14 Feb 2024

Salt Festival program showcases Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula will once again play host to the SALT Festival, attracting visitors to the region from all over South Australia and beyond.

SALT Festival 2024 is supported by the South Australian Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Regional Event Fund.

Since its establishment in 2017, the festival has been a launch pad for creativity, innovation and ideas, providing a platform for an array of acts, activities and experiences.

This year’s program features more than 100 events in a program spanning 10 days including a world premiere from Patch Theatre, the powerhouse vocalist and Fringe Emerging Artists Award winner Charlee Watt, a stand-up comedy hour in The Tony Abalone Variety Hour, Australia's favourite kid's puppet show in the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, and the multi award-winning Comfort Food Cabaret headlined by Australia’s singing cook Michelle Pearson.

Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries and National Parks allows participants to embark on a series of snorkelling and wildlife tours, exploring the beautiful natural wonders of the local environment of the Southern Eyre Peninsula.

SALT Festival recently won silver in the Festivals & Events category at the South Australian Tourism Awards presented by the Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA).

It was also ranked at number 5 in the top 25 events on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.

The latest data reveals visitors to the Eyre Peninsula injected $535 million to the local economy in the 12 months ending in September, highlighting the importance of regional events to South Australia.

SALT Festival 2024 will run from 18-29 April and is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors.

Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said SALT Festival reflects the vibrancy of the spectacular Eyre Peninsula and this year’s program includes a wonderful array of events and performances.

"From musicians, exhibitions and workshops to extraordinary wildlife tours – there really is something for everyone," Minister Bettison said. 

"Events and festivals play a vital role in our state’s visitor economy, which is why the State Government is keen to support them."

Southern Eyre Arts Chair, Jack Ritchie said the funding support offered through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Regional Events Fund will provide a great boost to SALT Festival’s ability to connect with its audience and attract people from the region, the state and the nation, to visit the region and enjoy a taste of SALT.