Show 2
  • Friday 3rd July
    • 5PM Food Vans on site
    • 6PM Show 1
    • 8PM Show 2
  • Saturday 4th July
    • 5PM Food Vans on site
    • 6PM Show 1
    • 8PM Show 2


From approx 5 PM each day, Food Vans will be on site.

At 6 PM the Violet Verses Show will play (duration just over an hour)

At approximately 7:30 PM for half an hour, for the benefit of photographers, picks from the show will be presented as a series of slide images. During this time the audience can come and go, take a break or new people arrive in time to set up for the second show.

At 8 PM the Violet Verses Show will play a second time.




The Violet Verses Show will be presented as a large scale architectural projection onto the barracks at Torrens Parade Grounds, directly opposite Elder Park and the Adelaide Festival Centre.

To get to the Barracks you can drive, catch a bus that takes you along North Terrace or King William Street, or a tram or train to the North Terrace Station. It is less than a five minute walk from the corner of King William Street and North Terrace.



There is no parking on Torrens Parade Ground as it is an audience area only.

If you are driving, allow enough time to park and walk from one of the nearby parking areas marked below. There are several commercial car parking stations near Rundle Mall, North Terrace, Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Convention Centre, as well as numerous ticketed meter car parks on nearby roads.

COMMERCIAL CAR PARKS: Links to individual car parks

DISABILITY PARKING: Adelaide City Council information for Disability Parking Permit Holders



Delicious food & coffee vans will be open from 5pm each night.

Moorish Bites – moroccan street food.
Haddos Gourmet Dogs
Great Relish organic fair trade coffee
The Satay Hut
La Créperie
This is an Alcohol Free Event and No Alcohol will be permitted onsite. (Adelaide Parklands is a Dry Zone).




Violet Verses is a free show for all ages.

Food and Drink Vendors will be on site.

This is an Alcohol Free Event and No Alcohol will be permitted onsite.

It is recommended that you bring chairs, ground mats or bean bags for your own comfort as the show is approximately 90 minutes long.

It is also recommended that you rug up, dress warmly with extra layers, beanies, scarfs and gloves and bring umbrellas or raincoats as the weather will be cold with a chance of rain.

Violet Verses is a World War One commemoration project. Simple torches and LED candles are appropriate to the occasion.

Photographers are very welcome. Please turn off your flash. See Photography tips for more information.



The event is an open air free public event.

It is recommended that you bring a chair and dress warmly. Generally you should place your seat about half way between the building and the projectors.

Channel Nine marquees are provided for general shelter in the case of rain or wind.

A large marquee for shelter in the case of rain or wind, has been provided by White Marquees.

Some seats and gas heaters are provided but can not be guaranteed to be available, and we ask that patrons provide these to the elderly and people living with a disability as a priority.



Violet Verses is an all-weather mid-winter event. The date has been selected as it coincides with the exact date that the Cheer Up Society first sold violets on the streets, and is a significant date despite the season. Dress warmly and come prepared for possibility of rain and cold weather.

In the event of possible showers or occasional sprinkles, the event will go ahead.

In the event that widespread constant rain and/or high wind is occurring, the event will be cancelled on that specific day.

Visit this page for updates on the day.



Toilets in close proximity to the audience area at Torrens Parade Ground:

Male, Female and Disability : South end of the barracks (Anzac House)
Male and Female in park near Jolleys Boathouse, north of the parade ground.