Woodend Winter Arts Festival to invigorate the Macedon Ranges with expanded three-month program

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Woodend Winter Arts Festival to invigorate the Macedon Ranges with expanded three-month program

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Words by Kate Streader

Running throughout winter, the reimagined, extended festival has something for everyone.

This year’s iteration of Macedon Ranges’ annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival has been extended to encompass all three winter months, featuring a huge spread of music, arts, talks and more.

Reimagined as a result of the ongoing uncertainties around COVID-19, Woodend Winter Arts Festival 2021 aims to be more flexible than ever in order to adapt to any potential pandemic-related curveballs.

Keep up with all the latest festival news, reviews and interviews here.

Serving as the perfect excuse to escape Melbourne and experience the food, wine, sights and sounds of the Woodend region, the festival will spread its program across various venues throughout the winter months.

Kicking off over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend – from Friday June 11 to Monday June 14 – the festival will feature intimate, classic concerts including a world premiere from John O’Donnell who will perform his edition of the original version of Bach’s Art of Fugue. There will also be two daytime a cappella concerts of Anniversaries from Ensemble Gombert, and an exploration of 17th century Italian opera by Ensemble 642.

You can also expect a screening of Woodend’s world-renowned filmmaker Michael Dillon‘s A Little Bit Mongolian, exhibitions and more, while Woodend Winter Arts Festival are also currently working on a special opening night concert for the event.

The perfect opportunity for a staycation, Woodend is bursting with boutique wineries, cosy cafes, country-style bakeries, inviting pubs and picturesque hiking trails to help fill your time on your visit.

Woodend Winter Arts Festival kicks off on Friday June 11 and runs throughout winter. For tickets and more information, head to the festival website.