Never mind Mad March, the western Fleurieu will be catapulted into the state festival limelight during its biennial arts celebration this April.
Festival Fleurieu will feature more than 90 events, exhibitions and workshops from Saturday, April 11, to Sunday, April 19.
The festival will be officially opened at noon on April 11 by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, at the Normanville street party.
Held at 50 venues across the District Council of Yankalilla area, Festival Fleurieu is the first to be held under its new name, changed from the previous ‘Leafy Sea Dragon Festival’ in 2014.
Festival co-ordinator Jill Langford said the street party will feature a ‘Cosplay’ (costume play) workshop for youth over 15-years-old, a giant inflatable Leafy Sea Dragon for children to sit within for story telling, and musicians roaming the streets.
The seven-piece SA Police Dixie band will perform a fanfare to welcome the Governor.
Jill said she is pleased to have the Governor opening the 2015 festival.
“It is a great honour and a thrill to have the Governor officially open Festival Fleurieu this year,” she said.
“He will be warmly welcomed by us all.”
Main Road Normanville, from Cheeseman Street to Edmund Street, will be closed for the festival street party between 7am and 5pm on the day.
Normanville’s town centre will be decorated for the party, with several of the festival’s signature hand-painted doors on display.
Attendees will also be encouraged to dress up in ‘yester-year’ style.
A jazz-style concert will also be held in Normanville that night, plus a cellist playing Bach pieces.
Poets, painters, photographers and chefs are presenting other festival events as diverse as ‘High Camp - gourmet grazing at the Jetty Camp Kitchen’, ‘My Passionate Philosophy’ and ‘Inman Valley Presents’.
For music lovers there’s a cello recital, ‘Fleurieu Fusion - jazz at the Normanville Hotel, a bush dance, plus a Bollywood fashion extravaganza.
‘Out of this World - Ukes in Space’ is a twoconcert ukulele performance of classics from the likes of David Bowie and Pink Floyd.
The ‘Myponga Family Fun Day’ will be one of the events catering for families.
The exhibitions program includes an extensive artists’ trail, the annual Easter Art Show, and an exhibition of the finalists in the inaugural $15,000 Fleurieu Four Seasons Prize for Landscape Photography.
Jill said tickets for events are selling well, and said those interested in booking any of the paid events can do so by visiting the website; www.festivalfleurieu.com.au
Jill is also looking for an old piano - in working order - to be donated for the festival’s street piano.
She said if organisers can find one, it will be painted by local artists and stationed on a pathway in either Yankalilla or Normanville, ready for passers-by to play spontaneous tunes on.
The festival’s ‘Chance in a Hundred’ lottery tickets are still available, offering those who enter the chance to win one of ten accommodation packages.
For more information about the festival program or lottery, visit the festival website above, or like ‘Festival Fleurieu’ on Facebook.