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About The Festival

A warm welcome to our Festival Fleurieu website.

Every two years, dedicated groups of artists, event organisers and community volunteers from the western side of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula host Festival Fleurieu (formally Leafy Sea Dragon Festival 2005–2013).

2023 Festival

Judith
Judith Adams

April 2023 will be celebrated with soft autumn weather, Easter rituals, several days of South Australian school holidays, and through our Yankalilla district community Festival, that began nearly 20 years ago.

2023 planning is currently in progress under the guidance of our board, and continuing Festival Producer Judith Adams.

Our tenth Festival will keep the spirit and shape of past Festivals in a dynamic and innovative program to celebrate the arts, culture, community and environment of the district. There will be focus on our youth, the future thinkers and creators, and memories of the past ten years.

Enthusiasm and a belief in the power of a community festival to restore and maintain community wellbeing, will drive the core of the 2023 Festival, as residents and organisations become sponsors or supporters with donations, event organisers or volunteers.

Last Festival - 2021

April 2021 was a great success. After beautiful sunny weather for the open Carnival Fleurieu event, through to the cooler but still a lot of fun Beach Fleurieu event, our region was busy with people enjoying the attractions, visiting the artists on the studio trail and of course attending the soirees and other special events. The special youth events were also well attended.

Our most recent Festival, the ninth, was held in 2021 when the 10 town and rural communities of the Fleurieu Coast celebrated diverse aspects of artistic endeavour, from literature to visual art, music to environment, performance to history, to food and wine, with a jug or two of local brew.

Life in our region is enriched with our dynamic community of creative artists, historians and environmentalists who reflect and shape the regional identity of the Yankalilla district. At Festival time, our resident community of 4,500 swells threefold, with holiday crowds drawn to embrace, join with and enjoy the multi-award-winning Festival Fleurieu, with a program of both curated and community-initiated events.

We are pleased to announce that our last Festival was another resounding success, with fantastic attendances at all events.

There were so many ways that the community was involved – our board, volunteer group, assistance with creating our streetscape, traders, venues, community groups, artists, musicians, sponsorship and assistance at events.