About the Festival

About the Festival

For more than 15 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 sponsors, donors and grants, and is supported by hard-working volunteers.