Boost for regional events and festivals

More than 30 South Australian regional events and festivals have today received a financial boost with $369,000 of funding announced across the state.

The South Australian Tourism Commission has confirmed 32 events across the state – including a rodeo, several food and wine festivals and a dingy race – will be supported under its Regional Events & Festivals Program.

The annual event funding provides financial and marketing support to tourism events that generate an increase in visitation to and throughout South Australia and lift the profile of the state’s tourism regions beyond the specific region they are held in.

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the funding would assist regional South Australian communities looking forward to some sense of normality, and to help plan ahead.

“Clearly COVID-19, and even the bushfires early in the year, has impacted regional South Australia, with community events and festivals being cancelled or postponed, so it is positive news that we can today look ahead and plan for the next 12 months,” he said.

“The successful applicants cover a very broad cross-section of sporting, cultural, gourmet and the arts – a great snap-shot of all the creative and innovative events South Australia is renowned for.”

Applications are assessed to ensure they align with the South Australian Tourism Plan 2030, the Regional Visitors Strategy and contribute to the state’s $7.8 billion visitor economy.

The funding is from two programs – the Regional Events & Festivals Program, which aims to generating an increase in tourism activity and does not have a maximum funded amount per event, and the Community Events Development Fund, which is aimed at smaller, community-based events that have the potential to grow into a regional tourism event, with a maximum grant of $5,000 per event.

Applications for the 2020/21 program opened on 31 January 2020 and closed on Friday 1 May, with the closing date for applications extended this year due to COVID-19.

Of the 32 events that will receive sponsorship in 2020/21, a total of eight are under the Community Events Development Fund and 24 are under the Regional Events & Festivals Program.

See below, the full list of events receiving funding in 2021-21 Regional Events & Festivals Program:

Event Date Region
Pines Enduro 25-27 September 2020 Limestone Coast
Bay to Birdwood 27 September 2020 Adelaide Hills
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations 1-31 October 2020 Limestone Coast
Riverland Food & Wine Festival 17 & 18 October 2020 Riverland
Feast Festival 7-29 November 2020 Adelaide CBD and surrounds
All Steamed Up 21 & 22 November 2020 Murray River, Lakes & Coorong
Rodeo by the Sea 28 November 2020 Eyre Peninsula
Bay Sheffield 25-27 December 2020 Adelaide
Crush Festival 23-24 January 2021 Adelaide Hills
Tunarama 23-26 January 2021 Eyre Peninsula
Riverland Dinghy Club Championships February 2021 (dates TBC) Riverland
Kangaroo Island Sealink Cup Carnival 18-20 February 2021 Kangaroo Island
Bay Escape 20 February 2021 Limestone Coast
Fringe in Mount Gambier 19-28 March 2021 Limestone Coast
Oakbank Week 28 March – 3 April 2021 Adelaide Hills
Clare Valley Easter Races 3 April 2021 Clare Valley
Seafood on Spencer 4 April 2021 Yorke Peninsula
Colour Tumby Bay 9-11 April 2021 Eyre Peninsula
Barossa Vintage Festival (biennial) 14-18 April 2021 Barossa
SALT Festival 16-25 April 2021 Eyre Peninsula
SA Wooden Boast Festival (biennial) 17 & 18 April 2021 Fleurieu Peninsula
Generations in Jazz 30 April – 2 May 2021 Limestone Coast
Kangaroo Island Running Festival 1 May 2021 Kangaroo Island
True Grit 7 & 8 May 2021 Riverland
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend May 2021 (dates TBC) Clare Valley
Kernewek Lowender (biennial) 17-23 May 2021 Yorke Peninsula
Coober Pedy Opal Festival 18-20 June 2021 Flinders Ranges and Outback
500 Miles of Music June/July 2021 (dates TBC) Flinders Ranges and Outback
Winter Reds July 2021 (dates TBC) Adelaide Hills
SALA 1-31 August 2021 State-wide
Barossa UnEarthed (BGW) 20-22 August 2021 Barossa
Oysterfest 2-4 October 2021 Eyre Peninsula
Limestone Coast

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