Friday 10 June – Monday 13 June

Fireworks will go ahead for the first time since 2019!
 With a smaller edition of the Festival taking place over the Queen’s birthday long weekend.

(L to R): Acting Principal of Braemar College Michael Horne, WWAF committee member Jane Monk, WWAF Founder/Director Jacqueline Ogeil, Hon Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Minister for Regional Development, Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Peter Dearsley, Manager Regional Operations – Loddon Campaspe, Regional Development Victoria.

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is the successful recipient of a Regional Community Event Fund grant. This funding will go towards hosting the ever popular fireworks display in the heart of Woodend on Friday 10 June. The fireworks will light up the sky from 6:30pm at Buffalo stadium, with quality entertainment and food vans for everyone to enjoy beforehand. This will be a free event for the community. Being outdoors, it will also be a Covid safe event. WWAF would like to acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government for this grant which makes the fireworks possible.

In light of continued Covid-19 uncertainties, combined with the news that WWAF’s main festival hub, the St Ambrose Hall, is currently out of action due to significant renovations works at St Ambrose School, the Festival committee have decided not to stage a full festival in 2022. As a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, WWAF relies heavily on ticket sales to pay its performers and to cover other operational expenses.

The WWAF committee is not discouraged by this news and have resolved to spend this year strengthening and rebuilding the Festival’s support networks, with a view to coming back stronger and more resilient in 2023.

In addition to the fireworks, the reduced WWAF program for 2022 still has multiple events to get excited about! Highlights include a concert from the Australian Romantic Classic Orchestra performing Schubert; a Michael Dillon film “A little bit Mongolian” with Dean Frenkel teaching throat singing; Ensemble Gombert in concert; and the Sheila Drummond Memorial lecture. The Festival’s school incursions program will also go ahead with the Australian Romantic and Classic Orchestra.

The full program will be launched soon. Keep an eye on the Woodend Winter Arts Festival website, woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au for further details.

We are looking for volunteers to help out over the long weekend. Please email us to indicate your interest for the June Queen’s Birthday long weekend, and areas that you are interested in helping out with. WWAF has held 18 years of Festivals.