Every year, our farm is taken over by artists, designers, and all kinds of creative masterminds,
who transform it into a world of surprises and pure delight. They are all fellow Gardeners who
volunteer their time to produce two full days of wonder and amazement.
We’re keeping 2016 a secret, but as a preview, here’s what they
pulled together last year.
For those who have been to Secret Garden, #CAMPQUEEN needs no introduction. Amongst drag queens and disco revelry, a lot of bump and grind happens in this area. The Queens will be back and in 2016 they’re bringing a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to the party. Hold onto your breath, it will be worth the head spin.
Clap in Joel De Sá, Matt Format
If you’ve been to Secret Garden, it’s likely that you’ve competed in the Olympics or maybe you voted in the Sexy Jesus competition? For 2016 the SG Olympic committee have some new tricks up their sleeve. Milly is headed into her fifth year on the festival, because as Milly puts it, where else can you regress to your seven year old self, chant into a megaphone, and be a part of a mass Whitney Houston dance?
Clap in Milly Horsley and the Olympic committee
Consisting of one of our many sibling duos, these guys have been in the SG family since the beginning. Last year they orchestrated Secret Garden speed dating area, hosted ‘finding mr right, now' seminars and also produced a disney karaoke stage with it’s own judging panel. This year, expect flirting, group sing-alongs, and all kinds of surprises.
Clap in Mill and Bel Hyles and Soph O’Brien
Remember that glorious pink parachute canopy above the Fern Gully stage last year? That was the beautiful brainchild of these two chicky-babes. Joining our family again this year, Honey and Prue are doing something completely different, but equally mesmerising. No doubt, you’ll be talking about it all the way back home.
Clap in Honey Long and Prue Stent
Leave these two in an overgrown forest for a week and you’ll end up with a psychedelic tripzone or an Australiana flash back. Be sure to take your time (and camera) when you visit their area, the detail of their work and their great sense of humour is something to behold.
Clap in Alice Joel and Ash Bell
The Garden Stage is transformed by a supergroup of creative talent - think The Avengers, Voltron, or maybe The A-Team. Balloons, on top of balloons, with a side of balloons, was the vibe of last year’s masterpiece… and next year is worth holding your breath for.
Clap in - Micaela Lee, Harrison Witsey, Miquela McGuiness and Nick Lee
Remember our late-night party spot where DJs played out of a bamboo dinosaur nest? That was the brainchild of this team of architects. They’re passionate about beautiful design that will also make you laugh. Work is already underway on 2016, and you’re going to bloody love it.
Alice Nivison, Richie Northcott, Flea Harrison,
Zana Wright and Edward Thomas
A long time gardener herself, Sammy Hawker and her team transformed a pocket in the wilderness into a smoky opium den in 2015. Here people could drink a complementary tea, slow dance with a stranger and send a post card home. This year the team are working on area that’s even more immersive and fun
Clap in Sammy Hawker, Bel Campbell, Eve Hoskins, Jacqui Rawson, Morgan Duke, Patrick McDavitt and Tom Osborne
Did anyone get their Secret Garden fortune read by a couple of French beauties? Intimate conversations, champagne and all things French is what Bel and her filles love most. Practice your French and maybe you’ll get a glass of French…
Clap In, Belinda Aucott, Candice Towne
and Victoria Jones
The Secret Garden rave cave is a place to go and be reminded of what a bad club is like. 20 gardeners, Sandstorm pumping, and it’s hosted in one tiny, sweaty, hidden cave. The Wirth brothers are currently working on some other guilty gardener pleasures for y’all to enjoy… kind of.
Clap in Angus and Seb Wirth
In 2015 our priests and nuns drove a confession booth around the site to hear all kinds of secrets. Gardeners disappeared into the Vehicular Vatican and were absolved of their sins before starting another day in the Garden. There were Hail Marys and Bloody Marys aplenty… expect more mobile delights this year.
Clap in Dirk Vos and Mirco Mattevi
These bamboo babes return to Secret Garden once again. They harvest the bamboo from the farm and create places for you star-gaze in, take shelter from the sun and have a good ol’ chat to a good ol’ friend. Be sure to keep an eye out for what they’re creating next year. It’s going to be spectacular.
Clap in Ned long, Daniel Nixon. Seb guy,
Mercurio Alvarado Mendez and Lachlan Pearse
Community is the driving force behind Secret Garden. We are passionate about creating a world where y’all feel comfortable being yourself and making friends with strangers. Our festival dining room is the centre of this and what this lot can do with a pair of scissors and 1000 cable ties is somethin’ else.
Clap in Sophie and Will Bligh, Cassie Wait-Hughes,
Heidi Fitt and Lucy Bonnett
This team brought you Secret Garden’s 7th Birthday party, complete with ball pits, a pillow fort, crafternoon, a fairy glen and a massive game of pass the parcel. This team of creative masterminds are incredible at tapping into our inner child. Getting adults to play is what they do best.
Clap in Jessica and Annie Hamilton, Lily Ainsworth and Tula Mount
From the team who welcomed you into 2015 with hanging donuts and a big hi-five, our newest Secret Garden members are taking over a new festival area which you lot are going to love. What these guys can pull out of their brilliant brains and into a tree is bloody fantastic.
Clap in Emily Barr and Maddy Hoy
Begrudgingly, Max was made to create a Secret Garden kissing booth last year. A farmer since birth, Max was annoyed he was put to work on something that didn’t involved digging or chainsawing. Despite the installation’s disdainful creative, the kissing booth was a huge success in 2015. So we’re telling Max he has to build one again, but this time with more hearts.
Clap in Max Downes
Each year we invite a red hot Sydney chef to host a banquet in our stand stone stables on the farm. Last year we had the amazing team from Corner House, who produced a feast fit for a king. Tickets always sell out, so make sure you secure a spot at our fine table here