Warrandyte Festival 2019


Warrandyte’s great Battle of the Bands is set to take place on the Main Stage at Stiggant’s Reserve at the Warrandyte Festival, starting at the new time of 4pm on Saturday March 23 2019.

Three solid hours of performances from some of the area’s most talented youth will see solo performers, duos and bands battle it out for the top prize, a full day of recording at Jet Studios.

Entry is open to contemporary musicians of any genre, aged 12 to 25 years.  The main stage attracts a substantial crowd, giving bands the opportunity to fine-tune their performance in front of a large audience

Previous winners include Disgruntled Architect, Portrait Distort Rate, Kardinia and Cash The Madmen.

To register your interest, please email battle@warrandytefestival.org and include a summary of your band and description of the music you play.

Polyglot Theatre returns to the festival


SUPPORTED by its Community Partnership Grants Programme, Manningham Council will present Polyglot Theatres’ Boats at Warrandyte Festival, March 22 – 24.

Set beside the Yarra River, artists will lead children and families inside large, lightweight boats (propelled by a flurry of feet), working together as a crew on their voyage across imaginary high seas.

The interactive performance enables participants to be at the heart of the experience, engaging through touch and play.

Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Collaborative partnerships that trickle down to community are “lifeblood” when it comes to the staging of a complex event.

Importantly, Warrandyte Festival maintains many close-knit relationships.

Among them, Warrandyte Neighbourhood House backs The Grand Read; Scouts Warrandyte run the festival’s giant waterslide and Manningham and Nillumbik Councils, Warrandyte Community Bank and Quinton’s Supa IGA, donate regular funding.

This support ensures not only the festival’s annual occurrence, but helps in maintaining its grassroots flavour.

“The essence of a strong community is fed by the connection we have with our friends and neighbours and that includes the organisations we work alongside of,” said a festival spokesperson.

“Together, we celebrate endeavours, weather difficult times and rise to meet challenges with those whom we have forged strong links with.

“Warrandyte is a special place because of its strength of community connectedness and you won’t find a better place to see that in action than at our festival each year.”

As well as the Polyglot journey, Whitehorse Canoe Club will provide river-related fun across festival weekend, with displays and demonstrations.

And if that doesn’t float your boat, a variety of other events will.

With fabulous food and drink available from 6pm on Friday, March 22, Warrandyte Film Feast’s evening of short films and live music takes place in The Lounge on the lower riverbank, with the first film screening at 8pm.

Tickets are available for $20 at: trybooking.com/ZWXQ

The 35th Rotary Art Show gets off to a “bubbly” beginning, unveiling its exhibition in the Warrandyte Community Church on Friday, March 22, 7pm – 10pm — entry to the gala opening costs $20 and includes food and refreshments.

Heartbeats will surely spike over the weekend, with the excitement of live battles like Saturday’s Battle of the Bands — in the new timeslot of 5pm on the Main Stage — and Sunday’s Billy Cart Derby.

And lovers of ABC network’s kids’ sustainability show dirtgirlworld will not want to miss some Main Stage musical magic on Sunday, March 24 at 1pm.

This year’s Grand Read — upstairs at Warrandyte’s Grand Hotel on Tuesday night, March 26 — features guest reader Felix Nobis, Senior lecturer and Deputy Head at the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University.

Trained as an actor and working professionally for many years before establishing an academic career, Felix also works as a playwright and presenter.

His performances have been described as “enthralling” — which means he will fit right in with the regulars who keep Grand Read audiences on the edge of their seats.

The town will be watching to see which get-up best represents this year’s festival theme “Stars of Warrandyte” in Saturday morning’s Grand Parade.

And, just who will be the monarch with the mostest?

Answers to this, your festival guide and more in March’s Warrandyte Diary.

Keep up to date with other festival news by visiting the Warrandyte Festival website and Facebook page.