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That’s a WRAP!

By July 2, 2015September 13th, 2017Latest News

That’s a WRAP!

We hope you had a truly AMAZING time with us, we sure had a pile of fun putting together this grand old dame (or should we say 40 year old fit and young dame!)

We started with a BANG.. literally..

Opening Night, Big Bang, Concept & Programming: Jude Anderson, Photography: Christine Sayer

Including over 200 past and present percussion and brass players the opening night celebrations saw over 3,000 people seated at tables in the round enjoying shared picnic delights, some smooth sounds, and dancing up a storm to the Cuban delights of El Son Entero.

We moved on to some music & theatre…

Gurrong, featuring Archie Roach & the Millenium Choir, Photography: Julie Millowick


Images: Queen Cannibali by Carl Dziunka, Purgatorio by Shane Carey, Erth Dinosaur Zoo by Christine Sayer, El Son Entero by Julie Millowick

Archie Roach’s performance with the Castlemaine Millennium Choir and Band was a phenomenal highlight of the festival’s music program, Queen Cannibali and the Skull Island Orchestra filled the Theatre Royal dance floor for two nights, and El Son Entero sold out the house for every show! Purgatorio was the serious theatrical feather in our cap, with Erth Dinosaur Zoo providing thrills for all the kids in the Mount Alexander Shire as part of the Schools Program.

There were many a cultured moment to be had in the Visual Arts Program…

Images: Patrick Pound ‘ Museum of Holes’ by Elise Dutra, Slow Art Collective ‘Loomusica’ by Julie Millowick, Yutaka Kobayashi ‘Solar Mining’ by Pen Taylor. Concept and Programming – Deborah Ratliff

Patrick Pounds engaging and topical Museum of Holes took over the Castlemaine Art Gallery, and Slow Art Collective collaborated with Edgar Hechavarria Richardo from Cuba and students from the Castlemaine Secondary College to create the wonderous installation ‘Loomusica’.

We also acknowledge over 80 Open Studios & Exhibitions that took place in private homes and galleries across the region over the 10 days of the festival.

The cherry on our cake came in the form of four relaxing days of the Community Program in Victory Park and the Botanical Garden…


Images: Porcelain Punch by Shane Carey, Geraldine Quinn by Elise Dutra, Amazing Drumming Monkeys Workshop by Julie Millowick, Lords of Strut by Shane Carey, Rockie Stone ‘Dangles’ by Christine Sayer.
Concept and Programming – Angelica Clunes

The truck stage joined our fleet of cute & tiny spaces in Victory Park and Porcelain Punch warmed our vaudevillian hearts, Geraldine Quinn brought her rockstar vocals and raw humour to the party while the Amazing Drumming Monkeys performed to an enthralled mob of youngsters.

Lords of Strut made us laugh and cringe, and the Dangles brought awe and totally crazy chair-balancing-on-glass-bottles circus skills.

What an amazing 40th birthday party of celebrations, highlights and excitement!

We would also like to take this moment to acknowledge and thank our amazing team, without whom there would be no festival. You are many & varied and you all work incredibly hard and we thank you. This team includes all the festival volunteers. Each and every one of you makes our hearts go giddy-up.

If you are in Castlemaine on Saturday 11 April, pop down to the old Castlemaine Woollen Mills in Walker Street between 9am and 12noon for our post-festival garage sale. On sale will be the Poa plants from the Solar Mining installation (bring your own shovel and containers) and lots of festival goodies! The Friends of the Castlemaine State Festival will be adding some Saturday morning cheer with a BBQ.

Thanks also to everyone who has completed the survey you were emailed recently. This data feeds our grants and helps us program another feast of entertainment, so please, help us to help you. If you haven’t already done so, you have until midnight this Sunday 12 April to complete the survey and be in with a chance to win an iPad.

That my friends is well and truly a WRAP!

Signing off as Marketing Manager for the 2015 festival, it’s been an absolute BLAST!