By Melissa Keogh
Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Eyre Peninsula to indulge in a collection of arts and cultural events next month when the 2018 SALT Festival makes its second splash.
Colour and creativity will be reignited across southern Eyre Peninsula towns, including Coffin Bay, Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln, from April 20–29 following a successful first edition in 2017.
SALT organisers say the 2018 festival, featuring more than 200 events, has attracted interest from international publication GQ France magazine with the event potentially appearing in an upcoming edition.
SA continues to build its relationship with France since French company Naval (formerly DCNS) was awarded the Future Submarines Contract to be carried out in Adelaide.
Adelaide also joins the French city of Bordeaux in being an internationally recognised wine region and member of the exclusive Great Wine Capitals Network.
The SALT Festival is hosted by volunteer group Southern Eyre Arts (SEA).
SEA team member Andrea Broadfoot says last year’s festival attracted more than 6500 people to the region, meaning visitors could enjoy the selection of world-class tourism offerings on offer along the peninsula.
“People are seeing the Eyre Peninsula as a world class destination,” she says.
“Nowhere else but the Eyre Peninsula can you enjoy such premium, fresh seafood, eat freshly shucked oysters on the beach and swim with sharks.”
The theme for the 2018 SALT Festival is ‘Anything is Possible’.
Feature events include a one-night only performance by internationally acclaimed jazz musician James Morrison and his Quartet at Port Lincoln’s Nautilus Art Centre.
Australian surf-roots-reggae band The Beautiful Girls will share their coastal sounds while Adelaide indie/folk artist Timberwolf and Port Lincoln’s own Luke Morris will also engage audiences.
Internationally renowned photographer Che Chorley will present Land Sea You Me in an immersive exhibition capturing the sights, sounds and images of a 5000km bike ride across SA.
Colour Tumby Committee – a sub group led by the town’s progress association – will present the inaugural Street Art Festival as a feature event within SALT.
Former climate change advisor to the Federal Government, Professor Ross Garnaut, will host the In the Zone Energy Futures Summit to explore climate change and renewable energy opportunities for the region.
A number of Australian and international comedians will also take to the stage including Aussie Jon Bennett and Toronto-based Amy Cunningham.
The inaugural SALT Festival “far exceeded the expectations of the organisers” when a target of 35 events swelled to 100 events in 27 venues across seven towns.
“Events sold out, art sold out, people filled the streets and the venues, all expressing how inspired they felt by the contributions in the program,” says SEA chairperson Jack Ritchie.
“We are inviting visitors from Adelaide to enjoy a road trip or a short plane ride to attend 10 days of salty goodness.
“Over 900,000 people living in Adelaide haven’t visited Eyre Peninsula, and this is their chance to be part of something amazing in awesome April.”
The 2017 festival attracted recognition after being nominated for a Ruby Arts Award in 2017 for best community or regional impact under $100,000.
The Ruby Awards is an arts awards program celebrating the best of SA’s arts and cultural sector.
The SALT Festival website, by Port Lincoln creative agency Momentum Design, was also recognised as one of the world’s best websites in 2017 after taking out a CDAA International Web Design award.
For more information on the SALT Festival click here.
Header image courtesy of SA Rips.
Check out the below clip of the SALT Festival by Mark Thomas of Missing Link Media.
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