Winter Wild 2018: Art of Darkness

Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires – William Shakespeare

An homage to death and birth, WinterWild returns for a second year to embrace the elements of Apollo Bay. This after-dark winter arts festival pays tribute to the power of landscape and history over the course of two weekends in August. Once again, the huge WinterWild fire brazier will light the stage for public performance and fire cooked food and mulled drinks will help the crowd stay warm in the midst of what may be wild, wet weather.

Death (August 10 -12)

Over this weekend, listen to an array of live music from artists like Adalita, RVG and Mesa Cosa, ponder the meaning of the human experience with an audio guided walking tour, presented by These Projects We Do Together (Arie Rain Glorie and The Hunt) and observe live artwork incorporating fire, water, lights, sound, and performance.

Become absorbed in the haunting electric sounds of Tropical Fuck Storm igniting The Mech on Friday night. The following night, death-themed blues, rock and folk fill the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse with music from Mike Elrington and Alister Turrill.

Award winning food writer Richard Cornish presents El Matachin, spoken word poetry touching on the subjects of food, culture, and a humanistic approach towards meat.

Hinging on the importance of human’s connection to nature, the Bush Tannery endorses sustainability and ethical practices through their two-hour workshop where they teach the art of turning fish skin into leather. A truly unique experience that will be available throughout both weekends of WinterWild.

An homage to death and birth, WinterWild returns for a second year to embrace the elements of Apollo Bay. This after-dark winter arts festival pays tribute to the power of landscape and history over the course of two weekends in August. Once again, the huge WinterWild fire brazier will light the stage for public performance and fire cooked food and mulled drinks will help the crowd stay warm in the midst of what may be wild, wet weather.

Birth: August 24 – 26

Following death, is birth. This weekend treasures life and harvests an appreciation for the human existence.

Emphasising the beauty of the human sense, The Hungry Gentlemen (Max Allen and Richard Cornish), bring colour and awareness to the sense of taste. Guests will gain an understanding of ‘why we choose to eat what we eat’, enjoying tastings of food and beverages. Following along the theme of birth and understanding why we are the way we are, explore the history and culture of Australian indigenous food and drink with Max Allen and ecologist/conservationist Yuin Man Jack Pascoe.

WinterWild’s second weekend hosts a night of ballsy rock ‘n roll at The Brewhouse with live performances from pub rock legends NUTSACK and locals The Refuge. Celebrating dance from around the world, WinterWild hosts Dancehall Deliverance for a night of dancing under the winter skies and dimly lit lanterns. Lastly, Moksha holds a late night electronic and experimental music instalment featuring artists such as Null, Various Asses, and Post Percy.

Festival Director Roderick Poole aims to create an experience which honestly reflects the reality of living on a wild and exposed coast surrounded by forest. “We usually tell a story that starts with birth and ends with death, but the reality is that there is no life without death. In order for anything to live – plants, animals, humans, whole forests – something has to die. So many people have died to make this place – shipwrecks, fire, forestry accidents. The forests were felled but regrew abundantly. Animals have died to feed and clothe us. Death generates life, it’s the most basic story there is”. WinterWild intends to tell that story.

Throughout the course of both weekends attendees can expect an outdoor cinema featuring the political satire, eco horror and road movie Terror Nullius, cocktails, bonfires, and DJ sets.

Discover a side of Apollo Bay you don’t often see. WinterWild asks you to see the town as the locals see it when all the visitors have left in winter: dark, wild and raw. Take your last gasp and draw your first breath at WinterWild this August.

 

Tickets on sale at winterwild.com.au
www.facebook.com/winterwildapollobay/

WinterWild 2018
August 10-12
August 24-26
Festival and ticketing info: [email protected]
Ph: 0403 768 556