Arts to warm up winter

Ensemble Liaison will perform at the Woodend winter arts festival on June 9 to 12 (supplied).

Woodend Winter Arts Festival is returning to the Macedon Ranges this June with a four day program of world class performances, discussions and exciting new events.

The festival will take place over the King’s birthday long weekend on June 9 to 12, with free and ticketed events at various locations throughout Woodend.

Event founder and artistic director Jaqueline Ogeil said the event will feature some of Australia’s leading classical musicians, and greatest literary minds.

“We are thrilled to bring to the Macedon Ranges a highly diverse and engaging program of events that has been curated to cater for a wide range of tastes,” Ms Ogeil said.

“From the musical genius of performers such as Simon Tedeschi and Alma Zygier to the literary greatness of Alan Finkel [and] Peter Doherty… attendees can expect to be enthralled as they enjoy incredible performances.”

Ms Ogeil said the High Street Festa will bring the main street to life by illuminating the historic buildings with colourful projected artworks by local artist Mary Larnach-Jones.

“There will also be late night shopping [with] plenty of food options, [and] the evening will culminate with a flash mob Big Sing, as hundreds of singers join forces to perform,” she said.

“The High Street Festa is in addition to the annual fireworks display at Woodend’s Buffalo Stadium, which will this year be synchronised to popular classical music.

“Another new addition is the choral marathon featuring six choirs from across Victoria and over 200 singers for an afternoon and evening of lively and soul-stirring performances.”

The festival will also feature a words and ideas program, which will discuss challenging contemporary issues such as the clean energy crisis, climate catastrophe, pandemics, peace and war and more.


Zoe Moffatt