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CLUNES BOOKTOWN FESTIVAL
30 April, 2016 - 1 May, 2016$10.
Join in the celebrations for the 10th Anniversary Festival!
The much loved annual booklovers weekend attracts 70 book traders along with 18,000 or more people to the charming village for Clunes. It’s the largest collection of rare, out-of-print, new, small-press publications, second hand, collectable and bargain priced books in Australia.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, organisers have themed the Festival ‘Journeys through time and place’ and the talks and performances are curated to align with and complement this theme.
In fact, the author talks program is so extensive this year, it involves 40 published authors, and two main venues – plus afternoon talks in the pub. The Festival’s Artistic Director, Ailsa Brackley du Bois, says that this milestone celebration will offer a greater diversity of options for patrons to enjoy over the two-day event.
“There will be author talks on our established strength areas such as political memoir and biography, Goldfields history and quality literature. We are also expanding into new genres by introducing speakers on travel, photography, and hosting panel sessions on emerging authors, writing for teens, booksellers are authors too and the independent publishing scene in the UK & Australia.”
“Talks in the beautiful old St Thomas Aquinas Church will conclude with special acts each day, such as ‘The Singing Room’ by the Thursday Mona’s and a “‘show and tell’ presentation on the life works of Agatha Christie.”
Also new to the line up is the State Library of Victoria’s cartography exhibition of early county, parish and township maps of Clunes and surrounds, in the old Wesley Bluestone. Paper and book art exhibits will also feature in this space, along with a selection of photography of abandoned farmhouses.
The ‘Kids Village’ retains the ever-popular hay bale maze, and is being expanded to include new features, such as a large global map with moveable icons, book character face-painting, owl colouring-in tables, mini-book making lessons, the ‘Mini-Mona’s Children’s Choir’ and ‘Story Peddlers’ in a colourful tent.
In another new addition, there will be entertainment specifically intended for teens this year, with ‘Mad Swan Choral Speakers’ and a range of other acts, including ‘Run away and join the circus!’ interactive workshops, and ‘Chalk & Talk’ with Bernard Caleo on zines and superheroes.
Meantime, both young and old can enjoy the horse and cart rides, ‘Jacques’ the juggling, unicycle-riding French waiter, the ‘Boat Chorus’ improvised singing ensemble, and pop up Shakespeare sonnets, courtesy of Federation University’s performing arts students. The much loved brass and school bands will feature again. Ballarat High School’s Whizz Bang Orchestra has been added to round out the musical offerings.
Tickets are available at the four entrances to the event and are $10 for a weekend pass, which includes all authors talks and double the range of entertainment! Children 14 years and under are free. It is superb value for money.