Warrnambool & District Easter Arts Festival

An encompassing community Arts Festival celebrating the traditional Easter theme. 

Warrnambool & District Easter Arts Festival

The Easter Arts Festival is designed to be an inclusive and celebratory series of arts events including sculpture, painting, literature, music, singing, performance, dance, photographic-art, film and all forms of textile art. Festival events are held at various venues during March and April. 

2024 Festival Update 

Plans are well underway for the 2024 Festival. 17 events have been planned with some dates and venues still to be confirmed.
A special Festival Launch event will be held on Friday 15 March. Please note that the Art Exhibition at WDAS in Coramba Court will be open from Saturday 9 March and on Sunday 10 March its official opening takes place at 2pm where prizewinners will be announced. A Blokes’ Brekky is planned for Saturday 23 March at Naringal Baptist Church. Guest speaker is Brett Davis from Christian Surfers. A Hymn Singalong will take place on Wednesday 27 March at the Salvation Army complex on Mortlake Road. The annual Way of the Cross Walk will again be held on Good Friday as will the Dawn Service on Easter Sunday. A new event is scheduled for Easter Saturday (30 March) at Lake Pertobe. This will incorporate a Festival Family Fun Day from 10am to 4pm. Activities include a Children’s activity area, a refreshment tent for adults and children, songs from local musicians and performances from the Warrnambool City Band and the Lakes & Craters band from Camperdown. There is a special Children’s Event planned for the Baptist Church on Wednesday 3 April. A Ladies” High Tea will be held at Hammond Place on Saturday 6 April. Entertainer Sean W Smith will be featured in two sessions on Friday 5 April (venues to be confirmed). He will participate in the morning service at Gateway Church of Christ on Sunday 7 April. Naringal craft activities take place on 9, 10 and 11 April. The Warrnambool Uniting Church hosts Songs of Peace on the morning of Sunday 14 April.

Most Festival activities are free or low cost. Return to this website later in the year for updated information.

09-03-24 to 07-04-24

Marvels,Mysteries & Miracles of Creation                                     

ART SHOW

March 9th to April 7th 2024

MERRI VIEW GALLERY

Opening Hours Friday - Sunday 12 noon to 4pm
4 Coramba Crt Warrnambool

Entries now open for 2024 ​competition & ​exhibition
Download your Entry Form  here

Entry Fee is $10
Entries to be delivered to
Merri View Gallery on 24th FEB 2024 1pm to 4pm
Major Prize Best in show .....$2,500
Best Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel
Sculpture, Other Medium...$250.
Highly Commended $250 Peoples, Choice $25
Exhibit that best fits theme $100

17 March

Choral Concert

Curated by John Mcinnes

Sunday 17 March 2pm - 3pm
Christ Church Warrnambool
Gold coin Donation to aid Christ Chruch restoration project

Local vocal group, Model Voices, with piano accompaniment 
will sing familiar songs including solos, duets, trios and more

Christ Church,  Koroit St, Warrnambool

16-03-24

Family Concert
St  Brigid's Church, Crossley 

Saturday 16 March 
start 2pm
$20 at the door
Children Under 12  Free
BOOK TICKETS HERE

Demby McKenzie| James Philpot | Sue walder | Zoe Borthwick | Andrew Philpot

St Bridgets, 212 Koroit-Port Fairy Rd, Crossley

Blokes Brekky

Guest Speaker: ​Brett Davis 

Saturday 23rd March
time  8:30am to 10am
price $10
Naringal Baptist Church
3836 Cobden Warrnambool Rd, Naringal

“Great food, coffee, mates and talks”
All men are welcome to come and enjoy a hearty hot breakfast.

The Blokes Brekkys are about bringing men together over good food and coffee, creating a space to connect, challenge and encourage each other. Our guest speakers share their stories, wisdom and insights and create an atmosphere for men of all ages to think and talk about the ‘things that matter’.

