The South Australian Aboriginal Cultural and Sport Festival, was held at Moonta over the Labour Day holiday weekend 28th to the 30th September 2007. The new look Festival attracted funding from the Social Inclusion Unit as an initiative under The Breaking the Cycle program and also from the Australian Government Department DCITA. The festival attracted around 6,000 people over the two and half days.
THE NEW LOOK ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AND SPORT FESTIVAL The South Australian Aboriginal Cultural and Sport Festival, was held at Moonta over the Labour Day holiday weekend 28th to the 30th September 2007. The new look Festival attracted funding from the Social Inclusion Unit as an initiative under The Breaking the Cycle program and also from the Australian Government Department DCITA. The festival attracted around 6,000 people over the two and half days. The Festival kicked off at Moonta Football Oval on the Friday, where Ms Kerry Colbung, Chairperson of the Social Inclusion Board officially opened the weekend's events. MC for the night was Mr Klynton Wanganeen with other speakers including the District Council of the Copper Coast Mayor Paul Thomas and Director of ADAC Mr. Scott Wilson. This was followed by the national launch of the new AZUMA Internationals Starlight¯, Indigenous designed football boot, endorsed by ex-AFL star, Troy Bond. The Opening ceremony included dance, gospel singers and a range of Aboriginal bands including Kineman Karma, The Merge and Carroll Karpanys band Nukanya. The original plan was to have the opening culminating in a Fireworks display but due to the cold and windy night, to the delight of the crowd it began at 8.30pm. Over the next 2 days Football teams playing in 17 football matches from as far away as Yalata and the far North competed for the Winnie Branson Cup with Best on Ground at the Grand Final being awarded the inaugural Gavin Wanganeen Medal and presented by the SANFL. Not to be outdone the women were competing over the weekend for the Josie Agius Netball Cup with 16 teams playing in some 67 netball games. For the first time in the 30 year history of the SA Aboriginal Carnival one community has won both the Football and Netball grand finals with the Point Pearce Football team and the A grade Netballers triumphing at the South Australian Aboriginal Cultural and Sports Festival. The Cooper Pedy womens team won the B grade Netball Grand final. This year the event took on a different approach to Carnivals in the past and attempted to make this and future events family orientated. There was a range of youth activities over the weekend including face painting, temporary tattooing, there were rides as well as a baby animal nursery. This was further enhanced with TRI Skills setting up on the Sunday with their trampolines and a range of other activities targeted at young people. The Elders were treated to a special lunch with Carroll Karpany and band playing a range of favourites and Elders being left to continue with the help of a Karaoke machine. The event was further enhanced with over 80 young Indigenous youth participating in an AUSKICK clinic with ex AFL stars such as Che Cockatoo-Collins and both Troy and Shane Bond. Throughout the event there was health related stalls and we are hoping over the course of the Festival to have this become a bigger focus so that Indigenous youth and adults can access the information needed in bringing about life changes. Of great disappointment was the cancellation of the Big Night Outâ€¯ Presentation Dinner at the Wallaroo Town Hall. This would have been a nice way to cap off a great weekend. Up until then, all we had heard over the weekend was positive comments on how this Festival was the best. 400 tickets had been sold for the evenings event with national recording and ARIA winner Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter set to appear followed by Adelaide dance band Planet Square. At about 6.30pm we were informed via the Police that Security for the event would not be attending and therefore the event would have to be cancelled. This caused a range of turmoil as people frantically tried to arrange alternates within the hour. Unfortunately this was an impossible task and the ADAC Office Manager Helen and the Director of ADAC went to Wallaroo Town Hall to let people know that the Presentation dinner was cancelled and refunds were offered. Most people were extremely disappointed missing out on Archie but more importantly in receiving Team Best and fairest Trophies along with the naming of the State Football and Netball sides to compete in the National Carnival. So even though you can have Risk Assessment meetings with all stakeholders for months leading up to the event something such as no Security can leave well laid plans in tatters. The matter unfortunately has now gone legal and we hope that lessons learnt hosting this Festival can be translated into ensuring that the 2008 SA Aboriginal Cultural and Sports Festival to be held in Adelaide will be a better event. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact ADAC.
THE NEW LOOK ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AND SPORT FESTIVAL