The primary Festival of the Hills, held from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February, has been warmly embraced by locals and guests alike.
Mayor Jan-Claire Knowledge notes the worth of the three-day sequence, stating that it has “shone a gentle on the worth of free group occasions as a vital half of the wellbeing and restoration course of from the ache and disruption of latest bushfire and pandemic occasions.”
The occasion supplied alternatives for everybody to loosen up, get well, and lift the spirits of the broader Adelaide Hills group. “Resilience, pleasure and positivity was seen and heard in every single place,” mentioned Mayor Knowledge.
“It demonstrated that those that play collectively within the good occasions will keep collectively within the troublesome occasions.”
Festival of the Hills was launched by Adelaide Hills Council with an Opening Evening Get together on the Stirling Garden.
“There was a super environment of enjoyment, full of music, gentle, color, and leisure,” mentioned Mayor Knowledge.
“It was a nice solution to embrace the spirit of Fringe below COVID restrictions, and Bamboozled Productions did a terrific job working with Council, performers, and native companies.”
On Saturday 20 February the Festival turned to the township of Lobethal, the place the Adelaide Guitar Festival curated a program of reside music in help of native companies. The music created such good spirits that it spilled out onto the road, with impromptu performances alongside the footpath.
“Suggestions from locals and guests was so good hearted and optimistic. What a super partnership with the Adelaide Guitar Festival organisers; this might be the start of a lovely relationship.” mentioned Mayor Knowledge.
To wrap up the weekend we activated hubs alongside the Amy Gillett Bikeway, from Gillman Reserve in Oakbank proper by to the Mount Torrens Oval. The climate was pleasantly sunny and gentle, and noticed a big selection of folks take to this recreation path.
“Uncover, Play Bikeway! was a celebration of the enjoyment of bike using, with market stalls, leisure and bikes for rent or carry your individual, with a give attention to biking security too,” mentioned Mayor Knowledge.
“It’s a fabulous solution to join the communities of Oakbank, Woodside, Charelston and Mount Torrens, and exhibit the pure magnificence of the panorama.”
Current on the Woody Trails BMX hub on the day was Mary and Denis Protected, mother and father of the path’s namesake, Amy Gillett. Mary and Denis had been delighted with the quantity of folks travelling by the house and spoke with numerous folks about Amy, the Bikeway, and bike security.
We additionally partnered with them to ask for concepts in regards to the coming extension for the Bikeway; you possibly can nonetheless give your suggestions on-line.
Briefly, the Festival of the Hills has been deemed a success. As acknowledged by Mayor Knowledge:
“It strengthened what a protected and related group the Adelaide Hills is to reside in, how proud locals are to share their group areas, and the way bold they’re to do all of it once more a while quickly!”
Thanks to everybody who was concerned on this bold weekend, from guests, to performers, distributors, volunteers, contractors, and Adelaide Hills Council employees.