Port Lincoln enjoys first week of SALT Festival

CHEERS: Festival vice chairperson Mark Thomas and comedian Jon Bennett toast the opening of the SALT Festival. Bennett will perform three shows this week.
CHEERS: Festival vice chairperson Mark Thomas and comedian Jon Bennett toast the opening of the SALT Festival. Bennett will perform three shows this week.

Port Lincoln has entered into 10 days of showcasing the arts as the SALT Festival began last Friday.

The 2021 festival was officially launched at SALT Shaker, inside the Nautilus Arts Centre on Friday evening, which included the launch of the exhibition 'Facing Eyre' which features 25 portraits of local people, done by local artists.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra managing director Vincent Ciccarello officially opened the festival and said this was a wonderful celebration of the arts.

"I encourage you all to embrace it, to encourage your friends to come along, buy tickets and support this wonderful initiative," he said.

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The orchestra was one of the main highlights during the opening weekend, playing before large crowds in the Nautilus Theatre for its 'Symphony by the Sea'.

This included involvement from the Port Lincoln City Band who played a medley of circus-themed music before the orchestra took to the stage.

City Band president Valerie Staunton said the band had done workshops and rehearsals with the orchestra, and the whole experience had been "once in a lifetime".

"We received incredible feedback on how we performed and offered a look at what we will be playing at (this year's) FAME Awards," she said.

Premier Steven Marshall arrived in Port Lincoln on Tuesday and even got to see SALT events for himself, including the Resilience Exhibition Opening involving the Richards family sharing their Stolen Generation stories.

He said he was excited to see the festival was going ahead in 2021.

"This is a great festival, the government supported it...with a grant to make sure the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra could get over here," he said.

"I think it's really important that we make arts as accessible as possible, we invested significantly in Country Arts SA since coming into government and we're pretty happy to support the SALT Festival with a grant."

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