WHAT IS WINTER WILD?
Bring on the darkness. Embrace the harsh elements of the Southern Otways this winter at WinterWild.
WinterWild is a new after-dark arts festival held over four wintery weekends, in the coastal Victorian town of Apollo Bay.
We will set the town alight over the winter months of July and August with beach bonfires, music gigs, film screenings, dance performances, artist workshops, seasonal dinners and street performers.
WHEN IS WINTER WILD?
Not for the faint hearted, we invite adventurous spirits to come together and celebrate the beauty of the elements at their extremes. Choose your element or gorge on all four.
DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS?
WinterWild is four weekends of free events, with the exclusion of The Mech events.
The Mech is the heart and soul of the festival, held on Saturday of each of the festival weekends. This event is ticketed and 18+.
Tickets to the The Mech are $75 + booking fee.
WHAT INSPIRED WINTER WILD?
After the 2015 Christmas Day fires burnt a light on the horizon, the Colac Otway shire was closed and the economies of its coastal communities ground to a halt. Out of the support offered by Regional Development Victoria to boost the economy, the shire will rise from the ashes – building a winter festival that showcases the best Apollo Bay has to offer. We are taking taking the aftermath of destruction and transforming it into creation. Read the background story if you want to know more.
WHO IS BEHIND WINTER WILD?
So who are these folk who stuck up their hands to run a winter festival on one of the most exposed parts of the Victorian coastline? And why did we do it? We’re a varied collection of artists, craftsmen, writers, archaeologists, conservationists, farmers and cider brewers. A representative sample of this diverse and talented community. A sort of a-grade antipodean Vicar of Dibley collective who seized the opportunity to showcase what we believe is the real soul of Apollo Bay.
You can read about the Festival Crew here.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?
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