SALT plans to shake it up

SALT Festival is just around the corner and just in case you missed the news, a whole range of acts, art, music, science, comedy and workshops are planned for the 2019 event.

We spoke with some of the SALT team to find out some of their recommendations on what to see during the 10-day event.


This year ARIA winner Drapht and emerging Adelaide artist Adrian Eagle are headlining with homegrown talent Ethnic Cowboys to bring their own style to the event at the Nautilus Arts Centre.

Southern Eyre Arts chairperson Jack Ritchie said every year the festival tried to encourage local people to try something new and this year was no exception.

"The festival this year has a really great range of events," he said.

"The music events are a perfect complement to what the region and all the contributors have brought to the table."

South Australia's sister band Germein made the SALT team's recommendations for their edgy indie pop and rock songs that will combine with Australian Country music award winner Karin Page's refreshing and honest songwriting.

SALT coordinator Sophie Quigley said many of the acts saw Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula region as a bonus for performing at the festival.

"I think many of the acts see it as an exciting place to come for a holiday as well as for their job," she said.

The SALT Stage event featuring Drapht, Adrian Eagle and Ethnic Cowboys on Saturday, April 27 begins at 7pm and tickets are $60.

The Germein and Karin Page event at the Nautilus Arts Centre on April 23 begins at 8pm, tickets are $40.


Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula will host two free family-friendly science events at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

A night with the Museum on April 23 at 7pm will see SA Museum scientists and Barngarla descendants present on seals, whales and dolphins that call South Australia home.

Bone detectives on April 24 at 10.30am will give people the opportunity to identify bones with SA Museum mammal specialist Dr Cath Kemper and disease specialist Ikiki Tomo.

Another free family event is Under the Surface, a multimedia exhibition that uncovers the marine life under the Port Lincoln town jetty. It will be held at the Nautilus Arts Centre from 10am April 20 to 23.

Ms Quigley said one of the events, Pico Under the Coral Sea which is a puppet show, was also taking place in Cummins and Coffin Bay for families.

It is on April 23 at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club from 10.30am and the Cummins Hotel from 2pm, before three shows are hosted at the Nautilus Arts Centre on April 24, tickets are $8.50.


THE SALT Shaker will once again be a venue within itself after the festival's launch on Friday afternoon.

This year's feature artist Joe Puglisi and SALT poster contributor Leith O'Malley's work will grace the walls in the Shaker Gallery.

It will also host comedy, music, workshops, wellbeing events and theatre and is a great space to talk to SALT team members and grab a program to plan your festival experience.

Accompanied by a bar and coffee machine to help people relax and connect in the space, it will be open daily from April 19 to 28.