December 12, 2016
Junction and the SA Community Achievement Awards have honoured the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival as the recipient of Junction's ‘Connecting Communities’ Award for 2016.
The awards were held on Friday 25 November at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide.
Junction's Connecting Communities Award honours and celebrates the exemplary achievements of community organisations that make valuable contributions to the life experiences of people in local communities.
This year there were 40 entries in this category, with the final 4 finalists being Adelaide Community Bike Workshop, The Lakelander, Waikerie Men’s Shed and the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.
The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, organised by a team of dedicated local volunteers, is held annually in May and is known as one of South Australia’s leading regional arts festivals, being the only event of its type in the region. The festival has a special community focus celebrating the literary and arts heritage of Penola and provides opportunities for local people and visitors to experience the excellence of the Arts through the involvement of local and national artists.
Junction CEO Graham Brown said the festival was an inspiring example of what can be achieved when people come together and rally others to convert a good idea into reality.
“These awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate support for communities, businesses and individuals who take steps to make South Australia a ‘Thriving State’,” Mr Brown said.
“We’re delighted to recognise Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival and all its dedicated volunteers for their achievement by presenting them with the Junction Connecting Communities Award.
“We also congratulate all finalists of the award for their tremendous efforts to strengthen their local communities.”