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Spirit Festival and Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival 2008
Project Officer Karl Telfer

Spirit Festival 2008

Spirit Festival 2008

Spirit Festival and Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival 2008

As many of you would know, the Social Inclusion Unit of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has provided 2-year funding for the introduction of an Aboriginal Cultural and Sports Festival for South Australia, one in a regional area and one in Adelaide.

The first of these Festivals was held last year in Moonta, which combined the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival with a Festival of arts, culture with additional sporting and recreational activities.

Plans were underway for this style of Festival to be held in Adelaide over the October long weekend 2008. The intention was to hold the Arts and Culture component of the Festival in Elder Park and secure venues within the City of Adelaide for the sporting components. However, it proved very difficult to secure venues at the same time and within close proximity to each other over that weekend.

It has been decided that the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival will still feature as a part of the overall Festival, but will maintain it’s tradition of being held on the October long weekend and the Spirit Festival will continue, as planned in December 2008.

Information regarding both events is provided below.

• Spirit Festival 2008
We are pleased to introduce the “Spirit Festival” - an Aboriginal Culture and Sports Festival for South Australia. The Festival has been named – Spirit Festival – in recognition of the spirit of sport, the spirit of the arts and most importantly the spirit of our people and our culture. The 2008 Spirit Festival will showcase, amongst other cultural activities, music and dance performances from high-profile artists and a market place to include Aboriginal crafts, visual arts exhibitions and traditional food tasting, with life styles and health information. Thousands of people over a two-day period will experience the world’s oldest living continuing cultures of South Australia. The Spirit Festival will be held for the first time in Adelaide, South Australia, at Elder Park and surrounding areas, over the weekend of the 13th and 14th December 2008.

• Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival 2008
The Aboriginal Football Netball Carnival will maintain its tradition and be held on the 4th and 5th October (long weekend) this year. The SANFL and Netball SA are sponsoring this event by offering their professional grounds and facilities in support of the Spirit Festival. Football players will enjoy the SANFL standard of playing field and facilities with the Football component being held at the West Adelaide Football Club. Equally the Netball players will enjoy the world-class courts and facilities offered at ETSA Park.

These facilities are within 1.9kms of each other (a 4 minute drive by car or a 10 minute walk). Transport will be provided between Richmond Oval and ETSA Park over the October long weekend, so community have more of an opportunity to see more games and to support their teams. The Transport service will stop after the last game at each venue on each day.

The Carnival will not include the add-ons such as those featuring last year at Moonta. Such add-ons (including health/careers expos and other activities such children’s rides, a marketplace etc.) can be enjoyed at the Spirit Festival in December. This will also involve come-and-try sports as part of the sporting component (e.g. golf, basketball and traditional Aboriginal games).

Volunteers will be required to support both events, and we are calling on members of the community to submit their interest in becoming a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for the Carnival and/or the Spirit Festival, please complete the attached Volunteer Registration Form and return it to Karl Telfer.

To register teams, or for further information about the Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival please contact:

For the Carnival
Attn: Scott Wilson
Phone: (08) 8362 0395
Fax: (08) 8362 0327
E: scott@adac.org.au

For further information regarding the Spirit Festival or to submit interest in becoming a volunteer please contact:

For the Spirit Festival
Attn: Karl Telfer
Phone: (08) 8362 0395
Fax: (08) 8362 0327
E: karl@adac.org.au