WWAF 2020

An announcement

2020 Woodend Winter Arts Festival postponed

It is with great sadness that the Woodend Winter Arts Festival Committee announces that the 2020 festival will be postponed as a result of the very real practical challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts we are currently feeling here in Australia.

The festival was scheduled to take place as usual over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (5 – 8 June 2020), and the program scheduling was complete. We were planning to announce the line up later this month.

We understand that regular festival attendees and locals will be disappointed, and that this is especially difficult for the artists we have engaged to perform and present; this festival has always been about creating opportunities for artists and performers to be paid for their work.

To that end, we are in the process of working with all those committed to the program to find a new date later in 2020 in the hope that the virus will have been contained and ordinary life has resumed. 

If we can, we will reschedule the festival. If we are not in a position to reschedule, we will cancel for 2020 and be back bigger and stronger in 2021. We hope you will be there for us.

This has been a difficult decision, but we must prioritise the health and well-being of everyone involved and balance the commercial reality that we simply cannot afford to sell tickets at the level we would need to remain sustainable, and expect our sponsors to commit to our program, in this uncertain environment.

We will do everything we can to bring the festival to you in 2020 and thank you for your patience and understanding.

November Fundraising event!

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival Foundation is planning a November fundraising event with a difference! The aim is for 12 (or more) hosts to invite friends to a fundraising dinner at their home/location on Saturday 16 November.

We’re looking for some generous folks who’d like to be a host and help us raise some funds for Festival operations for 2020.

How it works:

  • Register as a dinner host as soon as possible (contact WWAF Foundation chair by email);
  • Invite at least 12 of your friends to dinner (an invitation will be provided to you);
  • Guests will be asked to make a donation (which is tax deductible) to the festival to confirm their attendance (we will email you the link and any updates to forward on to your guests);
  • Plan and prepare your dinner event in whatever manner you’d like to (formal/stand-up/sit-down/informal/shared meal/nibbles/tapas/bbq/picnic/etc);
  • On the night, there will be a silent auction (online) and an online video hook-up so groups can catch up with each other;
  • Plan/facilitate any entertainment that you wish;
  • Any donations for ingredients or wine that you or your friends provide will be acknowledged;
  • The silent auction will be open before the event for any of the confirmed guests to make bids on – we have some fantastic things lined up! Visit the silent auction page here: https://www.32auctions.com/wwaf

For more information, email the chair of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival Foundation.