The 2014 Festival program is our most ambitious yet - but this year, is the 10th anniversary of our annual celebration of creativity in the Macedon Ranges, so we've pulled out all the stops.

Of course, there's Opening Night Fireworks on Friday 6 June, and a program which includes many other free events.

 This year includes an opera - Jacopo Peri's Eurdice, revisioned by John O'Donnell in four performances. It's a rare chance to experience opera right here in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, with world class performers (including the stunning Jacqueline Porter featured on our program cover).  

We also have the return of a performance of Peter and the Wolf – with Max Gillies and the Scotch College Orchestra, and a musical program which includes the Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet (Brazil) visitng Australian for the Koehne String Quartet from Vienna, virtuoso cellist Li-Wei Quin from Singapore and baroque harpist Maria-Christina Cleary from France, and a Festival favourite, Italian violinist, Davide Monte.  

The popular literary program includes the erudite and outspoken David Marr from Sydney in discussion with Margaret Simons on high profile biographies, and the best selling Graeme Simion (The Rosie Project) on achieving fame and a Hollywood contract. 

We examine the future of journalism with Rachel Buchanan, Tim Dunlop and Sally Warhaft, and the role of romance fiction in our daily lives in a a panel which includes four romance writers.

The visual arts program features acclaimed local artist Mary Larnach-Jones, John York and the Macedon Ranges Art Group, Jill River’s Daylesford and Macedon Ranges Open Studios and the return of the Macedon Ranges Potters.

And this year, as part of ensuring the program includes and engages young people, we also have our schools programs, the traditional Woodend Library Children's event and for the first time, the 2014 Young Writers' Award.

Join us to celebrate 10 years of commitment, dedication and celebration to the arts - music, opera, ideas, writing, books and art.

We can't wait to see you there.



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