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.
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.
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.
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.