Castlemaine State Festival Announces 2023 Season Line-Up

Castlemaine State Festival Announces 2023 Season Line-Up 
24 March to 9 April 2023

Australia’s flagship regional arts event The Castlemaine State Festival has announced its impressive 2023 season line-up. 

A diverse curation of the very best local and international arts talent and events will bring focus to Castlemaine, spotlighting the wealth of the region while bringing visitors from across Australia and overseas to experience this renowned family-friendly, fun, and accessible seventeen-day event.

This year’s engaging musical line-up includes performances from Frente, Vika and Linda Bull, The Southern River Band, Jaguar Jonze, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Kian, Ella Hooper, Jem Cassar-Daley, The Gesualdo Six, Electric Fields and Dallas Woods, Alter Boy, Lizzy Welsh and Bendigo Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Hull and Liz Martin, Snog, The Dolly Parton Experience with Vanessa & The Jealous Guys, Mama Kin Spender, Snog, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tenzin Choegyal and Katherine Philp, Rose Riebl, Sophie Rowell and the Australian National Academy of Music, and intimate show on Salon Series with Angie Hart, Jem Cassar-Daley, Sophie Rowell, Rose Riebl, and Katherine Philp.

Castlemaine State Festival’s beloved Dialogues program returns with thought provoking discourse from some of the country’s finest thinkers and personalities including, Vika and Linda Bull, Alice Zaslavsky, Lea McInerney, Ali Cobby Eckerman, Nigel Marsh, Thomas Mayo, Catherine Liddle, Clive Hamilton, Brian Walters QC, Jacinta Parsons, Paul Biegler, DR Alyssa Vass, Abram Goldberg, Fiona Harris, Matthew Evans, Sue Smethurst and Kristine Ziwica.

Theatre and performance highlights will include Gravity and Other Myths – A Simple Space, Qwerin, Maloya Moshpit, The Planting: Alex Kelly, Lawrence Harvey and David Pledger, Night Walks with Teenagers, Dirty Laundry, Brat Kids Carnival, End of Winter, I Am Woman, 27 Club: The Music that Never Died, Pillow Fight – The Anchor, Parallax, Macbeth, Black Cat, Brenda Blessed, Soggy, Moist and Move with Me – CreateA.

Visual arts will be represented in 2023 at the Festival with exhibitions including For the Love of Song: David Frazer with Kelly, Walker, Cave, Lowe and Waits, David Rosetzky: Air to Atmosphere, Damon Kowarsky exhibition and workshops, Open Studios Group exhibition and Essays on Earth – Brodie Ellis in collaboration with John Wolseley & Paul Kane: On Land.

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Castlemaine State Festival runs from 24 March to 9 April 2023 in Castlemaine, Victoria.