Over 400 attendees, young and old, came together last Sunday at the Investigator College EcoCentre on the banks of Currency Creek, for the Hello Fleurieu Youth Festival.
The festival included a packed afternoon of youth led workshops, music and dance performances, panel discussions, environmental art and mural painting, nature play, interactive science displays, and film, topped off with campfire cooking and other delicious foods from local stallholders.
A stellar line-up of Keynote Listeners, including Helen Connolly (SA Commissioner for Children and Young People) and Greg Mackie OAM (CEO History Trust SA and Founder Adelaide Festival of Ideas), roamed the festival listening to and engaging with young people about the issues and ideas of importance to them.
Local families who attended said they were "very impressed by the event" which had a "lovely, positive energy."
Youth ideas collected on the day will be collated by Ideas on the Fleurieu and added to their growing ideas repository.
Hello Fleurieu is the fifth and biggest event held by Ideas on the Fleurieu over the past 18 months. Ideas on the Fleurieu is a community-led think-tank which brings people together to voice their vision and ideas for the region with an aim of uniting communities.
Highlights of the day included:
- A welcome to Country by local Ngarrindjeri youth and Port Elliot Primary School students Jai and Rhys Alick.
- Live performances from local youth musicians Arivian Thompson, Willem and Joshua Dunkley, and Mimi Inkster.
- A panel discussion from local, young entrepreneurs about why they choose to stay and do business on the Fleurieu.
- Free barista classes from the Meeting Place MV coffee cart.
- Attendees helping to paint a wall mural, with images of things they love about the Fleurieu and descriptions of their big ideas.
- Fish trapping with Aquasave, with youth participants donning waders and heading into the creek to learn about the aquatic, freshwater species that call our region home.
- Lots of fun for the littlies and young at heart with cubby building, cooking of marshmallows and a chance to explore the Currency Creek CFS truck and have a go at blowing down witches hats with the water hose.
- An 'Oldies and Youngsters' Speed Date Session where young and old were matched up to share wisdom and ideas across the ages. Youth participants pitched their ideas to the Keynote Listeners, who drew upon their wisdom and experience to offer advice about how to make that idea a reality.
- A film challenge where a group of young people worked with local filmmakers Davide Gaglio and Christopher Warman to make a film of the day, reading for screening to close the festival.
To keep up to date with future events visit www.ideasonthefleurieu.com/events or follow Ideas on the Fleurieu on Facebook or Instagram.
The Hello Fleurieu Festival was made possible by the support of many volunteers and sponsors, including Investigator College, Bendigo Bank, Alexandrina Council and the City of Onkaparinga.