Published by: Nature Festival | 14-Sep-2021
Nature Festival, is returning to South Australia from the 25th of September to the 4th of October, with a huge program of events featuring an expansive array of talks, exhibitions, nature walks, workshops, bird watching and nature poetry to name only a few. From our own back gardens to the majesty of the Flinders, nature is central to who we are as South Australians and that is exactly what Nature Festival aims to celebrate.
South Australia’s 2021 Nature Festival program announces 19 successful microgrant recipients, bringing to life a range of events designed to encourage and promote engagement with nature in SA.

The Nature Festival Micro-grants, valued at $500 each, coupled with the already announced artistic grants of over $15,000, sees the festival invest more than $25,000 into the local artistic and events industry to create the biggest festival program to date.

With over 200 Nature Festival events occurring between 25th September – 4th October, the successful grant recipients highlight the breadth and depth of the festival’s programming, ranging from art workshops to foraging, First Nations food tasting to boat parties.

Presented by SA Spoken Word and hosted by Sarah Jane Justice, the ‘Be Natural Poetry Slam’ held October 2nd at Carrick Hill, will invite participants to perform a singular poem for two minutes, encouraging individuals to share their thoughts, words, and poetry around the theme of nature and what it means to them.

If you want to cruise down a river eating, drinking and dancing until your heart is content, all the while surrounded by natural riverbank beauty, then the ‘Dream Boat – Party on The Popeye’ is the pick for you. The perfect series of pop-up boat parties held on board the iconic heritage riverboat, The Popeye from October 1st – 4th.

‘Mai ngarku-ngarkunya Ngaltingga Karrawaslungka: Edible foods in Aldinga Scrub’ is a unique event with an immersive exploration of the land through a First Nations’ lens happening on September 25th and 26th. Led by Quahli Newchurch, proud Karuna, Narungga, Kokatha woman, participants will use all their senses to taste, smell, hear and see the beauty and richness of culture and Country, combined through storytelling to imagine what life was like pre-settlement.

‘Outside Outlines’ is a nature illustration workshop lead by animation/illustration artist Harrison Vial and supported by Carclew, focusing on fine line techniques and watercolour washes. Hosted at Carclew House on September 26th, participants will learn to make impressions from nature scenes around the Carclew grounds, while also learning about Indigenous plant identification from Arabana and Kokatha artist Mali Isabel.

'Multisensory First Nations’ food and storytelling with Post Dining’ will provide participants an opportunity to hear First Nations’ stories about native food and the inherent relationship between people and nature. Each guest will be individually seated and provided wireless headphones, through which a synchronised audio track will play over 30-45 minutes. The audio includes voices of Kaurna leader Jack Buckskin, Ngarrindjeri elder Mark Koolmatrie and a Post Dining narrator, guiding participants through a mindfulness drawing activity as they sample local seasonal native food (such as muntries or berries) and tea (emu bush) in the heart of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Nature Festival Director Ryan Hubbard said that being able to bring the 2021 Nature Festival program to life is a fantastic achievement but being able to do so while supporting the besieged artistic and events industry at this challenging time was also exceptionally important to the festival’s organisation committee.

“To be able to offer South Australian’s the opportunity to get out and explore the numerous amazing events on offer as part of the 2021 festival during a pandemic is a special opportunity we are currently afforded, and we are just as excited to be in a position to simultaneously support the industries in South Australia that have supported us along our journey.

“It’s humbling to be able to support such fantastic professionals and businesses who are struggling because of the pandemic and the quality of the events on the program are testament to the amazing talent and imagination that South Australia has to offer and how much they love their nature.”


  • ‘Activation of Newly Minted community produced accessible nature app’ by Claire Locke
  • ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ by Butterfly Theatre
  • ‘Be Natural Poetry Slam’ by SA Spoken Word
  • ‘Dream Boat’ pop by Endless Grooves
  • ‘Forage-Flower Mandalas’ by Bridget Minuzzo
  • ‘Flourished Nature Based OT, Forest Bathing for Weary Greenies’ and ‘Campfire’ by Bronwyn Paynter
  • ‘Mai ngarku-ngarkunya Ngaltingga Karrawaslungka: Edible foods in Aldinga Scrub’ by Liz Sanders
  • ‘Multisensory First Nations Food and Storytelling’ by Post Dining
  • ‘Nature and Literature: a walking conversation about authors and human nature’ by Ryan Underhill at Carrick Hill
  • ‘Nature Hero Micro-Awards’ by Kirst Darlaston
  • ‘Outside Outlines’ by Carclew
  • ‘Super Bloom’ by Jac Semmler
  • ‘Tour of Inspiration’ by the Goolwa to Wellington LAP
  • ‘What do you notice?’ by MOD
  • ‘Where did Fanny de Mole prepare “Wildflowers of South Australia? (pub 1861)’ by Susan Marsden
  • ‘Wildlife Treasure Hunt’ by Ferox
  • ‘Ochre Play’ by Corey Turner
  • Fire Circle Soundscape by Simone Slattery

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