Whyalla’s inaugural uneARTh Festival has been a resounding success, with an estimated 7000 people passing through the gates of the Ada Ryan Gardens to enjoy a diverse range of entertainment and activities.
The Ada Ryan Gardens came alive on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, with a variety of market and food stalls, colourful decorations, and lively entertainment.
Day one of the evetnt featured a wonderful range of Adelaide Fringe acts, from catchy cabaret performances, to jaw-dropping circus tricks.
The second day was a showcase of the wonderful local talent that Whyalla boasts, with a great array of local performers showcasing their skills.
Scheduled workshops throughout the two day event were a massive hit, with many enthusiastic festival goers enjoying a ukulele workshop with Adelaide Fringe performer Anya Anastasia, a circus workshop with Time In Space, and a Bollywood dance workshop with local Indian dance group, Namaste.
A free community bus enabled all members of the community to attend the event, with more than 200 patrons utilizing the service.
Whyalla’s second Rainbow Run was also a great success, attracting more than 1200 enthusiastic particiapnts to take part in the colourful event.
Whyalla mayor Lyn Breuer said she was thrilled by the success of Whyalla’s first uneARTh Festival.
“Whyalla’s first uneARTh Festival has been a great success; everywhere I looked there were smiling faces enjoying the wonderful range of entertainment and activities on offer,” Ms Breuer said.
“We were blessed with incredible weather, and the Ada Ryan Gardens looked magnificent both during the day and at night, giving off a wonderful ‘festival’ vibe.
Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said the festival was a ‘magnificent’ two-day event.
“A lot of people came down for the entertainment and the stalls which was good to see, a lot of the artists had high praise for the setup here,” he said.
“I think the festival easily has the potential to become an annual event.”
A motion to thank the organisers of the event was passed unanimously at Tuesday’s council meeting.