Festival excitement intensifies

Artistic director announces program

Nine days of intense entertainment and cultural engagement are in store for regional audiences at the 2014 Great Southern Festival.

Perth International Arts Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway unveiled a new approach to programming the Great Southern’s share of Perth International Arts Festival events when he launched the 2014 program in Albany on Thursday 28 November.

Mr Holloway said the quantity and quality of the festival events were similar to previous years but they were programmed over a shorter span of nine exciting days that would be a cultural feast. The main program takes place from Friday 21 February to Saturday 1 March, but the 12-film cinema program runs from Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 20 March.

GSDC Chairman Peter Rundle said the Commission continued its commitment to supporting the festival as Great Southern Principal Partner, having helped to initiate it in 2003.

“The GSDC strongly values the Great Southern Festival, which enhances cultural life in the region and helps our artists and performers develop their potential,” Mr Rundle said.

“Visiting the Great Southern to attend Perth Festival events is an attractive option for people from outside the region, particularly given the intense nine-day program being adopted by the organisers in 2014.”

Highlights of the festival include soul musician Booker T Jones at Castelli Estate winery, traditional Irish music from Altan, powerful theatre in An Iliad and the Playmakers program focusing on the cello.

Girt By Sea, a cinematic interpretation of Australia’s love for the coastal life, will screen at a free outdoor event at Middleton Beach on Saturday 1 March. Aboriginal heritage site tours will take place in Albany, and writers events will feature Philipp Meyer, William McInnes, Rabia Siddique and others.

Great Southern Festival programs are available at the Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) and participating outlets.

Tickets can be booked online through perthfestival.com.au, at the AEC or at Paperbark Merchants (non-AEC events only).

The printed program gives the wrong date for a romantically-themed cello performance at The Rocks; the event is on Saturday 22 February, not on the Sunday as printed.

Contact: Linsey McFarlane, ph. 9842 4888
Great Southern Development Commission

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