THE BENALLA FESTIVAL 2019
The Benalla Festival is celebrated every November on the foreshore of Lake Benalla and around the Rural City.
The Festival is a celebration of the local lifestyle. The program of fun and creativity aims to engage the community and visitors with street entertainment, music, theatre, art, dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. Every event is a chance to celebrate our community spirit, create, consume and come together for two weekends of fun activities.
The 2019 Festival theme is Fiesta of Festivities…a celebration of events and festivals that bring the community together to interact, feel good, learn, celebrate and grow.
Save the dates: 2nd to 10th November 2019.
Download a copy of the 2019 Festival Guide - BenFest_2019_Program_Web
Goorambat Scarecrow Art
Be creative and design and enter your own scarecrow. Entry is free.
Competitors need to have their scarecrows at the Goorambat Hall between 10am - 4pm on Saturday 2 November.
Judging of the scarecrows will take place on Sunday 10th November at 2pm followed by a scarecrow auction. Competitors or a representative to be present.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Jenny on (03) 5764 1397.
A Day in the Gardens Market
Are you interested in having a stall at this years A Day in the Gardens market?
Stall holder expressions of interest are now open. Applications close 18 October 2019
Benalla Festival Street Parade
Be sure to be involved in the fun and creative display of community spirit and personality in this year's Street Parade on Saturday 9 November, 2pm. Remember your participation is limited only by your imagination!
Benalla Festival Writing Competition
Writers from Benalla Rural City are invited to enter a poem or short story on this year's Benalla Festival theme 'Fiesta of Festivities'.
For further details download an entry form. Entries close 21 October 2019.
Benalla Festival Colouring Competition
Put your artistic talents to the test and download and colour in the festival's colouring competition. Use your pens, pencils, paint, crayons and imagination to create a bright and creative piece of artwork. Have fun!
Entries close Friday 25 October 2019 (entry open to Benalla Rural City residents)
Free Benalla Festival Street Parade Workshops
FREE BENALLA FESTIVAL STREET PARADE WORKSHOPS:
Would you like to be in the Benalla street parade but you don’t know how to create your float or costume?
We can sort you out...
A studio space will be set up where you can create your parade entry with the help of professional local artists. Bring in your bike, wheelbarrow, skateboard, or just yourself... and make something amazing. Drop in, have a cuppa and local artists will help you turn your creative ideas into reality.
WHEN: Thursday 7 November from 11am - 7pm, Friday 8 November from 10am - 6pm
WHERE: The Benalla Men's Shed, Kevin Dosser Pavilion, Benalla Showgrounds
COST: FREE workshop and free materials
Local artists Kurt, Emi and John-Paul will help you construct, paint, sew, cut, assemble so you will be ready to rock the parade... maybe even take out one of the prizes.
The artists can also come to you to discuss ideas and options for your organisation/group/not for profit organisation. If you would like to take up this option please let us know by Friday 25 October so an appointment can be made for the artists to meet with you.
Best theme entry: $300
Best float entry: $100
Most entertaining entry: $100
Best Community Group entry: $100
Best School/Youth entry: $100
If you have a question or to book an appointment to discuss your entry, please send an email to Artistic Directory from the Village Festival Suzanne Kalk: [email protected] or just drop by on the day.
Tatong Art Show
Entries are now open for the 6th annual Tatong Art Show. An entry form is downloadable from the link below with hard copies available from the Goulburn Murray Credit Union - Benalla Branch, Benalla Art Gallery and Visitor Information Centre in Mair Street, Benalla. Entries close on 21 October 2019.
The official opening of the Art Show and announcement of winning works will be held on Friday 1 November at the Tatong Memorial Hall from 7pm - 9pm. The exhibition will be open during the Benalla Festival from 10am - 4pm on the 2 - 5 and 8 - 10 November.
For further information contact Nicki on 0428 696 408.
A big thank you to our generous 2019 Festival sponsors below.
The involvement of the business community and individuals is critical to staging the Festival. Through the support of our partners, sponsors and friends, events within the Festival can be presented at little or no cost to patrons.
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Amcal Max Benalla
Avondel Motor Inn
Benalla Bowls Club
Benalla Golf Club
Caltex - Gladstones
Comfort Inn Benalla
Delatite Steel & Engineering Supplies
Dodd Fuel Installations
Dr Paul Kelly & Mrs Robyn Kelly
Glider City Motel
Gliding Club of Victoria
Graeme Currie Electrical
Green 'n' Grow
Lavish Skin Therapy Clinic
Mary-Lou and Rob Davis
Miller’s Department Store
Milner Watson Pharmacy
NJ Todd Funeral Services
North East Life Physiotherapy Services
Patersons Carpet Court
Peter Davis Rural
Primal Health Club
Rose City Motor Inn
Smith Dosser Accountants
Steph Ryan MP
Top of the Town Motel