Down by the River

Presented by: Semaphore Music Festival

Genre: Folk

Semaphore Music Festival 2019 presents ‘Down by the River’ during Umbrella: Winter City Sounds featuring Frank Yamma, Vonda Last and Corey Theatre in a performance that celebrates UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. ‘Down by the River’ songwriters tell their stories with authenticity, connecting people to place and community.

These important Aboriginal artists will explore narratives around connection to country and family, merging cultures, friendship, transformation and reconciliation. The event on Saturday 27 July at 2pm embraces cultural maintenance through storytelling, songwriting and language revival.

The inaugural ‘Down by the River’ will be held on the weekend of the Semaphore Music Festival October 4 – 7, 2019 at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide.


  • July 27, 2019


Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Address: 253 Grenfell Street , Adelaide SA 5000

Wheelchair access: Yes

Session / Price:

27 Jul at 2pm Full Price $18.00
Concession $13.00

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The Semaphore Music Festival has grown since the inaugural event in 2005, to four nights and three days of concerts presenting live music to a niche market of music lovers. It is held annually over the Labour Day Long Weekend, 4 – 7 October, 2019, in Semaphore/Port Adelaide venues. The SMF develops artists’ skills giving them performance opportunities and exposure to new audiences, as well as developing community arts and culture in the North Western Suburbs. UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages will be celebrated at Hart’s Mill, Port Adelaide as a part of the SMF19, with performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait dancers and songwriters in the inaugural ‘Down by the River’. The launch on 27 July features Frank Yamma, Vonda Last & Corey Theatre in concert at Tandanya.