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Kernewek Lowender Official Opening Day and Festival

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Copper Triangle Cornish Festival Fun
Kernewek Lowender, Copper Coast, May, 2019
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Kernewek Lowender in Cornish means "Cornish Happiness" and since the Copper Triangle's first Cornish festival in 1973, Kernewek Lowender has grown into an important South Australian cultural event.

The jam-packed program features performances, workshops, arts and food and always attracts huge crowds from across the region during the six days of the festival. The festival has something to please everyone. Hundreds dress as Cornish Jacks and Jennies, thousands of Cornish pasties are consumed and crowds fill streets for the spectacle that is the maypole and furry dancing.

In 2017, the Cavalcade of Cars and Motorcycles was again a festival highlight and featured over 500 vintage cars and motorcycles travelling around the Copper Coast. Thousands more travelled miles to experience the Gathering of the Bards and the Dressing of the Graves.

Kernewek Lowender, Copper Coast, May, 2019
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The festival kicks off on Monday the 13th with events all over the Copper Triangle but the official opening day celebrations are centred on Moonta on Friday the 17th. There's also plenty of official opening day supporting events available on Friday in Wallaroo and Kadina.

Kernewek Lowender, Copper Coast, May, 2019
Image courtesy Kernewek Lowender

Some of the big events include:

Moonta Parade and Street Party
Time: Friday 17th 10.30am
Venue: George Street, Moonta
Entry Fee: Free event

A Grand Procession of floats and vibrant costumes. Featuring the renowned Band of the South Australia Police, along with other marching bands, dancers and choirs making for a spectacular sight. The parade winds its way down George Street culminating at Fer Kernewek, a traditional Cornish Fair at the Queen Square, Moonta.

Pasty Bake-Off
Time: Friday 17th following procession
Venue: George Street, Moonta
Entry Fee: Free event

The Pasty Bake-Off is staged on a truck corner George Street and Ellen Street. Local students and VIP Guests will bake-off in a race to be the first to make the best pasty from scratch. Be part of the fun and cheer on your favourite baker.

There's plenty more events across the area all weekend! Here's a couple more:

Rotary Village Fair
Time: Saturday 18th 9am 4pm
Venue: Victoria Square, Digby Street, Kadina CBD
Entry Fee: Free event

Loads of fun for the whole family. There'll be around 100 stalls to roam and enjoy with lots of local produce, food trucks, show rides and entertainment including a performance by KWM Band. Buy a traditional pasty from Northern Yorke Peninsula Rotary Club.

Furry Dance
Time: Saturday 18th 12.45pm
Venue: Kadina CBD
Entry Fee: Free event

The Furry Dance is one of the oldest traditional Cornish customs. Be a part of the crowds which line the streets to watch adults and children alike dressed in authentic costume dance and weave their way along Graves Street. It's one of the festival's most popular events.

Apex Wallaroo Street Party
Time: Saturday 18th 1pm 6 pm
Venue: Owen Terrace, Wallaroo
Entry Fee: Free event

Street parties have been a feature of Celtic village life for many years. Enjoy lively entertainment in a relaxed "beer garden" atmosphere. Wallaroo is famous for clean fresh seafood along with traditional Cornish Swanky style beer, other craft beers and local wines.

The region is full of Cornish buzz during the festival week and the local community welcomes approx. 45,000 people who join in on the festivities and celebrate the Cornish heritage of the area.

Keep up with the latest from Kernewek Lowender on social media at:

Facebook - @Kernewekcc
Instagram - @Kernewekcc
Twitter - @Kernewekcc

You can view a copy of the program here.

Kernewek Lowender, Copper Coast, May, 2019
Image courtesy Kernewek Lowender
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Why? Cornish fun for jacks and jennies
When: 17th May
Where: Copper Triangle - Yorke Peninsula
Cost: Free
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