As a teenager in the 1970s, Brett Davis couldn’t imagine anyone being both a surfer and a Christian. “I didn’t think it was possible for those two identities to exist – the Christians I knew were far from being surfers, and the surfers far from being Christians,” Brett says. And his identity was already set. He was a surfer. But when he was 16, Brett met a Christian surfer at high school. This had a profound impact on Brett, as his friend shared his life with him. Brett eventually surrendered his surfing to Jesus. The decision to surrender surfing was just between Brett and God; he didn’t mention it to anyone. Yet two weeks later, Brett’s surfing friend, who had brought him to church, told Brett about a “crazy idea” he had. He wanted to start a Christian Surfers fellowship group. In 1977, a group of 18-year-olds began Christian Surfers. In 1999 Brett was asked to officially form an international mission movement. He took his wife, three children and “two large orange suitcases” and travelled the world, setting up Christian SurfersInternational. The movement now has over 500 groups in 35 nations and over 1500 volunteer leaders.
https://www.christiansurfers.org.au/

23-03-24

“Writing and Telling
Biblical Monologues” Workshop

Led by Rev. Philip Liebelt, Biblical Storyteller and Author of
“The Innkeeper of Jericho and Other Eye-Witnesses from the Beginning”
and “Making Connections: Jesus’ Stories and Ours”

Cost $20  includes a copy of “The Innkeeper of Jericho”.
Warrnambool Uniting Church, Koroit St. Warrnambool
  Sat. March 23rd. 10am-1pm

SUNSET PARTY

sand sculpture competition

Guest surfer & speaker
brett davis from 
christian surfers aust

Friday march 22nd 5-8pm

 

meet on the beach
near the 
warrnambool surf club

Admission - $10.00
Saturday 23rd March
 Time: 7.30pm
The salvation army 58-60 mortlake rd 
warrnambool

The Salvo Bigband is a twenty piece jazz band presenting music ranging from classic jazz standards, contemporary big band charts and original compositions and arrangements from band members.
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27 March

Hymn Sing-a-long

Wednesday 27th March
2pm
The Salvatioon Army
58-60 Mortlake Rd
Warrnmabool
Music provided by
The Salvation Army Brass Band
Afternoon Tea Provided

30th March 

FAMILY FUN DAY!

Easter Saturday @ Lake Pertobe 
10am to 4pm 

Easter Egg Hunt

Children’s Entertainment

Children's Activities

Talented Local Live Entertainment

Light refreshments & hot cross buns​ 

FREE Fun to be had by all!

EASTER DAWN SERVICE

Sunday 31 March from 7.00am at Cannon Hill 
A combined churches’ Easter Sunrise Service celebrating Jesus’ resurrection 
and the dawning of a new day.  

Ladies Afternoon
High Tea

6 April

With guest speaker

Naomi Thorne 
Churchs of Christ Vic/Tas
SATURDAY 6th APRIL 2024 2.00 pm
Cost $15.00
Christ Church, Henna street WARRNAMBOOL

RSVP BY 4TH APRIL: Contact Ann: 0431 479 354

5-7 April

Sean W Smith

FREE KIDS ENTERTAINER 0-GRADE 6

friday april 5th 10-11:00am St Patrick's
primary school port fairy

friday april 5th 2:00-3:00pm 
gateway church warrnambool

sunday april 7th 10:30-11:30 am 
gateway church warrnambool

06-4-24

Spectacular Flower Arranging

Demonstration - All welcome

6th April 2024 Start 2:00pm
Entry $10.00
Devonshire tea available
For more information contact Gail 0438684366
PorT Fairy uniting Church 44 James st

WAY OF THE CROSS WALK  

FRIDAY 29 March 11am from Can​non​ Hill to Lake Pertobe  
An interdenominational event to commemorate 
the events of Good Friday. 
All are welcome to join in the procession.

7-11 April

Art Show – Art​works by Local Artists, free entry

Sunday 7th April, 9.30-am-1.00pm Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th April   
9.30am–3.30pm Free tea and coffee available

Bookings essential for all workshops. Numbers limited, priority to bookings made before April 2nd 2024 
For Bookings and Enquiries:  phone Lorraine 0427 519 159

Workshops – free to attend, materials provided

Click on Button below for workshop details

DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT IN MIND?

The ​Warrnambool & District Easter Arts Festival is all about our community. We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for events that you would like to see included in our program like local acts, artists or musicians that would complement our festival theme, make sure to let us know. You can contact us by calling 
John Stephen : 0439 631 030
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Under Construction

The events below are under construction 
please check back again soon 

Prize Winners 

Prize winners of the Easter Arts Festival/WDAS Art Competition: Best in show: The Wonder of it All by Grace Bailey; Most expressive of the subject: Sea Peace by Julie Peterson; Highly Commended: Crown of Creation by Amanda Vivian; Best 'other': King of the Bush by Amanda Western; Best Sculpture: As It Happened by Judy Rauert; Best Oil: Early Misty Morn 1 by Neil Griffin; Best Watercolour: Light of the World by Lorraine Deppeler; Best Acrylic: Creation by Bobby Cox; Best Pastel: Merri River Estuary by Bob Scarborough..