Just Add Water Culture and Arts program launched in Goolwa

TALENT: Alexandrina Council's chief executive officer Glen Rappensburg, Carol Gaston and mayor Keith Parkes at the launch of the Just Add Water program in Goolwa on Saturday, December 9. Photo: Supplied.
TALENT: Alexandrina Council's chief executive officer Glen Rappensburg, Carol Gaston and mayor Keith Parkes at the launch of the Just Add Water program in Goolwa on Saturday, December 9. Photo: Supplied.

Arts and culture across the Alexandrina region was celebrated over the weekend with the release of the 2018 Just Add Water (JAW) program.

The highly anticipated program was launched on Saturday, December 9 at Signal Point Gallery at Goolwa.

The launch offered guests the first glimpse of what is in store for the seventh installment of the popular program.

Two exhibitions were also launched on the same day at the gallery – James Dodd - Shed Wizard and Vitrified - Collaboration in Glass and Clay.

James Dodd also gave a ‘floor talk’ and demonstration of his hand-made magical art device.

The 2018 JAW program presents shows in all major towns of the district including Goolwa, Mount Compass, Port Elliot, Langhorne Creek and Strathalbyn and is set to spark the interest of all age groups and backgrounds.

An array of individual performances, concerts, workshops and school holiday activities will be on offer, as well as numerous visual art exhibitions and installations at venues and galleries across the region.

Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes said this year’s program had been expanded further to incorporate more of the region.

“It was most important to us to include more activity from other towns and continue growing the program,” he said.

“We’re encouraging people to grab a copy of the program as soon as they can so they can start choosing which activities they’d like to attend because a lot of them sell out fast.”

Mr Parkes launched the program at Signal Point Gallery on Saturday and said he was pleased to see such high attendence.

“The program showcases a lot of talented locals, mixed with some amazing visitors like the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra,” he said.

Culturally significant Council events including the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, and NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week activities are all part of the program again in 2018 and recognise the achievements of our people and embrace our rich cultural tapestry.

Copies of the 2018 program were released at the launch and are available at the council’s offices in Goolwa and Strathalbyn, and from the council’s website: www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au