Heritage Fleurieu Coast
The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival is a biennial Festival showcasing the rich and diverse heritage of the Fleurieu Coast. Initiated by the Yankalilla District Historical Society the first festival was held in 2018 with the aim to promote and share our indigenous, environmental, built and community heritage.
Enjoy Festival events celebrating our region's heritage. Held during the month of May to coincide with the statewide S.A History Festival, May 2024 is shaping up to be a month filled with interesting events, displays, guided walks and talks, with the launch event on Sunday 5 May. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
2024 Festival Launch
Join us Sunday May 5 2024 at the Inman Valley Memorial Hall to open the Festival and to launch the booklet ‘Old Inman Valley’ by Margaret Morgan. The next publication in the series produced by the Yankalilla District Historical Society
HERITAGE FLEURIEU COAST 2024
HERITAGE FLEURIEU COAST 2022
The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival 2022 was awarded Community Event of the Year by the District Council of Yankalilla Council. The Award was presented to YDHS President Sue Speck at the Australia Day Ceremony on 26 January 2023.
From the launch in Myponga where Vanessa the cow won the hearts of all, through to the intense concentration of those learning traditional weaving at the Yankalilla Showgrounds, the award winning 2022 Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival offered a truly diverse and exhilarating experience for all. The geographical diversity of the region was celebrated, with events not only in our main townships of Normanville and Yankalilla but further afield at Myponga, Ingalalla Falls, Second Valley, Wirrina Cove, Inman Valley, Silverton and Delamere. Several events honoured the region’s indigenous heritage with music performed by Indigenous composer Cheryl van Wageningen at the launch (watch out for Cheryl in the 2024 program). and the thought-provoking and challenging, standing-room-only Named Aboriginal Places presentation at Sanders Hall Yankalilla. And many other events and displays enjoyed by all!
HERITAGE FLEURIEU COAST 2018
In August 2017 a public meeting was held to support the idea of a local Heritage Festival every two years, in conjunction with the South Australian History Trust Festival, for the month of May. The name reflects the District Council of Yankalilla signage ‘Fleurieu Coast' and the word 'Heritage' to suggest a broad interpretation of history.
The inaugural Heritage Fleurieu Coast Program 2018 was a tremendous success. The opening event at the Yankalilla Historical Museum was a great start to the Festival, with many fascinating displays, musical items, demonstrations (including the forge in operation), as well as the official speeches.
The inaugural HFC Festival launch was also the SA History Trust Regional Launch.
Other memorable events included the bus trip around Myponga and Myponga Beach (so popular that a second bus had to be hired to cater for the number of bookings).
Also popular was an archaeological dig at Bald Hills (120 people attending over the two days), and the rededication of the historic Garnet Kelly Reserve. There were also many talks, displays, a play and concerts enjoyed by all.