Frequent storms and wild seas bring into stark focus the magnificent ocean views, forest walks and the feeling that in Apollo Bay, it is truly on the edge of the continent. WinterWild celebrates and embraces this wild side of the Otways and only the bravest plan to stage events in this environment. Audiences in search of adventure and unforgettable experiences have learnt that WinterWild is the place to go, kicking off August 16.
Central to the festival is DogWatch, a series of events that take place each Friday and Saturday as the days turn into night. Each evening features free outdoor performances leading up to the lighting of a huge bonfire on the foreshore.
The highlight will be The Redemption Parts One and Two (Saturdays), a large-scale parade and performance that tells the story of a strange sea creature hauled up from the ocean depths that changes the town forever. Created by Roderick Poole (founder of Strange Fruit and international street performance veteran) and local artists Eloise Wood and WildHoney, it features mythical fishers and townsfolk in the search for their lost children. For the final part of the story, the Great Ocean Road will be closed as anarchic Melbourne troupe Snuff Puppets join the street party with a bonfire and fireworks. The DogWatch is a free outdoor program.
The festival’s opening on Friday August 16 sees a Welcome to Country by the bonfire, followed by Indigenous dance troupe Djirri Djirri. Friday August 30 will feature rapper and spoken word guru Mantra, along with Indigenous artist Sheree Stewart’s ironic take on white Australia titled Advance Australia Fair.
Confronting landscape and environment, Remain / In / Light takes place in an abandoned quarry in Beech Forest. Experimental Melbourne arts organisation These Are The Projects We Do Together will present an enormous, 200 metre long 10 metre high projection screen across the quarry floor. A series of projections will be augmented by an original sound score by Samaan Fieck in a spooky and intriguing immersive experience finishing with in a warming bonfire. Created to be a social gathering as opposed to a formal arts installation, Remain / In / Light includes complimentary drinks and snacks as guests wander the quarry floor.
The Projects Quarry
1505 Old Beech Forest Rd, Beech Forest
16 August 7:00pm [1 hour]
$50 per car + booking fee
For more program information http://winterwildapollobay.com.au/