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.
There were 27 events at 16 different locations which was a
monumental effort by everyone involved. This year we saw the inclusion of new
organisers and events that helped contribute to a wonderful festival.
We had our first concert at the Lighthouse Theatre with the Melbourne Staff Band and soloist Alana Conway. This was a night of wonderful musical entertainment and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. We saw the introduction of puppetry, cooking classes, our first ever youth event (a colour run) and a ladies’ high tea to name a few. All events were very well received and much appreciated.
All the art exhibitions were of a very high standard and very well patronised this year. Thank you to all who entered art work.
The Steering committee is having a short break; then we are back into full swing for next year’s festival.
We are always on the lookout for creative ideas for new events, so please contact us if you would like to suggest an activity.
There have been many very encouraging stories come out of the festival with people who attended having been impacted in a positive way in their life. And that is what our festival is all about.
Finally, to our sponsors in various philanthropic trusts, Warrnambool City Council and their events team, Moyne Shire, Wannon Water, Victorian State Government and the Warrnambool & District Artists Society we say a huge thank you. And to all the Churches who supported us with their input in so many ways, we thank you.
sculpture workshops with Merran
When: Saturday mornings for 6 weeks:
5, 12, 19
& 26 March; 2 & 9 April: 10am –
Where: St Joseph’s church garage.
Raglan Parade just west of Kepler St.
Cost: $25 for stone. Gold coin donation for each session.
Registration: St Joseph’s Church office. Ph: 5562 2231
Bring: chisels and mallets, protective face mask and glasses,
if you have them. Also any pictures and models of sheep.
Limestone sculpting of a flock of
Open to adults and children (each child
must have an adult helper.)
Sheep will be displayed at various
points around Warrnambool and on the front lawn
of St Joseph's Church, leading visitors
to the Easter Art Exhibition in the Church Gathering Space.
Delve into the depths of your grandpa's garage and find any tools eg. chisels and mallets. (Some will be provided.) Bring along any pictures and models of sheep. If you have a protective face mask and glasses, please bring them too.
Learn a new skill. It will be lots of fun.
Sat 26 March 8:00 to 10.00am
Please click here to register:
Naringal Baptist church
3836 Cobden Warrnambool Rd, Naringal
All men welcome to enjoy a hearty hot breakfast, quality barista coffee and challenging conversations.
These breakfasts are all about getting men together to enjoy good conversations, coffee, food and fellowship. We aim to be challenged by the speakers and as Proverbs 27:17 says we aim to 'sharpen' each other to be the best versions of ourselves.
Sat 26 March 8:00 to 10am
Please click here to register:
Naringal Baptist church
3836 Cobden Warrnambool Rd, Naringal
Elly is an artist, teacher and mentor. She has worked in adult education and in the prisons, and is now working in a high tech digital STEM centre for secondary students. Elly has been a Christian her whole life and has faced many challenges that has allowed her to explore true faith meaning and relationship with God. Come and hear Elly share some heart-warming stories about the faith application she makes in and through her art practice and her teaching.
Art exhibition is open for all artists to exhibit work under the
acrylic, oil, water colour, Indigenous Artist, printmaking, and other media or technique.
There will also be encouragement and people's choice prizes.
The exhibition will be open to the community for viewing and sales.
Easter Art Competition
26 March to 1 May 2022
Open each Saturday and Sunday between 12pm & 4pm Merri View Gallery, 4 Coramba Court, Warrnambool
and Banner Display
Beautiful stitchery using modern and traditional techniques
Sat 2nd April 2022 1 – 4 pmLutheran Church
261 Koroit St Warrnambool
Enjoy a mouth watering Devonshire Tea
Lutheran Ladies show their unique and
incredibly skilled traditional embroidery
Saturday 2nd April 2022
The Lighthouse Theatre
185 Timor Street Warrnambool
Singer/songwriter and harpist Alana Conway has been singing since 10 years of age. Born in Bendigo, into a musical family, Alana's passion for music soon became apparent after performing the Australian National Anthem for her first professional appearance at the age of 14. In 2006 at the age of 16 Alana began playing the harp thus beginning her love affair with folk music and creating the beautiful combination of harp and vocals. Keen to pursue a musical career Alana went on to study classical voice at Melbourne University, completing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 2011. Alana was also a semi-finalist on season 4 of Seven Networks Australia's Got Talent in 2010 and a national finalist for the 2011 Limelight Magazine singing competition. Signed to ABC Music/Universal in 2013, Alana's debut album 'Fields of Gold' charted at No.2 in the Classical Crossover ARIA. Having toured extensively throughout Australasia on both land and sea, her soulful and powerful vocals are in constant demand and have graced many of Australia's great stages, radio and television including ABC's Spicks and Specks, Australia's Logie Awards, Channel 10 Late News and Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight on Channel 9. Currently living in Sydney, Alana is busy writing and recording her long-awaited album of original material due for release in 2022.
