Photo credit: Mili Wijeratne
(left to right) Peter Collyns - Qantas, Martin Paten - Castlemaine State Festival, Gary McClure - Castlemaine State Festival, Nicola Reynolds - V/Line, Ursula McGinnes - V/Line.
Castlemaine State Festival and V/Line have won a prestigious Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Award in Victoria, announced on 15 September 2009 at the Sofitel in Melbourne.
The AbaF Awards honour the best relationships between business and the arts. Castlemaine State Festival and V/Line won the QantasLink Regional Award for the best partnership that provides people in regional areas with access to arts and culture.
Castlemaine State Festival and V/Line connected regional train travel and arts events, by launching and staging the inaugural Quiet Music in Churches series this year, sponsored by V/Line. The series consisted of ten concerts in four venues over nine days, bringing world-class musicians to Castlemaine.
Scheduled in church venues within easy walking distance of V/Line's Castlemaine station, and timed to fit around V/Line's timetable, the music series increased festival attendance and outbound train travel from Melbourne.
The partnership contributed to increasing train travel to regional Victoria, and supported the Festival’s progressive efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. It is estimated that 7,500 train journeys were made by people visiting the festival.
The partners now go on to the national finals of the AbaF Awards, announced on 15 October.
2011 Castlemaine State Festival Dates
The 2011 Festival will be held from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th April 2011.
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Wrap up 2009 Festival
The Castlemaine State Festival Board and staff would like to thank the audiences, volunteers, artists, community organisations, sponsors, patrons and donors for their support of the 2009 event.
The numbers were indeed encouraging with over 48,000 attendances across all Festival events. Over 30,000 people attended the Visual Art Biennial, wandering through the iconic Castlemaine Market Building, the Continuing Education Building and many other sites across the town and surrounds. Over 8,000 people took part in the free entertainment on offer across the Festival and 4,000 children and young people attended workshops and performances. Of the 46 ticketed events, 17 sold out in advance and many others were near capacity.