Skip to main content

365 Days to Go!

By March 15, 2012September 12th, 2017Latest News

With only 365 Days until 2013 Castlemaine State Festival – let the Countdown begin!

Mark it in your diary: 15 – 24 March 2013

It is exactly ONE YEAR to the day until the next Castlemaine State Festival so we thought that this would be the PERFECT time to say hello again, and share with you some of our plans for our 2013 Festival.

The full Festival team is now on board, and we are delighted to welcome back to the helm Festival Director, Martin Paten. Martin returns to his director’s chair after an extensive exploration of regionally located festivals in Europe, where he experienced new and inspiring performances that have fed ideas for the 2013 Castlemaine State Festival. Martin also promoted our wonderful event to international audiences.

Watch this space – as Martin’s plans for enthralling art experiences come to fruition. The 2013 Festival is creating new festival venues and is exploring ways in which to integrate sculptural installations into its performance spaces, creating immersive art experiences for all festival-goers.

HOT OFF THE PRESS is the 2013 Festival theme ‘Elemental:’
The Festival has received over 60 expressions of interests from local artists in response to this Festival theme. Martin Paten and his creative and curatorial support team including Jude Anderson, Krista Horbatiuk, Terence Jaensch and Deborah Ratliff are selecting community and multi-artform work from these proposals to form part of the core program.

HELP AND SUPPORT: The 2013 Festival will, as always, include a number of free public events, and we ask for your ongoing support for these initiatives. This support could come in the form of small donations, larger sponsorships, volunteerism and continued patronage. Every bit helps, and if you can help us, please contact our Friends of the Castlemaine Festival and Patrons Manager, Val Victor-Gordon at

TALK TO US: We have kick-started our Social Media communications again, so please communicate with us and LIKE us on Facebook (by clicking the ‘Like’ button) – to help raise our social media profile further.

FOLLOW US on Twitter:!/statefestival



And, most importantly,

LOCK IN THE FESTIVAL DATES, 15 – 24 March 2013.
2011 Opening Night Pageant, Photo by Julie Millowick

This is one of our favourite photos from 2011. If you have any great images from the 2011 Festival, we’d love to see them. Send through links if you have them to the email above.

That’s all for now, stay in touch!
Castlemaine State Festival

YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED:  ARTS OPEN April 26 – 29. A fantastic opportunity to visit the artists of Castlemaine and district on the alternate year to the Castlemaine State Festival. Over 45 Artists will open up their studios or exhibit their work in selected venues and Galleries throughout Mount Alexander Shire. For more information go to the ARTS OPEN website at

GLOBAL GARDENS FESTIVAL: This Sunday 18 March at the Guildford Hotel. Gates open at 12 noon, music and dance will run from 1-8pm and there will be fun for the kids with instrument making workshops from 12:30-3pm.

You can go to the website for a full line up of acts