Alana Conway "Never Enough" from the Greatest Showman. Performed with the Salvation Army Band at the 2018 Salvation Army 'Our Christmas Gift'. Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Victoria.
The Melbourne Staff Band of The Salvation Army
The early performances of the Melbourne Staff Band were not auspicious; a report from 1890 said ‘It managed to get over one tune successfully while Major Barritt begged for the collection!’ It was probably to be expected; the Band was put together, at the behest of Commissioner Thomas B. Coombs, by Staff Bandmaster Jeremiah Eunson from a motley group of eight officers, three comrades and Willie the messenger, all staff from The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters. Only Eunson, who arranged all the music, trained and conducted the Band, had any musical experience.
Progress was rapid though and by 1899, when the band first journeyed interstate to
support the visit of General William Booth, a reporter could write of its ‘spirited playing,
perfect harmony and brilliant execution of the music.’ Since its inception there have seen six name changes and ten different Staff Bandmasters but those virtues remained inviolate.
By 1924, the band was broadcasting; in 1929 it made its first recording and in1959 made
its initial overseas tour, to New Zealand. The Band, under Staff Bandmaster Colin Woods,
probably established its world-wide reputation at The Salvation Army’s International Congress in 1978 when, after a wonderful U.K. tour, composer Kevin Norbury wrote in The International Bandsman, that the Band was ‘the finest Army band I’ve heard in the last ten years.’
The Band’s international reputation has been enhance by visits to the U.K. (four times), Europe, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and, Korea. Recordings are regular features of the Band’s diary but not its raison d’être. It maintains its primary roles of supporting major Salvation Army events, sponsoring concerts with leading contemporary performers from Australia and overseas and campaigning in the streets and halls of towns, large and small, throughout Australia.
In becoming a world-class band, the Melbourne Staff Band has not lost sight of its
mission. It has a great history and tradition but presses on bringing the message of Christ
to the modern world. The challenge is immense but the Band continues its quest in the
firm belief that its work is relevant and the God it serves will honour its commitment.
Staff Bandmaster Ken Waterworth
When Ken Waterworth joined the Melbourne Staff Band in 1979, he already had a formidable reputation as a euphonium soloist. His progression to Deputy Bandmaster and, in 1994, to Bandmaster was smooth and natural as by then, he had established his credentials for leadership and musicianship far beyond the confines of The Salvation Army.
For over 25 years, Ken was the Director of Music at Eltham High School where he built the instrumental programme to the point where his Senior Symphonic Band was consistently a national pace-setter in the genre. Amongst many community honours recognizing this, he received the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for outstanding leadership and development
in music education.
As Staff Bandmaster, Ken’s constant challenge is to affirm the relevance of the brass band in a changing Army musical ethos. He endeavours, he says, to extend the boundaries of musical styles of the Band ‘to serve the present age.’ He succeeds by maintaining the superb standards he inherited, producing attractive concerts, both contemporary and traditional, backed by innovative use of multi-media technologies, campaigning in corps throughout the country and actively encouraging the next generation of Army musicians.
The singer with the velvet voice
7pm Sunday 3rd
Seventh- day Adventist Church
101 Lava St, Warrnambool
-----A TRIBUTE TO------
Gavin Chatelier has been a full time singer songwriter, guitarist and entertainer for 25 years. He has 20 studio albums to his credit and performs 150 variety shows each year. Gavin’s full Elvis Gospel Show has received wide acclaim and is promoted as the “The Hit of the Blue Mountains Elvis Festival” at the “Biggest Elvis festival in Australia”. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable event from the “The singer with the velvet voice”.READ MORE
Beautiful Easter Arts Display by Mercy Place residents
4th – 18th April 2022
9am – 4.30pm
16 Hopetoun Rd, Warrnambool
staff at Mercy Place residential Aged Care organise craft and art classes for
the residents. Members of the
Warrnambool art community are encouraged to give their time to run sessions. With
Covid 19 restrictions, classes have been restricted, but the residents are
still creating beautiful art to display each year as part of the Warrnambool
Easter Arts Festival.
will be amazed at their skill.
Two intimate cooking demonstrations
with Raya of Sunny’s Treats.
