Saturday 9 October

A community event to showcase local talent, celebrate our recovery journeys and resilience and raise funds for a community project – a new play space at the Parndana Community Children’s Centre.

The night started with ‘I’m still me’ by young award-winning local film maker Isaac Doman sharing the story of island resident Jen Stevens living with Parkinson disease and dementia.

Poetry readings by Priscilla Thomas, Daniel Clarke and Gaynor Bowden. All three of these beautiful and brave islanders took to the stage, for some the first time ever, to share with us their thoughts on and journeys through fires, blue gum plague and remote living.

Local residents and business owners Maren and Yale Norris (from The Islander Estate) and Craig Wickham (from Exceptional Kangaroo Island) spoke about the challenges they have had to face through fires and then the pandemic, and the way they had to adapt, reinvent and diversify their businesses showing extreme resilience when faced with adversity.

‘Little Human’ Shakira Tremaine presented her short documentary film about her mother Maribel and her brave move from the Phillipines to Australia a few years back, facing a new world with very little English.

The island premiere screening of documentary film ‘Island to Outback’ by en plein air films capturing 12 local island artists, their individual talents and journey to the heart of Australia.

A few impressions from the night: