Local talent spotlight

POP FOLK: Local musician Jack Spurling will be bringing a unique brand of pop folk to the uneARTh Festival next week.
POP FOLK: Local musician Jack Spurling will be bringing a unique brand of pop folk to the uneARTh Festival next week.

An exciting array of local talent will take to the stage for Whyalla’s inaugural uneARTh Festival over the Easter long weekend.

The council announced the colourful lineup of Adelaide Fringe acts in February, and is pleased to announce the impressive lineup of local artists that will showcase their skills through practiced performances and interactive workshops.

From rocking beats by local bands, soulful tunes and mesmerizing melodies, to hip-hop breakdowns and colourful Bollywood dancing, there will be plenty to see and do on the second day of Whyalla’s first ever uneARTh Festival.

Jackdaw: Colby Krawczyk, Riley Nicholas, Alex Robins and Kevin Stewart. PHOTO: Infinity Films

Jackdaw: Colby Krawczyk, Riley Nicholas, Alex Robins and Kevin Stewart. PHOTO: Infinity Films

You’ve probably seen JackDaw around the traps if you’re a regular at any of Whyalla’s local pubs, but you’re about to see them like never before.

JackDaw will cover a mash up of all your favourite '80s and '90s hits that will have you on your feet all night long.

You’ll be blown away by the raw talent that is Jack Spurling.

Jack’s silky vocal tone coupled with his impressive rhythmic percussive tapping and picking guitar playing style will have you mesmerised and wanting more.

Armed with his ukulele, Jack will bring to uneARTh Festival an array of impressive mash-ups as well as some of his very own material.

At just 17, Emily Rawlings is one of Whyalla’s up and coming local talents.

Backed by local musician Colby Krawcyzk from popular local band JackDaw, Emily will put her unique voice to work by transforming into a soul sister for one night only.

Playing a mixture of old and new, classic hits and contemporary indie gems Riley Nicholas is a solo acoustic musician playing the songs you love and know and perhaps introducing you to something new.

With a love of bringing people together through the magical medium that is music, you're sure to have a chilled afternoon absorbing the vibes as the afternoon sun descends into the night.

Davide Marino is a teacher by day, but over the Easter long weekend, he will transform into an accordion playing superstar.

Davide will bring a unique flare to uneARTh Festival, performing a medley of songs on his antique button accordion that are sure to have you mesmerised right up until the final note.

Whyalla Ballet School will showcase many of its talented students over the Easter Long Weekend in various performances, from roaming acts to dance pieces presented on the main stage.  

You’ll be treated to an animal parade featuring the school’s youngest students, a piece presented by more experienced dancers on the main stage, roaming tap dancers, and special interactive workshops with the students themselves.

Namaste Whyalla will bring an ethnic flare to uneARTh Festival, showcasing their Bollywood and Fusion dances.

If you’ve ever wanted to give Bollywood dancing a go, this is your chance.

Namaste Whyalla will hold a number of workshops throughout the second day of the festival, as well as showcasing their talents on the stage in a flash of colour and energy.

Get moving with Jas Heron as she presents a fun and adaptable POP Pilates workshop at uneARTh Festival.

POP Pilates is a total body, equipment-free work out that focuses on developing the core.

POP Pilates combines regular pilates with fun choreographed routines that are sure to get you loosened up for a big weekend of activity at Whyalla's first uneARTh Festival.

Local hip-hop dancer Cateline Smith will ‘Get Up’ for uneARTh Festival, when she performers her solo piece on the main stage.

With more than 10 years’ experience in hip-hop dancing, Cateline has danced at many local events, and is ready to showcase her talent at uneARTh Festival.

Solo singer/guitarist Jasmine Moder will be bringing all of your favourite country tunes to uneARTh Festival.  

In her short performing career, Jasmine has fronted many local performances, having picked up her impressive guitar playing skills in only two years.

Jasmine will have you tapping along to the likes of the Taylor Swift, Twenty One Pilots, and many more.

Whyalla Hum and Strum will have you bopping along to their catchy, feel-good tunes in no time.

Hum and Strum originated from the local University of the Third Age, with all members strumming their first chord on the ukulele only two years ago.

Hum and Strum will perform a range of catchy tunes that are sure to have you tapping your foot to the beat.

The Wondering Minstrals will have you mesmerised by their beautiful sound.

Together, Bella Bishop, Emilson Lim and Matthew Steenson make up the trio of harmonising musicians.

If you’re a fan of James Arthur, then you’ll love what Natalia Lock has in store for us.

Fourteen-year-old Natalia has been singing with Stormfront Productions for a number of years, developing her skills as a singer through various performances and regular training.

Local youth arts company D’faces of Youth Arts will offer workshops and performances throughout the day, and invites you to join them to try your hand at various performance tricks or enjoy the mayhem that ensues with clowns, actors and dancers on the workshop stage in The Chthonic Circus. 

Popular powerhouse duo Hey Jude will be rocking out to all of your favourite ‘80s hits.

Local musicians Graeme ‘Red’ Stephenson, and Judith Lawrie make up the dynamic Hey Jude, and will you on your feet with their up-tempo dance tracks.

The comprehensive schedule for the second day of uneARTh Festival will include a number of interactive workshops at a dedicated staging area, as well as plenty of exciting performances on the uneARTh main stage.

A pop-up cinema will also be screening a number of short, local films throughout the day, and is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

The ever popular Rainbow Run will also take place on Saturday, April 15, with registrations for the event opening at 12pm on the Saturday before the Rainbow Run kicks off at 4pm. Early-bird registrations can be lodged at Whyalla Public Library from Friday, March 31 until Wednesday, April 12.

In addition to the impressive lineup of local talent set to grace the stage on the second day of the uneARTh Festival, popular Adelaide band the Flaming Sambucas will be providing an electric finale to close Whyalla’s first ever uneARTh Festival.

For more information regarding the uneARTh Festival, visit www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/uneARThFestival