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Its the Final Countdown!

By May 1, 2013June 22nd, 2020CSF news, Latest News
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As we enter the final weeks before the 2013 Castlemaine State Festival, the town in abuzz with activities and preparations. It is both an exciting and crazy time as sets are built, artists prepare for exhibitions and final rehearsals start. This is when all the big ambitious ideas of the last 2 years finally come together.

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Black Diamonds, Opening Night & Fri 22nd. Image: David Marks 2012

Seven shows are already fully booked, and many more are close to selling out, so if you haven’t already finalised your tickets, now is the time!

Box Office is open Thurs – Sat, and from the 1 March it will be open every day except Sunday.

This weeks highlights of the Festival include:

WReflection-2dancersWater Reflections – award winning Danish theatre company Carte Blanche are bringing a mesmerising and magical children’s theatre piece. With reflections, mirrors, projections and special effects Water Reflections will surprise and entice, and leave you in a state of awe.
Sat 16 & Sun 17 March, 1pm and 3pm, $22 / $15

Chantes des Catacombes – guaranteed to be one of the ‘must see’ events of this years Festival. With rehearsals well underway, the haunting and beautiful voices of its performers have already been heard drifting beyond the walls of the historic Old Castlemaine Gaol. This ethereal and mystical promenade theatre is also a rare journey through this remarkable building with live music performed by The Twoks interpreting songs by Portishead, Nirvana, Laura Marling
Week 1: Fri – Sun, Week 2: Thurs – Sat – $30 / $25

The Black Diamonds – From swing, to Balkan Beats, Cumbia to Calypso, Arfo Beat to Zombie Boogaloo this band will offer you a night like no other – and that we can guarantee, as this is a once in a million, specially crafted and handpicked from the creme dela creme Festival band that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. – Lilikoi will be performing with Black Diamonds:
Limited tix still available for Opening Night Fri 15th, and also for Fri 22nd $50 Opening, $25 / $20 22nd

The Sun Songbook image 2The Sun Songbook: Music of Peter Sculthorpe – Led by Australian jazz trumpeter Phil Slater, the Sun Songbook is a modern jazz ensemble performing adaptaions and interpretations of one of Australia’s pre-eminent composers. Sculthorpe was declared a National Living Treasure in 1998, and hold and Order of Australia and the British Empire for his work as a composer.
Sunday 17 March, 8pm, $35 / $30

Collective DNA: Literature Program – Featuring a range of cross-disipline artists – writer, performers, actors, singers and dancers, the 2013 Literature Program invites you to spend time with these phenomenal artists in a series of works that explore a range of topics including:
Hairbrushes & Airguitars: featuring Justin Heazlewood
Let me hear your body talk: featuring Lachlan Plain (Artistic Director of Sanctum Theatre,             director, designer & performer)
    Declaim to Fame: featuring Rodney Croome – campaign coordinator for the Tasmanian Gay &         Lesbian Rights Group, and Australian Marriage Equality.

Voice & Co. Workshops – NINE workshops over nine days focusing on voice, noise, beat box, throat singing, sonic spaces, Sudanese women’s songs, storytelling, phonetics, body percussion, hip hop & harmonising. Workshop participants are also invited to perform at the Festival Finale in Victory Park.
16 – 23 March, $10

There are also a large range of children, family and FREE events, including:

The Grove – running over the first weekend of the Festival in Victory Park and including a range of art, food and sustainability project including: The Living Stage, Preserves Project & Long table lunch

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Cornucopia! Opening Night Street Party – and yes, the rumours are true, this HAS booked out, however if you want to get up close and amongst all the action without a ticket, why not VOLUNTEER to work on the event. Send emails to: for more information.

Generating Y – Youth day of celebration on the final Saturday in Victory Park
Festival Finale – on Sunday 23 March in Victory Park

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And at the Market Building, Thurs – Sat and everyday except Sunday in March

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24 days until March 15th 2013That’s all for now, stay in touch!

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