SALT Festival launches Friday

FESTIVAL TIME: Southern Eyre Arts members Emma Pedler, Pete Mihalaras, Jack Ritchie, Andrea Broadfoot, Kathryn Hardwick-Franco, Lisa Kuerschner and Tim Coote (front) are ready for the SALT Festival.
FESTIVAL TIME: Southern Eyre Arts members Emma Pedler, Pete Mihalaras, Jack Ritchie, Andrea Broadfoot, Kathryn Hardwick-Franco, Lisa Kuerschner and Tim Coote (front) are ready for the SALT Festival.

After 18 months of planning and work, the SALT Festival is ready to start on Friday.

The 10-day program features about 100 shows and events that will take place across Lower Eyre Peninsula at Port Lincoln, Cummins, Tumby Bay, Coffin Bay and Edillilie.

The official launch will be this Friday from 5.30pm at the festival’s SALT Shaker hub, next to the Ming Inn, which will be open as a venue for the duration of the festival.

Festival coordinator Lisa Kuerschner said Southern Eyre Arts had been working hard for the past 18 months to make the festival a reality and was now getting the SALT Shaker ready for the launch.

“We’re all very excited, all very busy and looking forward to seeing it happen,” she said.

“There’s been a theme throughout, we have a catchphrase that ‘anything is possible’, and we feel we’ve proven that true.”

The launch will include exhibitions of art by Jeff Bridges, SA Rips, Thomas Tesselaar and digital art by Ego.

Throughout the festival there will be music, art classes, slam poetry, comedy and various pop-up events.

Miss Kuerschner said the festival was already receiving a big response with many shows nearly sold out.

Twelve events will kick off the program on Friday, including exhibitions and shows featuring locals Emma Fuss and Jacquie Carmichael, and Peter Goers.

Miss Kuerschner said there was something for everyone across the 10 days of the festival, and with the program available online people had a lot to choose from.

“We’re encouraging the community to get involved and support what is happening in their neck of the woods,” she said.

“It’s allowed artists to showcase their talents and our job is to shine a light on that.”

Miss Kuerschner said tickets were available online and at Beyond Bank and the SALT Shaker.

The SALT Festival continues what has been a busy April for Port Lincoln following last weekend’s Teakle Auto Sprint.

For more information and to view the full program visit www.saltfestival.com.au/events.