The Castlemaine State Festival Education Program creates points of contact and fosters collaboration between young people in our community and local, national and international artists at the peak of their practice. This facilitates a sense of connectedness and agency, on both a local and global level.

xyz[ED] Education Program Bookings NOW OPEN

A diverse and exciting program of workshops and performances are on offer for schools during the Castlemaine State Festival. Teachers self-select to tailor their own program. Places are limited so early booking is essential. Booking deadline is Friday 15 Feb. Download a booking form with more information here Primary booking form Print the form and fill it in, then scan and return to Education Coordinator Kate Stones

Call Kate on 0431 998 707 for further information

Here is the Power Point Presentation from the Education Launch on 31 Jan 2019 Edu Launch compressed

CSF 2019 Learning Guide Part 1 (Visual Artists doing workshops)

LAI CSF Learning Guide Part 2 (Art Exhbitions Recommended for Schools)

Here’s a fantastic Learning Guide for My Urrwai, 2pm at The Goods Shed My Urrwai – Education Resource FINAL


Local schools experience the Festival with 3 days of performances and workshops exclusively for schools. Teachers can tailor their individual program to suit their specific curriculum focus. Castlemaine Secondary College students participate in the Festival opening event, Equinox by Deep Soulful Sweats, encouraging and guiding audience participation. Students will work with artist Hayley West to explore rituals and create artworks. Music students will engage with national and international artists during the Festival.


This new initiative is designed to encourage families to engage with the Festival program as a family unit. Free online resources will be made available, in conjunction with special subsidised ticket packages.


The xyz[ED] Media Team is a dynamic group young people who will be reporting on Festival events and artists. During the Festival, the team members will engage directly with artists, conducting interviews and documenting events.


Local sculptor Eliza-Jane Gilchrist will deliver a specialised kinder program called ‘I wonder what goes on in there…’. The program features scope for discussion and story sharing, with a focus on language and literacy. Centred around active, sensory making and play, the program allows children to imaginatively explore the interwoven relationships that evolve in regional urban and suburban environments, whilst using environmentally sustainable recycled materials.

‘I wonder what goes on in there…’ will be exhibited at Castlemaine Art Museum, Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, open everyday during the Castlemaine Festival, 10am -5pm