2015 Kernewek Lowender – one of the best programs ever
With the preliminary program for the 2015 Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival just released, all is set for crowds of more than 35,000 people to again flock to the towns of Moonta, Kadina, and Wallaroo to celebrate South Australia's significant Cornish heritage.
Riding high on the success of the sold out 40th anniversary festival in 2013, more new events have been incorporated into the program, marrying well with the tried and true which have earned this event major status and numerous accolades over the years.
The dates for 2015 Kernewek Lowender are May 17-24, and more than 60 events and activities are to be staged in the three Copper Coast towns over 8 days.
New sponsoring partner Drakes Foodland will stage the Moonta Parade and Street Party on Friday, 22 May, featuring the Procession, Maypole and Furry Dancing, the giant Pasty Bake-Off, and the official welcome in Queen Square.
The big Village Green Fair is on again in Kadina on the Saturday (23 May), with its Rotary markets, rotunda entertainment, Cousin Jack and Jenny competition, Maypole and Furry Dancing and, new in 2015, Piskey Hollow Hall (Kadina Town Hall) offering a wonderland of children's activities.
For the first time, a two hour comedy fest is on offer (Wednesday night, 20 May, at Kadina Town Hall) featuring the (infamous!) Kernow King from Cornwall, on his maiden voyage to Australia; and also on debut is a toe-tapping "Troyl" Dinner Dance (Wallaroo Community Sports Club, Thursday night, 21 May) featuring the award-winning The Borderers, acclaimed as the biggest and most entertaining Celtic Rock/Roots band in Australia.
Back again after their inaugural success in 2013 are the Country Music Concert on the Friday night at Kadina Town Hall, this time featuring Wayne Horsburgh, Graeme Hugo and Amber Joy Poulton) and the fantastic Bonanza Concert showcase of local talent (Saturday night, Wallaroo Town Hall).
There are new categories for the prestigious Newbery Chemist Art Prize Exhibition; four cemeteries are now staging Dressing of the Graves events (Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta and Green Plains, the latter a new inclusion), and all this, with an even bigger tally of displays and activities staged by busy local community groups.
Tickets go on sale on 1 February 2015; for more information go to www.kernewek.org
Kernewek Lowender is proudly supported by South Australian Tourism Commission and the District Council of the Copper Coast.