The Board of Festival Fleurieu has introduced a Festival Fleurieu Patrons Program to encourage support for the continuing development and success of the Fleurieu Coast's signature arts, environment, history and culinary events. Over time the Patron Program will evolve as a roll-call of people whose passion for the region's creative arts community festival is matched by their generosity and support for a sustainable festival.
Our patrons are:
- Alison Fort: This is in recognition of her design prowess, and her passion and commitment, professionalism, patience and soulful engagement with the people who are the fabric of the festival community.
- Peter Combe: Acclaimed Australian children's singer/songwriter, entertainer and musician.
Alison Fort is a designer and artist with a heart for community and the arts. Throughout a professional career spanning over three decades, Alison has worked with local and international brands and businesses crafting logos and corporate identities, advertising and all manner of promotions and communications. A constant in Alison’s life is pro bono work for worthy causes and organisations who often have a marvellous spirit and strong direction but are in need of visual communications. Alison has helped dozens of community groups, charities and not-for-profits beautifully express their vision through their corporate image.
Alison is a woman deeply connected to the Fleurieu. “Although I live and work on the fringes of the city I find myself drawn to this place constantly. I have a property on the peninsula that is an escape, a haven and a wonderful work in progress. The people, the food, the art and craft, and the music down here, the warm and welcoming attitude… there’s so much to love about the Fleurieu. It’s very much a place with its own distinct personality and the more often I come here, the harder it is to go back to the big smoke!”
Peter is a passionate and hugely successful performing artist - with 22 releases, including seven gold and two platinum albums, plus three ARIA awards to his credit.
Peter has now entertained more than one generation of children, and now not only plays to packed audiences of kids - also to sell-out Fringe seasons packed with now adults who grew up with his music and now sing-along with him in shows around Australia
"Peter Combe is no stranger to our part of the world, having had a holiday home here for some 25 years - and we are thrilled that he loves our region" says festival board Chairman, Greg Mackie.
In Peter's own words:
"Since about 1989 my wife and 4 children and more recently, grand children, have spent much of January, holidaying at Carrickalinga, plus, when my schedule allows, assorted weekends during the year."
"It's the perfect place to unwind, the swimming is unsurpassed, the people warm and friendly and the Fleurieu Peninsula beautiful. It's one of South Australia's jewels in the crown."
"It's also been wonderful over this period of time to observe the blossoming of the arts scene - both musical and visual. And being a bit a bit of a foodie, there are now many great places to eat at. When I go interstate, the patriotic part of me wants to sing the praises of this gorgeous part of South Australia - and the other to keep it as a secret to be discovered!"