PLANNING for CresFest, which is scheduled for the first weekend in April, is quietly bubbling with events in preparation for the arts festival.
The Creswisk event has attracted international, national and local participants and celebrates the arts in all their forms, from song and music to written and spoken word.
CresFest host Judy Turner said she couldn’t be more excited about how the festival is going.
“We have recruited wonderful performers and excellent volunteers who will add to the vibrancy of the festival,” she said.
“For those who like something a little different there is an opportunity to learn Bollywood dancing and take part in the closing show.”
Event volunteers were among the audience that packed the Creswick Court House Theater on Friday to enjoy two stunning acts set to perform at CresFest.
Zoj is the Ballarat-based Iranian Australian singer Gelarah Pour and her partner Brian O’Dwyer who sang and performed fascinating yet contemporary music based on traditional Iranian music.
O’Dwyer’s sensitive drumming belied his early musical debut by playing heavy metal! Pour’s haunting voice captured the pain of separation.
Indian-Australian singer Parvyn Singh and her guitarist partner Josh Bennett also showcased the beauty of Indian religious and secular music that continues to influence their daily lives.
Hepburn Shire Mayor Cr Tim Drylie said the evening had been excellent.
“We are very privileged to have exceptional musicians performing in our own little theater in Creswick,” he said.
“It’s so important that we support our local artists and reconnect as a community. CresFest is going to bring such a boost of confidence and creativity to our city. »
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