Members Statement – Shepparton will be truly alive during the month of March. The 24th Shepparton Festival rolls out for the month of March, and this year’s theme is ‘Evolve’. The festival will be over 17 days with more than 60 events comprising more than 250 artists in 40 different venues, with unique experiences in music, comedy, film, culture, performance, workshops, a festival feast and visual arts.
Some of the events on offer are the literary lunch with Jill Barclay at The Barn at Buchanan’s Bridge and Women of the White House, which is listed as a tell-all exposé of true facts, fake news and modern-day right-wing conservative feminism from inside the big orange world of Trump. Rust & Wine, an exhibition of large-scale sculptures scattered around the spectacular landscape at Tallis cellar door, showcasing local artists Tank and Steve Tobin, will be a wonderful experience. The Quarry Chorus held in the extraordinary amphitheatre of the Dookie quarry is a sensory experience of sound, light and movement. Art and events from Indigenous and multicultural artists will feature along with the Shepparton Albanian Harvest Festival. There is much to see and do, and you should all make a point of coming to see our fantastic regional area for some of these events.
To Shepparton Festival board chair Fiona Smolenaars, vice-chair Leigh Findlay, Peter Kelton, Kirsten Green, Bruce Hunt-Hughes, Ellie Phillips and creative director Jamie Lea and the team, well done, and I wish you a very successful event and look forward to seeing you at many of them.