Arts & Cultural Festivals, Events & Projects

Art and cultural projects and events assist in telling and recording important stories of individuals and communities. This engenders pride, connectedness and a sense of belonging. 

The arts have a special place in relation to culture. Artistic expression and creativity are powerful ways in which we develop our cultural identities. People have always come together to sing, dance and express themselves through the arts and these shared rituals and creativity are at the heart of a strong community identity.

The City of Marion provides opportunities for all residents and visitors to participate in exciting arts and cultural development programs. These festivals, events and projects express the identity of our local area, explore new ideas and encourage cultural connections between diverse community groups including age, ability, sexuality and ethnicity.

Community capacity building projects

These projects help to strengthen and build connections in the community and to create a better understanding about the people in your local neighbourhood and community.

Arts and Culture projects encourage people to participate in creating their visions of a healthy and sustainable community through a creative, inclusive and reflective learning process.

The following arts and cultural festivals, events and projects are currently part of the City of Marion's exciting events calendar...


Marion Celebrates FestivalMarion Celebrates 2017

The Marion Celebrates festival will be returning in 2017 as a vibrant twilight street party, right in the heart of Marion.

Next year's new look festival will take place at the Marion Cultural Centre, and outside in the Plaza on Saturday 25 March 2017 from 4:00pm – 9:00pm.

This award winning, free, community festival with the theme Many Cultures, One Earth, celebrates our community diversity and spirit through market stalls, food trucks, stage and roving performances, workshops, art installations and many more activities for all ages and interests.

Marion Celebrates is a biennial event which has been running for 18 years, with 9 festivals to date at various locations in Marion. Marion Celebrates has a reputation as a family-friendly event with a focus on art and cultural experiences and sustainability for all to enjoy. Previous festivals have attracted over 5,000 visitors.

Find out more about the Marion Celebrates event.


Weaving Communities Weaving Communities

As part of Marion Celebrates Twilight Festival, Saturday 25 March, artists Laura Wills and Will Cheesman are inviting participants to spend time together making, writing, weaving, wishing, tying and rearranging plant material and found objects. In doing so, connecting with their sense of place on a number of different levels.

Weaving Communities will provide a platform of making, where people will be welcomed into a creative space to interact, chat and share ideas.

Iconic images of Australiana interweave with symbols of multiculturalism, providing references to Australia's diverse community and immigration history. Sculptures weave together, joining people and ideas.

Image credit: Weaving Communities, 2017,  Laura Wills And William Cheesman,  Digital collage 40cm x 30cm.


Art of Respect Aerosol Art Program

Are you an aspiring aerosol artist? Or do you know one? Sometimes when you want to spray it loud, it can be hard to find a legal outlet for your passion and skills.

Art of Respect provides aerosol art workshops run by professional artists, culminating in an opportunity to show off your work either in a gallery setting or as a public mural.

Find out more about our Art of Respect Program.


Square Eyes Multimedia

Square Eyes is a program working in various aspects of film, photography and multimedia. In the past, the program has:

  • Programmed the original Square Eyes screen located in the Marion Cultural Centre foyer.
  • Made short films, animations and music clips to screen publicly at the 'Square Eyes Cafe' in the Marion Cultural Centre theatre.
  • Worked with community groups in producing short films to tell a story, document or promote their services/activities.
  • Coordinated short film and music events.
  • Facilitated film making / editing, and digital storytelling workshops and events.

The Square Eyes program encourages and invites anyone with a love for visual imagery, a curiosity to create or learn, or something to express.
It is not only for artists, filmmakers, photographers... but also for community groups, schools, service groups, and individuals, young or not so young.

For further information, contact the Public Art and Placemaking Officer, on 8375 6600 or

M Files online time capsule

mfiles 2014 memorable moments

The M Files website is a City of Marion Arts and Cultural Development project providing a dynamic web presence dedicated to preserving and promoting our city’s cultural heritage.

It is an easy to use, online, visual time capsule which will be regularly updated with new themes to capture and showcase our community identity and stories over time. 

We invite you to share your stories of living, working and celebrating the people, places and things in Marion both now and in the past. Help us create a digital snapshot of Marion’s living history, by being a part of our M Files online time capsule. To contribute your story visit the M Files website. You can include, photos, audio and film, oral or written stories.  

Please check back for new galleries. Prizes are offered for the best submissions when new themes and galleries launch.

For further information, contact the Arts and Cultural Development Officer, on 8375 6600 or


South Australian Living Artist (SALA) Festival

In August each year SALA captures the heart and imagination of South Australia, providing opportunities for thousands of amateur, emerging and established visual artists to reach audiences extending across more than 500 galleries, cafes, restaurants, wineries, retailers and many more spaces statewide.

The City of Marion is committed to supporting local artists, artistic expression and experiences within the the Marion area. The City of Marion is continuing its involvement with the SALA Festival by supporting and promoting emerging and professional artists involved in the event.

Council is supporting local artists taking part in the Festival by subsidising artist registrations for individuals and groups with a rebate of $120. Limited rebates are available. Be quick! First in best dressed. Artists who do not reside within Marion but who wish to register an exhibition in the Council area are also eligible to claim the rebate. Contact the Arts and Cultural Development Officer on 8375 6600 for further details on subsidy's or visit the Artist Opportunities page for further details.

For further details on SALA please see the official SALA guide or visit the SALA website.


Marion Historic Village Project

The Marion Historic Village project aims to bring people together to create a stronger sense of neighbourhood and greater recognition of the unique heritage of the Marion Historic Village.

The project is a partnership of the local community working with the City of Marion since late 2006. During that time we have developed an interpretive walking trail, a streetscape concept plan, sculptural artworks and mosaics around the Village area. It is one of a number of current City of Marion community capacity building projects which seek to improve connections, engagement and a spirit of working together with local communities.

For further information contact the Cultural Heritage Officer on 8375 6600 or


Other art and cultural projects and events

Check out more City of Marion Arts and Cultural projects and events at our Marion Cultural Centre and Living Kaurna Cultural Centre.