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Hello CSF Lovers!


Autumn is upon us (sort of) and there is SOOOOO much on. 


Join us this coming Labour Day long weekend for the final instalment of the Food Concert series, Fermenting: Listen, a fascinating piece of live art all the way from Taipei which will take over the tea rooms at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Read on for more information and ticket details. 


Our major fundraising initiative for the Festival, the CSF Art Auction launches in late March with a brand new format. Over ten days you will have the chance to snap-up a fine work of art and support both the artist and the Festival. What’s not to love?


Closer to May keep an eye out for information about the launch of our new HQ and creative industries hub Goods Shed Arts. We will be welcoming you and the community into the space for a good ol’ look around. More information about that to come in the next few months.


But that's not all! Scroll down for more information on the above and also see what some of our friends are up to.



Glyn Roberts

Festival Director

Image: Craig Gough | Arrangement with Orange 
Acrylic on paper 540mm x 745mm


The CSF Art Auction is one of our key fundraising activities and a great way to support the Festival as well as the many talented artists living and working in the region. 


In March 2020, thanks to the generous support of Creative Victoria, the auction will be held online for the first time, allowing art lovers and Festival supporters from further afield to get involved. 


You can view the work and register to bid via our website from Thursday 12 March and bidding will take place between Friday 27 March and Sunday 5 April. Some of the work available will be on display throughout Castlemaine. Check out the Art Auction Map for details of local venues.

Image: Barney Ellaga c. 1941- 2015 | Sugarbag Bee, 2000

© Estate of the Artist & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.


After very successful work-in-progress seasons at the Castlemaine State Festival 2019 and Taipei Arts Festival 2019, performance artist Chun-liang Liu will return to Castlemaine this coming weekend to complete her Food Concert project with a final instalment, Fermenting: Listen, co-presented by CSF and Asia TOPA.

The practice of fermentation is a key element for human survival that predates modern technology. Fermenting: Listen will take us on an immersive journey that ‘listens’ to human relationships through foods and the practice of fermentation. There is limited capacity for each performance so hop online and get your tickets now.  Any remaining tickets will be available for sale at the door prior to each performance.


Over early April, the CSF team will move our headquarters to the Castlemaine Goods Shed and most importantly will begin to share this wonderful asset with the local creative community and beyond. We envision Goods Shed Arts as an imaginative centre for creative activity where we will develop our Festival works in multiple art-forms, partner with artists and arts organisations to offer cultural events throughout the year as well as provide affordable venue hire and co-working space for the local community.

While we have had a great response to our recent Expression of Interest call-out, we are still interested to hear from creative individuals and/or businesses such as writers, designers, filmmakers, developers, producers and any other desk-inclined creatives who might like to discuss tenancies.


Artist Adam Cusack and his partner Donna Cusack (CSF's very own Patrons Manager) have opened Cusack & Cusack Gallery at 31 Piper Street, Kyneton. The entire building and garden have been purposely renovated to accommodate creative initiatives, showing contemporary painting, printing, drawing and sculpture from around Australia.

The Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm or by appointment (phone
0408 118 167). Adam is usually working in his studio upstairs and is always willing to give a tour! Keep an eye out for their new website - coming soon!

IWD: Women in Wine (and beer...)

Shedshaker Brewery celebrates International Women’s Day with a spotlight on women working in the local wine and beer industries. Hosted by Shedshaker director, Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns in conversation with local winemakers Melanie Chester of Sutton Grange Winery and Helen Miles of Coliban Estate Wines, the trio will explore the challenges and changes of working in traditionally male dominated fields, inter-generational perspectives and how collaboration and community engagement shape their approach to wine and beer making.

Join the team for wine and beer tastings, enjoy a convivial celebration of women, wine, beer and art and hear from leading exponents working in the field. The Taproom kitchen will be open serving fresh gourmet pizzas.

Tuesday 10 March, 

6.30pm for a 7pm start, 

Shedshaker Taproom

All enquiries to Jacqueline at the Taproom on 0425 323 005

Shedshaker Brewery and Sutton Grange Winery are proud partners of CSF2021