Fair call

Sustainability and cultural diversity were key
components of this year’s Ignatius Fair in Adelaide.


All images of the Ignatius Fair by Luke Librino.

By Jessica Mazzone, Marketing Communications Coordinator,
Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide

The annual Ignatius Fair at Saint Ignatius’ College is so much more than just a yearly event—it is testament to the values of community, generosity and hospitality that define its extended family. This year, the event was a vibrant celebration of sustainability and cultural diversity.

Held on the Senior School campus grounds on 6 April, it brought together students, parents, staff and the wider community for a day filled with food, performances, information stalls and second-hand item sales.

The fair showcased various initiatives aimed at promoting environmental awareness and responsible living. Attendees were encouraged to explore ways to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the planet for future generations.

Moreover, the fair highlighted the rich cultural tapestry of the Saint Ignatius’ College community. There was a selection of international cuisines, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of students and families within the College. Cultural performances also provided exciting entertainment on the day.

A standout feature of this year’s fair was the inaugural “Ignite with Light” event, which illuminated the walls of the Andrea Pozzo Centre for Art, Design and Technology. This stunning light projection display showcased artwork created by students from across all three campuses, impressing everyone with its creativity and innovation.

Unlike previous years, the event extended into the evening, culminating at 9:00pm. A DJ continued spinning tunes into the night, added to the wonderful atmosphere. This brought an extra element of Australian music pedigree, because the DJ was none other than Travis Demsey, formerly the drummer with The Living End.

Behind the success of the Ignatius Fair were the dedicated efforts of parent volunteers and staff, whose generosity and commitment made the event possible.  According to the President of the Parents and Friends Association, Emma Marks, their tireless contributions ensured that the day was enjoyable for all, strengthening the sense of community and belonging at the College.

“We couldn’t put on such a massive event without the help of all our volunteers and the support staff at the school,” said Ms Marks, who was recently nominated for the Catholic Education Volunteer of the Year Award. “This is our biggest event run by the Parents and Friends Committee, so to see all the volunteers pull together, with all that we have going on, shows what the spirit of our community is all about.”

With the success of this year’s fair, anticipation is already building for next year’s event, promising even greater excitement and celebration for all involved.