07 MAY 2014


The Yankalilla district's biennial arts and cultural celebration is moving into its second decade with a new name and logo and the appointment of a respected and locally-based event coordinator.

The biennial Leafy Sea Dragon Festival has been
re-named Festival Fleurieu and Jill Langford – a jazz musician and composer – will manage the next festival in April 2015.

“We want to grow the audience and impact of the festival,” said Festival chairman Greg Mackie, a high-profile former head of Arts SA.

“Our part of the Fleurieu Peninsula is an astonishing place with a  growing community  of talented artists – and we want the rest of South Australia to know about it.

”Aside from building on the great work and successes of past festivals, we want to ensure that our whole community participates.

“I am certain Jill Langford, a talented performing artist and experienced community organiser will bring people together to create an inclusive and seductive festival program,” Mr Mackie said.

As well, a refreshed board will work hard to increase sponsorship so that the festival finds increasing audiences".

Jill Langford, a resident of Yankalilla, said she was thrilled at her appointment.

"This is a terrific gift.  I will create a festival that builds on the success of the first decade and shines a brighter light on the creativity and natural beauty of the Western Fleurieu, just an hour's drive from Adelaide's CBD."

Joining Greg Mackie on the new board are Leonard's Mill co-owner, Jane Mitchell; property consultant Jo-Anne Rowe; former festival coordinators Ian Main and Lorraine Mcloughlin; Joy Whellum as honorary administrator and respected media and communications expert, Chris Rann.

Mr Mackie said the festival program – as in the past – would be developed under Jill Langford’s leadership by a team of volunteer convenors drawn from the local community.

For more information, contact
Jill Langford on 0414 824 885.