More than 120 events for SALT Festival on Southern Eyre Peninsula

TRUMPET: Brass Monkeys will be among the big acts performing at the SALT Festival in 2021. Photo: Soda Street Productions
TRUMPET: Brass Monkeys will be among the big acts performing at the SALT Festival in 2021. Photo: Soda Street Productions

The SALT Festival will be back with a bang in 2021 with more than 120 events including art, music, comedy and workshops following a SALT-free year in 2020.

The 2021 festival programme was launched this week which showcases local and visiting acts which will perform throughout the festival between April 16 and 25.

This year marks the return of the festival following the event's cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Big acts include the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performing three concerts at the Nautilus Theatre on April 17 and 18, including two matinees, with a free children's concert on April 16.

The programme also features Adelaide Fringe favourites including REBEL, a high energy circus David Bowie tribute show and Brass Monkeys, who combine comedy, music and acrobatics for people of all ages.

Amongst the programme will also be many local talents, with the festival programme featuring 85 to 90 per cent local artists and creatives each year.

Local acts include Elliston's Joshy Willo, who after recording his third album brings his new band to SALT, supported by a three piece horn section and Lisa Kuerschner on harmonies.

Festival chairperson Jack Ritchie said there was a bit of everything for everyone for the festival's return.

"There is hypnosis, a cruise and late night comedy to choose from, cabaret, music and stories from local legends in Songwriter's in the Round," he said.

"With a range of free and affordable events for community, there is no chance of boredom this school holidays on the EP."

This year the SALT Festival hub space will be the entire Nautilus Arts Centre while the SALT Stage will be at the Hotel Boston beach garden.

Other events include the SALTY Bay Paddle Day at Coffin Bay, the sustainable seafood showcase 'Upwelling at Beer Garden Brewing and a session with award winning author Bruce Pascoe and anthropoligist Scott Cane who will share insights about the wisdom of Aboriginal culture, and what we can learn to heal country and ensure equity and recognition.

Mr Ritchie said the festival was made possible thanks to state government support through Arts SA and Country Arts SA and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

He said thanks also went to philanthropic supporters and loyal sponsors including the local seafood industry and major sponsor Beyond Bank, who have all been vital in making the event possible for Southern Eyre Peninsula in 2021.

The SALT Festival committee is encouraging people to book their tickets now, which can be done online at www.saltfestival.com.au or by visiting Beyond Bank Port Lincoln. The programme can also be viewed on the SALT Festival website.