A gift to South Australia becomes an event destination for inspiration. Sustainability, Culture and Luxury combine at UKARIA
If you thought authenticity in sustainable practices mixed with luxury and a dedication to the arts was the unicorn of business event destinations, think again.Perched on the hillside of the Ngeringa property in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, UKARIA is redefining previously held conceptions of where events can be hosted.
Designed by South Australian architect Anton Johnson, the 220-seat venue is a multipurpose auditorium with world-class acoustics and spectacular sweeping views of the Mount Barker Summit. In addition to its highly acclaimed classical concert series, contemporary artists such as Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke and Kate Ceberano have been attracted to the unique beauty of the space – an architectural concept in harmony with its environment.
“There’s not many places on Earth like this really, that embrace the country, that are a kind of celebration of the country and an invitation to interact with it,” curator and jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky said. “You feel embraced by the soul of the place, a feeling equally expressed through its beautiful design and craftsmanship, the detail in its exquisite dome-like ceiling, a symphony of joinery.”
UKARIA is the vision of Founder and Director Ulrike Klein who, after selling her world-famous skincare brand Jurlique, set up a foundation and built the state-of-the-art concert hall specifically designed for chamber music. As a not-for-profit organisation, all revenue generated from ticket sales is reinvested in concert and residency opportunities for national and international artists.
“When I started the Jurlique Herb Farm Concert Series in the mid 90s, I could never have imagined that artists of this calibre would someday be passing through our doors,” Klein said. “As each year goes by, it becomes more and more apparent that this is a magical place.”
“Contemporary, unique, and readily adaptable, UKARIA can also be used as a conference space….” Jakki Govan, Director -Clockwise Consulting, who represents UKARIA said “…the quality, attention to detail and dedication to sustainability is a rare gift.”
“Everywhere you turn, you are greeted with a beautiful, thoughtful and sustainable practice, from the art to the food and the dedication to the local community.”
Event delegates are treated to true local food, with menus inspired by local produce from the Adelaide Hills. This is complimented with an exclusively Adelaide Hills-based wine list, craft beer from Prancing Pony Brewery, artisan cheese from Udder Delights and Paris Creek Farms, and chocolate from boutique local chocolatier Red Cacao.
“UKARIA is perfect for executive retreats and conferences, where people are encouraged to expand their thinking; the setting is inspirational,” said Govan.
There are luxurious executive retreat accommodation facilities on the property that can be bolstered with more options in neighbouring Hahndorf, only a ten-minute drive away. Why don’t you provide your next event with a little sustainability, culture and luxury.
UKARIA is attending #Connect2019 thanks to Adelaide Convention Bureau