Start with a welcome drink, followed by a fun guided demonstration including simple health tips. Learn how to make healthy desserts and easy salads
TUESDAY 5 APRIL 7PM | DESSERTS TUESDAY 12 APRIL 10:30AM | SALADS
101 Lava St Warrnambool
Primary school children are invited to submit Easter themed
artwork for display at Gateway Plaza.
$100 GIFT CARD PRIZE FOR THE WINNER OF EACH AGE GROUP.
Artwork (no larger than A3 size) to be delivered to Gateway Plaza Centre Management Office by Wednesday 6th April 2022 for display in the centre during school holidays. Artwork to be clearly marked on back with name, age & school
Friday 8 April 6.30 –
New Life Christian
41 Bromfield St,
Gold coin donation Last day of term.
A great way to start your school holiday.
This is a sun smart event.
Is the 23rd Psalm relevant to our world today considering the plight of our brothers and sisters around the world
This exhibition features lino prints and other artwork.
St Joseph’s Church Gathering Space
169 Kepler Street
Open 10am – 4pm
9th to 24th April, 2022
All welcome – just follow the sheep.
Saturday 9 April 2022 1 - 4 pm
Creating community for young and old with the CWA.
Children will choose to participate and learn through craft.
$1 per child. Afternoon tea $5.00
CWA Hall, 30 Kepler St, Warrnambool
CWA (Country Women's Association) is a group of dedicated women, supporting women, children and families right across Victoria.
New members are welcome.
Saturday 9th April 3:00pm
St Joseph’s Church, Kepler St Warrnambool
Donation $5 at door
The Easter story according to the Gospel of St. Luke dramatically told by Biblical Storyteller, Philip Liebelt
Monday 11th April, 7pm
Warrnambool Uniting Church, 115 Koroit Street
Warrnambool Uniting Church as part of the Easter Arts Festival presents
The Rev. Philip Liebelt has
been a Biblical Storyteller for 32 years, and since 1998 has been
telling ninety minutes of 'Luke's Gospel.'
He has performed this across
Australia, and parts of it overseas. For 12 years he was National
Co-ordinator for the Network of Biblical Storytellers (Australia) and remains
active in the Network internationally. He has had two books published
growing out of his Biblical Storytelling and is writing another on 'Luke'. He
also has stories posted at Youtube Philip Liebelt.
This event is part of the
Ecumenical Holy Week devotions.
Philips YouTube Channel VIDEO
Naringal Baptist Church: 3836 Cobden-Warrnambool Road, Naringal 3277
Come along and be
inspired to create!- Free Easter Art
Display and Workshops at Naringal.
include photography, pyrography, oil, acrylic and watercolour art by local
Also, local artists will
provide hands on workshops with all materials provided, no experience
necessary, and you can take your own creation home.
At the Workshops you can.
Make a useful gadget in Woodwork
Learn simple techniques to decorate your own china piece with China Painting
Learn indoor plant propagating methods to create new plants for your home
Have a go at wood burning to make your own wooden plaque in Pyrography
Splash out with colour to paint stunning abstract flowers in Acrylic painting
Explore various Watercolour techniques to create your own masterpiece
Workshop numbers are limited, so please book your place.
Discover the wonderful world of puppets with puppeteer and teacher
Chris Elkington. Over two days, Primary aged kids will learn how to make their
own sock puppet, perform a puppet and watch an entertaining puppet show.
Parents are welcome.
Dates: April 12 & 13, 2022 Time: 1:00-4:00pm Warrnambool Baptist Church
Cost: $10.00 per child (includes afternoon tea & craft) Numbers are capped For tickets: please contact Warrnambool Baptist Church 207 Koroit Street, Warrnambool.
Ph: (03) 5561 1066
"It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights..."
WELCOME TO ALL WHO LIKE SINGING THE OLD HYMNS
along and join us in singing the old hymns of the church
A scrumptious afternoon tea will also be served.
1:30 pm, 13 April 2022
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
41 Bromfield Street, Warrnambool .
Exploring art making as a tool for relaxation, refreshment, and reminiscence .
No experience necessary.1 ½ hr session, all materials supplied.
Sat 16th April & or Mon 18th April 10.30 – 12.00
New Life Church Bromfield St… cost $20 per session
Exploring art making as a tool for relaxation, refreshment, and reminiscence.
Using pencils, paint, pastels, and collage, reconnect with your innate creativity in this relaxing, supportive workshop. Prioritising the creative process, this session aims to help you ‘tell a story’ visually, in a playful and encouraging environment.
No experience necessary.1 ½ hr session, all materials supplied.
Lakes & Craters Band Camperdown Inc.
