Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival 2017


The Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival will be held from Friday, May 19 until Sunday, May 21.

A unique major cultural event for South Australia, the festival has been held biennially in the Copper Coast towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973.

More than 40,000 people are set to head to the region to celebrate the long-standing Cornish heritage of the towns.

Kernewek Lowender executive officer Tayla Daniel said this year’s festival was more exciting than ever and would see increased support from the local community.

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“The community is taking on more elements of the planning process, joining forces as a region and showcasing the passion and spirit of the Cornish heritage that is present in the Copper Coast to this day,” she said. 

“This year’s festival will see local community groups selling Cornish pasties, schools participating in maypole and furry dancing, and businesses dressing up in traditional Cornish attire and decorating their stores to boost the festive atmosphere.”

On Friday, the pasty bake off will see local students and guests race to make the best pasty from scratch.

Maypole dancing will commence mid-morning on the main street of Moonta, with the furry dance kicking off just after noon, before the official festival opening in Queen Square.

On Saturday the festival will bring the town of Kadina to life with maypole and furry dancing, cousin Jack and Jenny dress up competition, markets and plenty of entertainment.

The traditional ceremony gathering of the bards will be held in Wallaroo in the afternoon, which will see bards from across the globe come together for this unique ceremony spoken entirely in Cornish.

On Sunday, the RAA Rosewarnes Classic Cavalcade of Cars and Motor Cycles depart at 10am, travelling to Moonta and on to Kadina Oval.

The event attracts more than 500 motoring enthusiasts’ entries from around Australia and will line the streets with a large variety of vehicles.

Although the main events will be held across the weekend, more than 50 events have taken place throughout the region already, starting on Tuesday, May 16.

Premier Jay Weatherill will officially open this year's Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish festival.

Mr Weatherill will spend the day in Moonta, watching the procession, furry dance and maypole before officially opening proceedings in Queen Square on Friday.

"We're very excited to host the Premier and we look forward to welcoming him to the area," Ms Daniel said.


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