The arts in this creative region isn’t just bound to a canvas, there are cultural festivals which showcase music, photography and film industries, forming an integral part of the creative fabric.
Whether you’re a lover of music, a local film buff or enjoy art in unexpected places, the region’s festivals have something for everyone throughout the year.
FOR MUSIC LOVERS
With a new generation of music lovers growing up and remaining in the region, the music scene is incredibly vibrant.
A Day on the Green is a favourite, bringing those of all ages to the Leconfield lawns to enjoy wine and food on a rug listening to the likes of Cindi Lauper and Bryan Adams.
Porchland is the new kid on the block. Held near Kuitpo forest, festival goers lounge on Persian rugs amongst twinkling festoon lighting – an amazing setting for some acoustic acts that play throughout the afternoon into the starlight.
Laneway Love is a local favourite, bringing people to Aldinga’s newly renovated Old Coach Road precinct. Dance under the stars in the cobbled laneways to reggae, folk and acoustic from the area.
There are a number of cellar doors and other venues offering Sunday Sessions too, like the Cellar Door Sessions at Hither & Yon. There’s also S.C. Pannell’s sellout DJ afternoons and a host of others… keep up to date online.
An increasingly popular event on the region’s calendar, Fleurieu Film Festival is a great way to experience the arts and culture scene. Films from all over the country, and even a few international pieces, are submitted under a theme. This year’s theme is Climate Change. Sit back on the S.C. Pannell lawns and enjoy films with local food vans and a glass of wine. Superb.
FOR ARTS AFFICIONADOS
Spoilt for choice, art lovers can take their pick from a collection of renowned arts focussed festivals throughout the year.
SALA is a statewide celebration of arts in South Australia, with a number of local wineries and galleries bringing the festival to McLaren Vale each year. Meander through the region and find your way to some incredible exhibitions and independent showcases.
Surf Art is another delight which highlights local artworks focused on the sea. Held at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, you can take a dip after and really soak up all the local beach vibes.
Shimmer Photographic Biennale is an event held every two years dedicated to the art of photography. Shimmer is South Australia’s only photography festival and is held across multiple venues in Port Noarlunga and McLaren Vale.