(Lakes & Craters), formerly known as the Camperdown Fire Brigade Band Inc.
has been an active part of the community since 1938. The band was formerly a brass
band, but decided to go "concert" due to a lack of brass players and
the fact that more woodwind instruments were now being taught in schools.
Lakes & Craters is a community band comprised of people of various ages and abilities, with a training band for people to learn an instrument together with others at a similar level. The band has competed at National and State championships, with wins at both levels. The Warrnambool City Brass Band was originally put together by the local militia in the mid 1800s, and functioned as a community brass band. When numbers dwindled and the demand for a brass band dropped, the Warrnambool City Concert Band was born. The band plays regularly at fetes, official functions, and competitions, and is planning a tour of Tasmania at the end of the year. As part of the Warrnambool and District Easter Arts Festival, they will combine to play at Lake Pertobe on Easter Saturday, 16 April 2022, from 11.00am to 1.30pm. Bring along your chairs, relax in the sun with gentle sound of rolling waves, children playing, seagulls soaring.....bliss.... to the magnificent strains of the Lakes and Craters Band, supported by the Warrnambool City band. These bands is not just “another band.” They are master musicians.
6.30am Easter Sunday 17th April at Cannon Hill (Southern end of Liebig Street) This is an outdoor service to recognise the significance of the dawning day and the light overcoming darkness as proclaimed and celebrated in the Church's holy Scripture and holy tradition.
The service is held to mark the empty tomb that greeted Mary as dawn broke on Easter morning. For Christians, the reason for timing a service to coincide with the rising of the sun is simple: It was dawn when the first believers — in every gospel account, women — went to the tomb of Jesus, found the rock rolled away from the entrance and the body of Jesus gone. Celebrating together Jesus’ resurrection and the dawn of a new day.
Sunday and Monday 17th
and 18th April 2022 (Easter weekend)
Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24 April 2022
10am – 4pm each day
The Easter Art exhibition in the Uniting Church foyers and
sanctuary has been a much celebrated annual feature of the Warrnambool Easter
Festival. Exhibits have included many
forms of art – painting, quilt making, ceramics, china painting, textile arts,
floral art, photography, woodwork and many more.
In 2021 the theme was “A Favourite Hymn”. This year, 2022, the exhibition is focused on “All Abilities” with local artists of All Abilities invited to exhibit. Some artists will also have artworks for sale.
The exhibition opens on Easter Sunday and will culminate the following Sunday with a “Songs of Praise around the World” service. The morning tea preceding this service will include traditional cakes and Easter foods from many different countries and cultures. Entry is free. Please come and enjoy.
Join us for a fun morning making Easter biscuits together. Eat your biscuit or take it home. Ideal activity for families and young children. Lots of yummy fun! Morning tea will also be provided. This is a “no cost” event.
Warrnambool and District Baptist Church
207 Koroit Street Warrnambool
20th April 2:00 pm $10
Baptist Church hall 207 Koroit St Warrnambool
Fully qualified and experienced instructor: Kirrie Arms
Students and their carers welcome
Please phone 55611066 to register
A school age dance class catering for every
capability .... from never danced before to
danced for years and love it.
It is an all abilities class.
Kirrie Arms is an accomplished and fully
qualified dance instructor with an innate
sensitivity to the needs and feelings of each
young person and she shares with them and
encourages them a great joy in expression
through dance. The class provides the fine
line between freedom and the opportunity
for gentle, positive learning.
Please phone 55611066 to register
The “Heavenly Gems” will inspire and give great joy.
A delightful variety concert of unique instruments and ensembles which has become an annual feature of the Warrnambool & District Easter Arts Festival.
Price $10 at the door or can be purchased online
Pre book your tickets to avoid disappointment!
Saturday 23 April, 7pm
Christ Church, 230 Koroit St (corner of Koroit & Henna Streets)
Songs of Praise
115 Koroit Street
Sunday 24 April 2022
10:00am: MORNING TEA
With cakes that showcase how Easter is celebrated around the world
10:30am: SONGS OF PRAISE
10am Morning Tea:
Enjoy a scrumptious morning tea/coffee with a selection of traditional Easter cakes and foods that showcase how Easter is celebrated around the world.
10.30am: "Songs of Praise"
Then join us as we sing the chants, songs and hymns of praise from many countries and cultures including Germany, Ghana, Israel, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Caribbean, South Africa, Tonga and Australia.
The Warrnambool & District Easter Arts Festival acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
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Easter Arts Festival is all about our community, we would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or events that you would like to see included in our program like local acts, artists, musicians that would complement our Festival theme, make sure to let us know. You can contact us by calling
John Stephen : 0439 631 030