The Garden of Earthly Delights festival to mark Blue Mountains Botanic Garden's 30th birthday

Conversations with Aussie icon, Blackheath resident Jenny Kee, as well as performances from Ancient Greek ‘Bacchant’ dancers will feature at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden’s 30th birthday celebrations.

Dubbed as The Garden of Earthly Delights, the official celebrations will take place from November 11-12. More than 50 live performers, musicians and visual artists will engage in song, dance, poetry, theatre and exhibition in a culmination of creativity that will transform Australia’s best-loved cool-climate botanic garden into a vibrant stage for one magical weekend.

“Partly inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s world-famous painting with the same title, The Garden of Earthly Delights will be a unique fusion of nature and culture for all the community to enjoy,” said Susan Cochrane, festival artistic director.

“Surrounded by pristine World Heritage Listed Area, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden has such a powerful energy, it epitomises the untouched beauty that attracts so many creatives to the greater Blue Mountains region.

“Dress as a steampunk or a fairy, discover ephemeral installations, dally under the PoetTree, delight in music and song - it is the perfect way to celebrate the 30th Birthday of this treasure.”

The long ‘must-see’ list for the weekend features an impressive Darug Welcome Ceremony, ‘Bacchant’ dancers inspired by Greek mythology, a human dragonfly, a five-metre tunnel installation and a live panel discussion with celebrated designer, artist and Blue Mountains local, Jenny Kee.

“Being involved was a natural decision for me - I have such a strong passion for the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, from its flamboyant Waratah displays to the beautiful setting in which it is nestled,” said Ms Kee.

“In many ways, this garden has fuelled and inspired my work – my waratah artworks which will be on exhibit over the weekend are a fantastic example.

“Join the fun and witness the charm of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah for this most special occasion.”

Entry to The Garden of Earthly Delights is free on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 with kid-friendly activities and delicious gourmet food options to explore. Dressing up is encouraged.

For more information about The Garden of Earthly Delights, see the website.