UneARTh continues to grow

Whyalla's premiere arts festival is on this weekend, bringing a blend of music, acrobatics, performance art and comedy to the Ada Ryan Gardens.

This year promises to have a lot more on offer than previous years, as the award-winning event continues to gain momentum, popularity and professionalism.

Event Organiser Cara Hume is bringing extra events, an extra day of celebrations over the Easter weekend and an organisational model that is pushing the festival towards self-sustainability.

For the first time other community groups are coming together to bring their own events to life in conjunction with the uneARTh Festival and support from the Whyalla City Council.

The Whyalla Tourism Focus Group and BiS is bringing an extra day of celebrations with the creation of a 'Lazy Sunday' event which you can read all about on page 7.

A wider range of food and market stalls will be on offer and the licensed bar area will be expanded as part of the strategy for a sustainable festival for years to come.

Below are some of the highlights you should definitely check out while you're out and about at the gardens.

Thirsty Merc

The summertime rockers will be lighting up the uneARTh stage as the Friday night headliners.

Being described as one of Australia's finest live acts, Rai Thistlethwayte (vocals), Phil Stack (bass) and Matt Smith (guitar) are keen to rock Whyalla with their hits "Summertime", "Someday Someday" and "20 Good Reasons". They take the stage at 8:30pm.

Mickey D and Boo

International comedian Mickey D will combine his hilarious stand-up comedy with the award-winning cabaret comedy of Boo Dwyer when they MC the uneARTh Festival.

The powerhouse couple have packed up the kids and an esky of jokes and songs, and look forward to being your hosts, your new mates and your extended family for the Easter Weekend.

Abbey Howlett

After appearing at WOMADelaide in 2018 Abbey has created a fresh brew of elemental pop. The two-time SA Music award winner follows the nature of biology through her sound and performance.

Abbey will be challenging the role humans play in the world and women play in society. Her show is on Saturday at 5pm.

Local acts

We don't want to only focus on the out-of-town performers - as there's plenty of talent right here in Whyalla.

The Whyalla Ballet School will showcase its talented students during two performances on Friday at 12:30pm and 4:30pm, while local band Karma and the Jester are bringing their bluesy music to the festival on the same day at 1:30pm.

Local band Alterdrive will be playing a range of hard-hitting alternative and hard rock on Friday at 5:30pm.

The fan-favourite Rainbow Run will be held on Saturday at 12pm on the Whyalla Foreshore. You can register at the UneARTh Festival on Friday or Saturday at the foreshore.

A unique, old-style camera camera will be available at the festival featuring a number of photos of Whyalla's early years.

The community is encouraged to bring photos of themselves growing up taken in front of Whyalla landmarks to the festival.

For a full rundown of all the performers and the times they will take the stage, head to www.whyalla.com/unearthprogram.