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The Adelaide Peace Markets began in 2011 to celebrate and promote the importance of building and maintaining community in our world. They are held in a pleasant wooded nature reserve called Warriparinga, once known as Laffers Triangle after its owner in colonial times.
Despite comments on their Facebook page, the markets are not near the corner of Sturt and Marion Roads, but rather accessed via Warriparinga Way off Sturt Rd. You will know you're in the right area as you pass the the forest of tree trunks artwork.
I went to the markets on a cold and showery day, which coupled with the poor directions was not perhaps the best time to see them at their best. Despite this there was a band playing music, dancing and people enjoying the produce from the stalls.
Warriparinga makes a great setting, it was very pleasant in a clearing surrounded by tall gums. Most of the people I saw looked a little alternative, but there seemed a strong sense of community with lots of social interaction and everyone was joining in and taking part in the fun.
There were a variety of stalls - I think the most unusual was a Dread Whisperer offering Dreadmaking, maintenance and various hair related accessories. Another displayed a colourful range of crafts from Bangladesh, while a Reiki practitioner was available to heal your inner self.
While the band was taking a break I took the opportunity (like others) to explore the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre nearby. A short distance away some kids were paddling in the Sturt River which traverses the Warraparinga Wetlands.
As the next blustery shower came in, I hurried to my car. Hopefully the weather will be better next time!