Semaphore Music Festival is held on the October long weekend each year. Purchase your General Public Tickets for the 2019 Semaphore Music Festival. Local South Australian artists line up for Semaphore Songs.
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DEBRA THORSEN – BIOGRAPHY
Debra is a motivated Event Organiser and founder of Semaphore Music Festival and The Port Rocks who has solid experience in programming and curating live music events; contracting venues, vendors and artists; arts administration; project management; front-of-house; curating and installing visual art exhibitions; co-ordinating film festivals in Adelaide; and booking bands in Sydney and New York since 1980.
She recently delivered the fifteenth consecutive annual ‘Semaphore Music Festival’ (SMF19), a three day live music festival held over the October Long Weekend supported by City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the SA Government through Arts South Australia and Renewal SA.
The SMF19 operates from eleven venues, employing over sixty local and interstate acts, giving four casual employees, ten volunteers, over twenty vendors and contractors work. The SMF has also received and acquitted grants from SA Tourism Commission, Australia Council for the Arts, Music Development Office and philanthropic organisations over the last fifteen years.
In 2019 the SMF included a one day event titled ‘Down by the River’ celebrating UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages and featured South Australian based First Nations artists including Frank Yamma and Nancy Bates, launched in July 2019 at Tandanya National Aboriginal Institute.
Debra has curated a program including local acts presented by Renewal SA at ‘Winterfest’ in 2017 and 2018 and was invited to curate ‘Umbrella in the Port’ for Music SA. She is the currently the Production Manager of ‘Live from the Red Stage’ a live music streaming project from the Semaphore Workers Club, funded by the Music Development Office, Department of Innovation and Skills and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Debra has a B.A. (Visual Communications) Sydney College of the Arts; M.A. (Creative Arts Therapy) University of Western Sydney; B.A Hons, (Screen Studies) Flinders University and is currently studying Arts and Cultural Management at UniSA.