The Garden Party is a much-loved festival tradition bringing together the entire community for an entertaining day awash with puppets and poetry, laughter and song, tumblers and tricks, cheeky acts and acrobats.
Charlie Siem is one of Britain’s brightest international classical violin sensations. In his 2017 Castlemaine State Festival and inaugural Australian appearance, Charlie will be accompanied by Pianist Ying Ho.
Carnatic – Indian Choir and Instrumental Orchestra
This special one-off Festival performance will fill Castlemaine’s Town Hall with all the colour and transcendental potential one might expect from a large choir and classical Indian orchestra, performing traditional works that are regarded as divine.
A thoughtfully curated program of Filipino films, assembled specifically for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, providing unique insight into Philippine cinema and the country’s eventful and intriguing past. (Image from film Thy Womb)
Bowie Bookathon is a commemoration and sharing of David Bowie’s taste in literature. To celebrate his ultimate booklist and the legendary man himself, we have set ourselves the challenge of reading as many of Bowie’s favourite reads as possible.
Bhupalam Raga (India Dawn) is a form of pentatonic northern Indian music customarily played at dawn. This uniquely exquisite welcome to the day is designed to awaken the senses with the meditative and spiritual sounds of Mohan veena (slide guitar), sitar, Indian flute and tabla.
Between 8 and 9 is an immersive contemporary performance work that includes voices, electronics and instruments. A collaboration between Melbourne’s Chamber Made Opera and artists from Chengdu’s Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
Award-winning hip hop choreographer Robby Graham joins the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival as one of a number of internationally respected artists and mentors working with students at the Castlemaine Secondary College.
Featuring an internationally renowned line-up that traverses The Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia, the Senegambian Jazz Band channels over 8000 years of African musical traditions and paves the way for a new African jazz genre.
Taking mining as a metaphor, artists (from places as geographically and culturally diverse as Yirrkala, Castlemaine, New Guinea and North Queensland) will explore themes implicit in the act of mineral exploration and exploitation.
This celebratory exhibition takes the viewer on a visual journey championing the creative energies of Yirrkala Print Space, at the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre, northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory
The Castlemaine State Festival, with the financial support of Segan family, once again presents the 2017 Dominique Segan Emerging Artist Mentorship, to help aspiring regional young people achieve their creative potential.