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Candelo Village Shakes Things Up with new Festival format

Many in the Eurobodalla venture south each year to the Candelo Village Festival.

Candelo Village Festival is back this year with a fresh feel, new format and exciting program of events from 21-23 April. It has been nine years since this vibrant little festival hit the circuit of the South East where it has built a stellar reputation as a highly regarded arts and community event.

In those nine years, the village of Candelo has undergone a beautiful transformation. This year's festival celebrates the developments in Candelo and the whole town is getting involved.

Alongside the river under majestic trees Candelo’s stores, cafes, hotel, church, art gallery, bowling club and monthly markets, come together to host the Village Festival.

Festival goers will find the town buzzing with the Free Village Fair featuring live music, dance, games, and circus events programmed across the village throughout Saturday and Sunday. There is an Artisan Market Precinct offering a variety of food and craft stalls.

Performance opportunities abound over the weekend with walk-up/blackboard spaces. Acoustic music sessions are encouraged. Camping is available on-site.

This year all shows are in the famous Candelo Town Hall with tickets sold per show. You can see one show or see them all. The Village Fringe Pass secures the holder entry to all festival fringe events in the Town Hall throughout the weekend. It includes admission to the Opening Night Music and Variety Party, local bands, the Novellas, Michael Hanlon and the Sweet Valentino’s, and fantastic literary events. Holly Throsby in conversation about her new book Goodwood, Ailsa Wild in Conversation about children’s writing, John Blay and Mark Mckenna discussing the future of our historical places.

Sam Martin, the Candelo Village Festival Production Manager says, "We are really excited about the new format of the Festival. One of the great additions for ticket holders is the Bobby Roger Bar in the Candelo Hall. It's a great place to unwind - or wind-up - around show time, meet the artists, catch up with friends and grab some great food. Phil Moriarty 'The Projectionist' will be spinning some discs from his extensive collection of 45s - don't miss it."

"There's something for everyone this year, the whole family can take part in the Festival. Affordable kids workshops in music, drama and writing will take place on the Staurday morning and the free activities in the park will keep everyone entertained," he said.

This outstanding Festival is constantly evolving, driven primarily by the Candelo Arts Society, an organisation fostering the arts and enriching lives in the Bega Valley since 1986, producing great music, theatre, dance and comedy.

Tickets, updates, information and the program of events are available at or on the Candelo Arts Society Facebook page. The Candelo Village Festival is presented by The Candelo Arts Society and proudly supported by South East Arts.

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