During March 2020, Shepparton Festival delivered 24 out of 60 events of its EVOLVE program over a 4 day period. The declaration of a state of emergency on 16 March resulted in the committee’s decision to cancel the remaining festival to ensure the safety of our audience, contributors and staff.

Shepparton Festival’s response has been to:

  • Provide payment to artists for work completed and/or a commitment to include their work in future programming;
  • Continuation of commitment to our casual and contract staff;
  • Continuation of student work placements;
  • Full refunds to ticket holders.

We welcome the announcement of the government’s Sustaining Creative Workers funding initiative. Like so many arts organisations and artists, we have been punching well above or weight, running on the smell of an oily rag to bring joy to our communities. We hope this initiative will help artists and creative organisations such as our small, not-for-profit community organisation survive. We plan to come out swinging in 2021, and initiatives such as this really help us look towards the future that little bit more confidently.

Right now, we are proactively connecting people, artists, and organisations to promote arts in our region during the pandemic, and we are thinking about Shepparton Festival 2021 – our 25th anniversary! The Shepparton Festival team are regularly meeting and generating ideas for programming and community connection, focused on art, culture, and entertainment, because we know that cultural opportunities and stimulating events will be very much needed.

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Every March the Shepparton Festival brings the community together to celebrate our culture, history, art and region’s strengths.

The Shepparton Festival team are pleased to acknowledge our sponsors, partners, and the many volunteers. This festival is only made possible because of their generous support that makes the Shepparton Festival happen year after year.

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