latest news

Stayed tuned to find out who the Coordinator will be for 2019.

taking shape

The 2019 Festival Fleurieu is already taking shape and there are some major changes planned for the popular event.

Significantly, the next festival will run for a shorter period – 10 days - from Saturday April 13 until Monday 22nd April 2019, which includes the Easter weekend. This change follows discussions with residents, traders and festival goers.

As well, the next festival will:
• Place a much greater emphasis on creating a vibrant and seductive streetscape particularly in Yankalilla and through to Normanville.
• Establish a festival hub or epicentre near the Agricultural Hall in Yankalilla with an information booth, youth programs, buskers and “pop up” craft, food and beverage stalls.

Festival Chair Jane Mitchell said her Board wants to build on the success of this year’s festival where the number of tickets sold exceeded the 2015 event by a massive 80%.

“While this year’s festival worked really well, we have learnt some useful lessons which we will attempt to integrate into the 2019 event.”

Ms Mitchell paid tribute to Jillian Langford for her hard work, passion and commitment as festival coordinator during the past two festivals.

Mr Grant Pember a well-known businessman and owner of Second Valley Farm for the past 30 years has been appointed to the Festival Fleurieu board.

Ms Mitchell said a new planning committee would be established for the 2019 Festival Fleurieu and the various opportunities for involvement would be discussed at a public meeting to be held in March next year.

about the festival

A warm welcome to our Festival Fleurieu website.

Every two years, dedicated groups of artists and community volunteers from the western side of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula host Festival Fleurieu (Leafy Sea Dragon Festival 2005 - 2013).

Our most recent festival, the seventh, was held in 2017 when the ten town and rural communities of the Fleurieu Coast celebrated diverse aspects of artistic endeavour, from literature to visual art, from music to environment, from performance to history, through food and wine with a jug or two of local brew.

Life in our region is enriched with our dynamic community of creative artists, historians, environmentalists who reflect and shape the regional identity of the Yankalilla District.  At festival time, our resident community of 4,500 swells threefold with holiday crowds drawn to embrace, join with and enjoy the multi-award winning Festival Fleurieu with a program of both curated and artist initiated events.        

We are pleased to announce that our last festival was again a resounding success with fantastic attendances at all events.

After a small recess to catch our breaths, we will soon be starting to think about the next festival in 2019.

If you have any feedback in regard to the last festival, or are interested in joining the planning group to help with the next one,  then please email us.


Enjoying meeting Dorch at Live at Bungala Park
A sell out crowd at The Bald Eagles

previous awards

Joint winner of the 2016 Best Community Event in the statewide Australia Day Awards

We are proud to be a recipient of the bronze award in the 'Festivals and Events' Category at the SATIC Tourism Awards.

The District Council of Yankalilla's Community Event of the Year 2016

Festival Fleurieu is presented by a volunteer not-for-profit Incorporated Association and relies on the creative talents of artists, the time of community volunteers, and the generosity of many festival partners who share a passion for all things Fleurieu.


Jane Mitchell      
  Festival Coordinator 2015 and 2017
Jill Langford

The leafy sea dragon in our local waters is the festival’s inspiring icon; we acknowledge the need to keep our local environment pristine to protect it from human activity. Though as an endangered species  the leafy sea dragon can’t be on show, artists and filmmakers present it in artistic and documentary versions in various exhibitions and venues during the festival.


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