Woodend Winter Arts Festival

  • Fri Jun 09 - Mon Jun 12 2017
  • Family
  • $0.00

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For more than 13 years the Woodend Winter Arts Festival has brought together acclaimed Australian and international talent with the music, literary and arts community of the stunning Macedon Ranges over the June (Queen’s Birthday) long weekend. The result is a world-class showcase of vibrant, traditional and thought-provoking performances and events in the heart of one of Victoria’s best food and wine regions.

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival was the brainchild of locals Artistic Director Jacqueline Ogeil and Committee President John O’Donnell, themselves acclaimed classical musicians with international reputations. A committee was established in 2004 to organise the first Festival in 2005 and has continued each Queen’s Birthday long weekend since.

The Festival now attracts more than 5000 visitors to the Macedon Ranges, and has grown to a program of more than 30 events over the long weekend.

The Program covers classical music, jazz or world music, literary events and visual arts, a program for young people and children and a series of free community events to ensure that it remains accessible to everyone.

The Festival’s classical music program has been broadcast nationally by the ABC Classic FM and internationally by the European Broadcasting Union. The world’s best classical musicians apply to gain selection into the program which has become widely known for the calibre of artists and performances. WWAF receives two applications a week from overseas artists keen to participate.

The Festival is a not-for-profit venture; it is funded entirely by ticket sales and sponsorship and supported by hard-working volunteers.

You can find the full program here.

Getting There

By car …

Woodend is located about 70km from Melbourne along the Calder Highway (the road to Bendigo) and is roughly half way between Bendigo and Melbourne. By car, it’s about a 50 minute drive in reasonable traffic.

From Sunbury, it’s an easy 25 minute drive.

Parking is not an issue in Woodend (although on the Festival weekends locals get a little concerned but remain friendly!). There are no parking meters and most Festival venues are within walking distance of the main shopping strips of the town.

By train …

A good proportion of the Woodend community commute regularly by train to Melbourne or Bendigo (and everywhere in between). To come by train you need to catch the Vline ‘Bendigo Line’.

Regular trains run between Woodend and Melbourne – and locals regularly use late train services to come home from concerts, dinners and sporting events in the CBD.

Because the Woodend line is a country service, our trains have fabulous conductors and comfy seats. If you’re coming to the Festival by train, bring a book, your weekend paper, some headphones and a coffee and settle in.

Check out the Vline services and fares on the day you want to travel – and be sure to catch one that stops at Woodend.

Image Credit: Woodend Winter Arts Festival





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