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Six months to go – Party or panic?!

By September 24, 2012September 12th, 2017Latest News

We have entered the 6-month countdown to the start of the Castlemaine State Festival!!! With a strong program, packed full of exciting and diverse events, we have chosen NOT to panic, but instead to get ready for the party.

The 2013 Castlemaine State Festival program will be launched in Castlemaine on Wednesday 12 December, so start saving your pennies (Australian currency only please) as tickets sell out quickly. If you want the chance to get in early on ticket purchases, sign up to be an official FRIEND of the Festival (form available HERE). Additional benefits for FRIENDS include priority booking on tickets and a pre-launch sneak peek at the program.


Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner!

A locally produced piece of theatre to be set amidst the treetops of Vaughan Springs Reserve has won the 2012 George Fairfax New Theatre Award. Quarteracreblock’s play The Republic of Trees: a tale between earth and sky is based on an Italo Calvino novel about a boy who leaves his home and lives in the trees.

Director/Producer Dan Mitchell has been developing the work for 20 years. “Convincing folk to stage a piece of theatre among foliage was not an easy pitch. I have trouble convincing people it is do-able, but I work in an area where you do the impossible,” he said. The show will have its World Premiere at the 2013 Castlemaine State Festival, and will be a promenade-style arboreal theatre experience, with the audience following the story as it unfolds amongst the treescape. “The audience will have to come ready for an adventure,” Mr Mitchell said. “The show will start at sunset and finish in the dark. It’s going to be very elemental.”

AUDITIONS for local actors will soon be held for The Republic of Trees.
Dates will be advised on the Festival website.


The Festival is excited to announce a new creative space to be programmed for the 2013 Festival.  Along with many other surprising locations to present and experience art, we are delighted to announce that the Visual Arts Program will inhabit the former Hunt & Lobb building on Forest Street, Castlemaine. Hunt & Lobb is a prominent site in town and is inspiring some wonderful new artistic possibilities for the Festival. We look forward to what will unfold though our collaboration with regional Victorian artists. We will be holding some working bees in the future to scrub up Hunt & Lobb, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re keen to help.


Front Facade, Hunt & Lobb

There is considerable community kudos for the generous organisations that choose to support the Festival as sponsors. The Castlemaine State Festival would like to sincerely thank and acknowledge the local sponsors who have recently confirmed their support for the 2013 Festival – your contributions are vital to the realisation of our Festival. We encourage you to thank them with your patronage.

  • Mount Alexander Shire
  • Castlemaine Secondary College
  • La Trobe University
  • Friends of the (Castlemaine) Festival
  • Vossloh Cogifer
  • Flowserve
  • Waller Realty
  • Mount Alexander Funerals
  • Castlemaine Rotary Club
  • Maldon and District Community Bank
  • Griffin Conveyancing
  • Robert Bent Position Partners
  • Midland Rises

We rely on the support of sponsors and patrons to realise our artistic vision for the 2013 event. If you would like to know more about how you can support the Festival, please contact Angelica Clunes on (03) 5472 3733.

On Sunday 7 October the Friends of the Festival will be holding a Valuation Day in conjunction with Joel’s Auctions. Joel’s will send a team of three experts who will be on hand to provide valuations on your treasured items. The event will be held at Castlemaine Town Hall from 11am to 4pm with morning/afternoon teas and light lunch available.


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172 days until March 15th 2013
a Friday 5 months and 19 days from today…

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