The Village Festival is a travelling arts festival, coming to Benalla for the first time through Creative Victoria’s Touring Victoria Program.
The Village grand opening will follow the Street Parade. Come through the impressive gateway and enter the Village world: a fun festival for the whole family.
The Village takes the form of a series of highly decorated tents and caravans, and includes music, theatre, dance, film, circus, installations, storytelling, puppetry, live art and food.
Check the blackboards on site for happenings in the village. The creative folk of Benalla will be on display with some special guests.
North East Water drink tap water station will be on site. Bring your reusable water bottle.
From 3pm theatre, dance and music will entertain you:
Vardos represent the life, fun and quirkiness of eastern European party music authenticated by virtuosic musicianship.
THE WORLD KITCHEN
The imaginary love child of Nigella and the Swedish Chef, this performative food stage hosts cooking demonstrations by local chefs, food stories and a kids cooking workshop.
THE DANDY MAN
This award-winner will be performing his ridiculously raucous routines.
SUPER GIANT AMAZING GIRL
Action packed and interactive, this theatre show for kidscombines thrilling circus, absurd comedy and ingenious physical theatre for mini humans and normal humans alike.
Join crazy Viking host Gherkin Khan and play some good old fashioned retro kids’ games. Also check out the cardboard arcade games created and hosted by local kids with artist Jens Altheimer.
IN THE MOONHOUSE
Benalla’s local FReeZA team will entertain with a full afternoon of music and cool activities for their age zone.
10 MINUTE DANCE PARTIES
Boogie your heart out to Benalla’s best DJ’s, but only for 10 minutes. All ages welcome.
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
Look out for Benalla’s own TDA Dance Academy’s skilful festival surprise. Plus Lola the Dancing Bear!
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN INTERPRETIVE DANCE (SYTYCID)
Just like So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), but with added fun! Enter the competition and bust your best moves, or sit back and watch the silliness unfold.
THE FAMOUS VILLAGE DOG SHOW -4PM
The Famous Village Dog Show: bring your dog to the Festival for a while and we’ll create a hilarious show with 4-legged friends and their owners. Great prizes!
2.30pm – 4pm: Dog costuming workshop – get your pooch looking their best for the show!
TWILIGHT AT THE SKATE PARK
So You Think You Can DJ? – register to drop your track selection
‘GOOD VIBRATIONS’ MUSIC STAGE
P-12 College Stage Band and FCJ College
Flamenco – plays spellbinding flamenco – passionate, fiery, deep, playful.
Benalla’s own dance school performances
BROKEN RIVER – BEN STOLZ, 6.40PM
Broken River is a new project driven by Benalla-born singersongwriter Ben Stolz. The act alternates as a solo performer or as a five piece. Broken River is distinctly dark and thoughtful with layered guitars, haunting vocals and big thumping drum sounds.
ELLA HOOPER, 7.30PM
Violet Town’s, Benalla’s and Australia’s most famous export, singer-songwriter, radio and TV personality returns to the region with a cranking set from her four piece band. Her school days in Benalla provided inspiration for song writing for the 90s megahit band Killing Heidi. Now a performer, radio and television presenter, Ella Hooper has a magnetic stage presence, not to be
BENALLA MOTOR GROUP FIREWORKS
between 9pm – 9.15pm (weather permitting)
Not just spectacular fireworks near Lake Benalla, this show includes burning sculptures and a live music soundtrack composed by David Thrussell and a selection of Benalla youngsters.
Please note: Subject to weather conditions the fireworks will be released as night falls somewhere between 9pm-9.15pm.