Air by John RichesThe Air is never still here. Rarely are we without the touch of the wind, either a brisk breeze over the surf or the Roaring Forties in full force. With breath and only with breath do we have language. Only with language can we tell our stories.

WinterWild’s third weekend explores a program of air-themed festivities:


The Dog Watch

Date: Saturday 29th July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Location: Foreshore, Apollo Bay
Price: Free Event

The Dog Watch is the evening watch. As darkness falls, you’re invited to don your winter woolies and join us for the beach bonfire.  In the darkness the fire will be lit and Emilie Zoey Baker and the Horns of Leroy will open their pipes.



The Mech

Date: Saturday 29th July, 8.00pm – 1.00am
Location: Mechanics Hall, Apollo Bay
Tickets: Purchase Now
Price: $75 + booking fee

The Mech,  Apollo Bay’s oldest venue and the heart of WinterWild, is blowing it out on July 29. Slam poet Emilie Zoey Baker, and cabaret performer Amy Bodossian will seduce you with their words. Horns of Leroy will lift the roof off.



Pub Gigs

Date: Saturday 29th July, from 8.00pm
Location: Great Ocean Road Brewhouse & Apollo Bay Hotel
Tickets: Free Events

Get along to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse or the Apollo Bay Hotel for satellite gigs to be announced.



Wild Wood

Date: All Festival
Location: Foreshore, Apollo Bay
Tickets: Free Event

The WildWood is an installation by local artist Finglesin and will be erected for the opening weekend. Wander to the foreshore, locate the tree and divulge your secrets, curses or messages to the dead. Write them on a wooden leaf which will be hung from the branches. Best take a token of this confession to carry with you because it will be set alight during the festival’s closing night ceremony. Read The WildWood  story here.



The Recovery

Date: Sunday 30th July, 9.00am – 3.00pm
Location: Hello Coffee, Apollo Bay

Recover from your Saturday night festivities at Apollo Bay’s best kept local secret – which won’t be a secret much longer. Local coffee roastery / cafe, Hello Coffee, located in Apollo Bay’s Industrial Estate will open exclusively for Sunday Recovery session for WinterWild festival participants. Warm yourself over the best local coffee, hot breakfast by the fire and a chance to chill with the performers.



The Apollo Bay Writers Festival is also on this weekend and although they are not part of the WinterWild programme they’re putting on a great lineup with Clementine Ford, Michael Leunig, Arnold Zable, Alice Pung and more. This will be the busiest weekend of the festival. A combined Saturday Pass Mech Hall pass is available for entry to events across both festivals.

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