WinterWild is an after dark arts festival on the Great Ocean Road. Events range from music gigs, artists performances, film screenings, dance performances, artists workshops, bonfires on the beach and a whole lot more, to keep the winter chills away.
Held over two weekends at 21 Great Ocean Rd and other venues for individual events in Apollo Bay, the themes for this year are Death (10-12 August 2018) and Birth (24-26 August 2018). See the full program for free and ticketed events, plus you'll find individual events listed on their Facebook page.
Free Events at WinterWild over the two weekends are as follows -
Fri 10 Aug 6pm - Alister Turrill at the Brewhouse. A songwriter of the highest order, Australian blues are in good hands. A Toast To Better Times is his latest EP release, which is a stripped back modern folk/country-blues record where the quality of his songwriting is bared for all. Honest, flawed, gravel-throated folkin' blues awaits you at the Apollo Bay Brewhouse.
Sat 11 Aug 6pm - Mike Elrington, also at the Brewhouse; a gifted singer-songwriter with amazing guitar skills and standing almost 2 mt tall, he delivers his signature gut-wrenching vocals and uses it like an instrument on its own. It's been said that he plays and sings like wildfire.
Sat 11 Aug 6.30pm - The Sacrifice. In the depths of winter, when souls are battered and spirits are at their lowest ebb, a sacrifice is made. It's said to ward off Winter's worst and speed the arrival of Spring. This year the sacrifice is going to be dear and big, from the harbour to the brazier. Join the procession and count the cost.
Sat 11 Aug 3-5pm - Murder Ballads and More: the songs of Nick Cave. Visiting WinterWild artists and a range of local musos will perform songs Nick Cave wrote and performed throughout his illustrious career. The song Death is not the End will finish off the concert with a choir of musicians who have performed throughout the day. Narrated and MC'd by Peter Filimore, he'll talk about Cave's songs, his life and his history.
Sat 11 Aug 10am-midday - The Ukeholics. Listen up for the sounds of the ukulele and follow it to places like Foodworks, the Info Centre, the Newsagency and the Bakery. These resident troubadours will play and sing and bring cheer to winter's coldest hours with their joyous sounds.
Fri 24 Aug 8pm - The Fillmore Brothers. Jack and Seamus take mundane lives and surrounds and make them into songs. Influenced by the greats led them to their love of writing and performing together and releasing their debut EP A Quick Cuppa with The Fillmore Brothers, earlier this year with a second release waiting in the wings.
Fri 24-Sun 26 Aug 10am-6pm & till close on Sun - Creation: the Apollo Bay indoor Market & Gallery Pop-up. Here you'll find handmade and textile design from wool spinning to sewing; photography and painting, and shiatsu. An indoor event showcasing local handmade and unique creations.
Sat 25 Aug 6.30pm - Candescence. The lighting of a BIG Fire around the brazier at the Apollo Bay Foreshore, where Birth is not new life, but old life brought forward. It's Death in bloom! See what comes of it!
Sat 25 Aug 6pm - NUTSACK and The Refuge at the Brewhouse. Local pub rock legends and upcoming locals give you a night of ballsy rock N' roll with special guest Dylan Johnson playing early in the front bar.
Sat 25 Aug 10am-midday - Follow The Ukeholics (see Sat 11 Aug above) as before, as they brave the winds of winter and challenge the cold, to entertain you.
Sat 25 Aug 3-5pm - Deeper Water: the songs of Paul Kelly performed by 12 local and visiting musicians and MC'd and narrated by Peter Fillmore again, who'll give a history of Kelly and his life and talk about his songs which are often stories of the cycle of life, birth, love and death.
Herein you have the freebie events. Check the website for other amazing ticketed events.