Big Bang 2015

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Friday 13 March - 7pm

@ Western Reserve - Forest Street, Castlemaine

Castlemaine State Festival – opening weekend


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.

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

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