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East Gippsland Winter Festival
The http://https://egwinterfest.com.au runs from June 19 - July 11 and incorporates over 85 events across the Shire, from Benambra to Mallacoota. There are food and wine events galore, bonfires, concerts, lantern workshops and parades, galleries to visit and heaps more.
In our area we have the following events:
June 29 – July 11 LIGHTING UP OMEO
Businesses and shops on Day Avenue are illuminating their premises and residents their houses and invite you to wander up and down the hill enjoying the display and the crisp air (dress warm).
June 29 – July 11 Open Door, Ensay Winery, 10am – 5pm
Call into the rammed earth Cellar Door &Winery at Ensay to purchase 2018 Pinot Noir, 2018 Shiraz, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and Devil’s Backbone Sparkling Red Wines. 100% grown and made on the property. No bookings needed.
June 29 Star Lantern Making Workshop Great Alpine Gallery, Swifts Creek, 10am – 3pm
Join locals to make a beautiful star lantern to hang outside the gallery in the main street of Swifts Creek for the East Gippsland Winter Festival. Free. Great fun and easy to do. All materials are provided.
Thursday July 1 Bonfire, burgers, beer and banter, Omeo Caravan Park, from 6.30pm
Grab some beer and burgers from the on-site Red Caravan and settle in for a toasty evening round the bonfire, with local historian & story-teller Jeff ‘Coops’ Cooper tell tall tales a& local legends, some of which may even be true.
July 2 – 11 LIGHTING UP SWIFTS CREEK
Swifts Creek local artists display their star lanterns specially created for the East Gippsland Winter Festival.
July 2 Fire and Rain Exhibition Opening, Great Alpine Gallery, Swifts Creek, 6pm
An exhibition of work by local artists reflecting on cataclysm, regrowth, beauty and vulnerability. Come and celebrate with us among gorgeous locally crafted lanterns by the Great Alpine Basketry Group and our community.
July 3 MOLLIMOR Live in Swifts Creek,Swifts Creek Community Hall 7.30pm - 9pm
Mollimor is a high energy Celtic/Irish band, with a wide repertoire ranging through traditional songs & tunes from all parts of the Celtic world, to covers of more contemporary artists. Free but booking is essential https://www.trybooking.com/BQWRX
JUST ADDED: Lantern making workshop in Benambra Wednesday 23 June, 10am – 3pm. Neighbourhood House. Ph: Trudy Anderson, 0428599250
Please check out the website and come along (wear warm clothing!)
You may be aware of The Phoenix Trail which is a project created by member Helenka King, to support artists and galleries in East Gippsland who have been affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires. The aim is to promote the creativity in East Gippsland and encourage visitors from Victoria to visit locally and provide income and moral support throughout the Shire.
The gallery is on the trail which goes throughout East Gippsland, from Omeo to Mallacoota and features galleries who sell local artists works, and artists studios who are open to the public There are brochures on the gallery desk to give out to visitors, and if you would like some yourself to give to your visitors, family members and networks, please drop Helenka a line (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Check out the FB page for more details.
The repainting of the outside doors and windows and installation of ceiling insulation has now been completed. It looks fresh and clean and is now more energy efficient. With thanks to the locals employed and to funding from Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) who made it all possible.
Ring Anne Richardson for further information on 0408 523 498 The films can be watched @ https://vimeo.com/showcase/talesfromthetambo