Great Southern Festival
The GSDC helped to initiate the Great Southern Festival in 2003, and remains its Great Southern Principal Partner. The festival gives the regional community the chance to experience a wide range of world class entertainment previously not offered in regional areas, provides professional development opportunities for local artists and performers, and encourages tourists to visit the region.
The Great Southern Festival ran from 10 February to 5 March 2017 and featured performances and events at various venues in the region.
Highlights of the 201 festival included sweet vocal harmonies from South Africa’s Vuyani Ensemble, a public participation art event called the Museum of Water, and rock and soul music from Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
The 2017 Great Southern Festival also included art exhibitions, a writers’ program and a cinema selection of twelve films.
In 2012-2013 the GSDC was a finalist in the 2012 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management for the Great Southern Festival.