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The Official Programme of the 16th Biennial Kernewek Lowender is headed as the World's Largest Cornish Festival at Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

Indeed, it is contained over 50 listed festivities and venues where visitors could enter into the magnificent fellowship and hospitality offered, but there were many other unlisted places of interest for everyone. There were exhibitions of art and displays of various kinds (cross stitch, quilting, wall hangings and so on), expressions of nature in ikebana displays, Cornish Language lessons.

There were family history group meetings, writers' events, a Cornish Association History Seminar, heritage walking trails and walks through history, sports events such as golf and croquet, Kernow Choir and country music concerts, the village green fair, maypole dances, furry dances, May Queen entrants and winners. The festivities were given an Official Opening on Saturday, 17 May, by the Governor of South Australia, Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AO, C.V.O., M.B.E.

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[Left] At the Quilt Exhibition in Kadina Town Hall
The Sailing Ships of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin meet in Encounter Bay.
[Right] At the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kadina
Ikebana Arrangements in Expressions of Nature
Epiphany, Allium Head with Silver Reeds, Skeletonised Cactus and Iris.

A static display of model aeroplanes were shown much to the delight of many young people. A Cavalcade of Cars and Motorcycles started out from marshalling yards in Wallaroo, proceeding from thence to Moonta and its suburbs and on to Kadina. The cavalcade included cars and motorbikes from the early 20th Century, many in beautiful condition, down to the present day vehicles of everyday and grand varieties. Trucks, ambulances, fire engines (of all ages) made up the spectacular array. There was a Military Band Concert, a recital on the 1855 Heritage Pipe Organ at All Saints Anglican Church in Moonta, and traditional Methodist Church Services at Moonta and at Moonta Mines.

One important item in the programme was The Gathering of the Bards of Cornwall in Queens Square, Moonta at 3.00 pm on Saturday, 17 May. Blue-robed Bards from Cornwall, all parts of Australia and some from elsewhere overseas took part in a ceremony featuring the Cornish Language. The Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd led the celebrations. You can see more of this Gathering of the Bards by clicking on this link.

On Monday, 19 May, there was one of South Australia's best regional street parades, featuring many floats amongst which were traditional mining floats with many a humorous theme. The procession travelled along the Moonta township streets and finished at Moonta Oval where the Fer Kernewek, a traditional Cornish country fair, opened its gates to the crowds of visitors and children. It had pasty making competitions, childrens' games, CornisWheelbarrowow Races, Bands, the Kernow Choir, AFL footballers and the many sideshows. Fortunately the wet weather held off for much of the day.

Presidential Welcome

The President Kernewek Lowender, Paul Thomas (Mayor of North Yorke Peninsula Council), extended his warmest greetings to all of those who had visited the 2003 festivities. He indicated that in the past 32 years of such festivities, the population and community wealth of the area had grown, much in part to the success of Kernewek Lowender. He stressed how recent events around the world had emphasised for all, the value of peace, friendship and fellowship in our lives more highly than ever. Australia is one the safest and most culturally diverse countries in the world. Its history is one of peaceful assimilation of those from other cultures. The Copper Coast is no different, the Celts having forged our foundation.

The Kernewek Lowender has maintained those qualities and traditions and he asked everyone to join in and enjoy the festivities, assuring us all that the Kernewek Lowender was the place to be in 2003! No doubt, from the applause, everyone agreed!!

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The Fer Kernewek at Moonta Oval on Monday 19 May 2003
Described as the best Cornish Country Fair in Australia.
Pasty making competitions, childrens' games, Cornish Wheelbarrow Races, Bands, the Kernow Choir and AFL Footballers.
Naturally, traditional Cornish Pasties were on sale!

We could not possibly show all the events that went on around the Copper Triangle of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo but there were some very pleased and happy faces on visitors, adults and children, everywhere we went. The Fer Kernewek rounded it all off for everyone.

You can go to Gathering of the Bards for another look,
You can go on to A Cornish Mill, a chance meeting at Fer Kernwek.
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