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KERNEWEK LOWENDER Copper Coast Cornish Festival

17-24 May 2015

The 2015 Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival official program has been released, coinciding with the opening of the festival’s new online box office. Just click on our Tickets tab and check it out!

The program of a record 60 events to run from 17-24 May is seen as one of the best ever, well catering for the 35,000 plus crowds expected to again converge on Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo in celebration of the region’s significant Cornish heritage.

New in 2015 for our 21st festival -- look out for the special commemorative Swanky label – is a comedy show in the Ascot Theatre featuring the “Kernow King” from Cornwall; “Piskey Hollow Hall” at Kadina Town Hall for very young Cousin Jacks and Jennies; a Cornish “Troyl” Dinner Dance at the Wallaroo community Sports Club; a Seafarers Bounty at Wallaroo Sailing Club; new student Art Prize categories; the Kernewek Lowender Young Ambassadors Program; and a new Dressing of the Graves event at Greens Plain cemetery.

New major sponsor Drakes Foodland is hosting the Moonta Parade & Street Party on Friday, 22 May, which, following its success in 2013, will again feature the Procession coordinated by Moonta National Trust, market stalls and stage entertainment coordinated by Moonta & District Progress Association, show rides, the Official Welcome, the great Pasty Bake-Off, and the Maypole and Furry Dances.

The big Village Green Fair is on again in Kadina on the Saturday, 23 May, to feature 100 plus stalls coordinated by the Northern Yorke Peninsula Rotary Club; the Cousin Jack and Jenny competition; the Strongman Spectacle; rotunda entertainment, show rides alley, and more Maypole and Furry Dancing.

Also back again after their debut success in 2013 are the Bonanza Concert showcase of local talent coordinated by Scott Mercer, and Lorraine Darling’s Country Music concert, this time featuring Wayne Horsburgh, Graeme Hugo and Amber Joy Poulton.

Judging by early entries, the RAA Classic Cavalcade of Cars & Motorcycles is again going to be massive on the Sunday, 24 May, to be followed by the Cavalcade Fun Fair at Kadina oval, coordinated by Rosewarnes Kadina with assistance from Kadina Football and Netball clubs, and featuring The Legends of Rock’n Roll Club.

A major committee initiative this year has been the introduction of the online booking system for 2015 ticketed events, terrific for interstate, intrastate and overseas patrons, as well as locals.

For those who wish to still purchase tickets face-to-face, the Kernewek Lowender office at the Farm Shed Museum & Tourist Centre at 50 Mines Road Kadina will be open on Saturday mornings, from 9 am – noon.

Kernewek Lowender Inc. Executive Officer Rosemary Cock thanks all three town communities for again getting behind the major biennial festival to ensure such a great program is again on offer.

“The real highlight for me is seeing literally hundreds of locals work together to put on this huge, quality event which continues to do so much for local tourism, and so well celebrates our unique Copper Coast, past and present. We’ve got a great program, so well done to everyone!”

Kernewek Lowender Inc. also thanks its sponsors, without which there would be no festival: District Council of the Copper Coast, SA Tourism Commission, Newbery Chemists, Drakes Foodland, RAA, YP Country Times, Rosewarnes, Mosel Steed, the Cornish Association of South Australia, Hood Sweeney, Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, Kadina Travel, Specsavers, NYP Quilters, and Subway.

For full program details, click on our Events and News tabs or pick up a program booklet at local visitor information centres and businesses. 


Digger the Wombat, and 2015 festival media partner, South Aussie with Cosi’s Andrew Costello, met up this week for a Cornish Pasty to check out the great 21st Kernewek Lowender program. Mark your diaries everyone – Cornish Festival is 17-24 May!

Soon schools will start planning their maypole practices, the Furry dance music has been revamped and sped up so all of our furry dancers will be thinking about getting fit, and conveners of the 60 events that will be on offer will be starting to hone in on the finer details of their planning.


Cornwall Comedian Kernow King is booking his plane for his first trip to Australia, and the acclaimed, The Borderers are also looking forward to their first Kernewek Lowender appearance. 

Our 21st Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival is set to be a special one. This unique major cultural festival for South Australia has been held biennially in the three Copper Coast towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina since 1973, routinely attracting more than 40,000 people who gather to celebrate the region’s significant Cornish heritage.

The secret of longevity for this Cornish festival (dubbed the World’s largest!) is its unique authentic week-long program of fun and feasting. Hundreds dress as Cornish Jacks and Jennies, thousands of Cornish pasties are consumed, Swanky beer is swilled, and crowds fill town squares for the spectacle that is the maypole and furry dancing.

Necks crane to view the Procession and Cavalcade of Cars & Motorcycles, and people travel thousands of miles to experience the Gathering of the Bards and the Dressing of the Graves.

The official 2015 program is now available, with the online box office opening from 1 February 2015.





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