Local artisans to shine on Copper Coast

Celebrating all that the regional art scene has to offer, the FLAME festival kicks off tomorrow in Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta.

The inaugural three-day FLAME (Food, Light, Art, Music and Entertainment) festival kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday on the Copper Coast of the Yorke Peninsula.

The event includes the Wallaroo ‘Flaming Fiesta’ street party, the ‘Kadina Hub Comes Alive’ market and evening foreshore lighting with the special Wallaroo Silo Light Show “Light up FLAME”.

Local tech expert Lexi O’Connor is working closely with former Triple J presenter and digital artist Sally Coleman to curate a youth workshop focusing on digital art, music and social media content.

“What we’re trying to do is introduce young people in the region to things that they normally don’t get opportunities to do in these areas of technology and the music industry,” O’Connor said.

“Sally has a super cool concept; it’s rediscovering how artists in the regions can tour using motion capture suits to deliver performances virtually through video games and virtual reality.

“But she wants to be able to talk to her audience – which are young people – about what they want to see from digital creatives.”

Following the workshop, a Coleman-curated music video will be projected onto the Wallaroo Silos, as part of her virtual science fiction-based band Big Sand, dubbed the Australian answer to virtual band Gorillaz.

Copper Coast Mayor Roslyn Talbot hopes FLAME will encourage tourism to the region, especially after Wallaroo won Top Small Tourism Town this year and Moonta won Top Tourism Town last year.

“It is gratifying to see that our Copper Coast cities have left a lasting impression on the public after the number of votes we received in our last two submissions,” said Mayor Talbot.

“Our region offers so much that it is difficult to squeeze everything into the itinerary, often causing tourists to stop by several times.

“But with 50 events, this festival is a great opportunity to experience the best of what the Copper Coast has to offer in just three days.”

O’Connor said the festival would help the regional arts industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID pandemic.

“I don’t think you can do enough, there must be more” [festivals]the more art support the better, it just adds to the cultural fabric of the region,” she said.

“To give people things to look forward to and to have family friends come to… it’s very important to create healthy and vibrant communities.

“The festival reminds us that regional areas are really open to thinking outside the box.”

For more information about the event and what’s on offer, visit the Visit Copper Coast Tourism website here

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