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Local artisans to shine on Copper Coast

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

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The inaugural three-day FLAME (Food, Light, Art, Music, and Entertainment) festival launches Friday and runs to Sunday on the Yorke Peninsula’s Copper Coast.

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

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

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

“Sally has a super cool concept; it’s reimagining how to do touring for artists out in the regions using motion capture suits to run performances virtually through video games and virtual reality.

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

After the workshop, a music video put together by Coleman will be projected onto the Wallaroo silos, as part of her virtual science-fiction-based band Big Sand, which has been dubbed Australia’s 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’s pleasing to see our Copper Coast towns have left a lasting impression on the public following the number of votes we have received in our past two entries,” Mayor Talbot said.

“Our region offers so much that it’s hard to squeeze everything in the itinerary, making tourists often visit multiple times.

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

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

“I don’t think you can do enough, there definitely needs to 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 have family friends come to… it’s very critical to create healthy and vibrant communities.

“The festival is a reminder that regional areas are really open to thinking outside the box.”

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

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