Big Bang 2015
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Friday 13 March - 7pm
@ Western Reserve - Forest Street, Castlemaine
Opening Night. Happy Boom Day. The Castlemaine State Festival is turning 40!
Concept and Direction: Jude Anderson.
This is a free, unticketed, general admission event with access from 6pm.
Dig out your party mask, don your hoopla hat, pile up a plate to share and gather up your festive friends for the Festival blast off which begins with a Big Bang.
Over 200 past and present percussion and brass players are concocting a big band celebratory party concert that fetes 40 years of Festival fabulousness.
You’ll be greeted by delicious hosts in a swirl of musical mayhem and trumpeting triumph. With samba drum walking bands, possum skin rhythms, plush philharmonics, virtuosic tuba duos, lush percussion, flying cymbals, Balkan brass, Afro beats, Cuban salsas, New Orleans treats and a ‘cherie’ on the icing. At this Big Bang night prepare for blast off into the twentieth Castlemaine State Festival and the next 40 years of festival universe.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 boom tish — Happy Birthday!
BYO chair and refreshments to share.
Castlemaine State Festival – opening weekend
TUESDAY 17 MARCH, 2015
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Castlemaine State Festival is one of regional Victoria’s treasures.The 40th anniversary festival kicked off on the evening of Friday 13 March with The Big Bang in Western Reserve. A crowd of at least 5000 people gathered for this celebratory birthday party and opening night event, conceived and directed by Jude Anderson, from local live arts company Punctum. This joyous alfresco evening featured roving musicians, spontaneous conga lines, picnic hampers and live music ranging from Balkan brass to New Orleans jazz, and samba to salsa, including the first of several appearances over the weekend by festival guests El Son Entero, an eight-piece band travelling outside of Cuba for the first time, whose presence generated dancing and delight everywhere they played.
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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's national performing arts writer; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R. The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, he currently serves on the boards of La Mama Theatre and the journal Going Down Swinging; Richard is also a member of the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts