"Penola is a warm and vibrant community of talented artists, and the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival celebrates art in all its forms. From the opening night – and the awarding of the John Shaw Neilson Art Acquisition Prize – to the closing ceremonies in the town square, I was embraced and welcomed to every event. From gallery openings to artistic demonstrations, from delicious local produce and tempting vintage wines to enthusiastic young writers and lively musicians, the festival is home to a broad palette of activities and experiences. I was honoured to be involved in judging the Catherine Martin Youth Literary Award, and delighted to participate in the Literary Brunch, hosted by Hollick Estates. Penola is a charming and historic town of original stone cottages and a celebration of life from a bygone era, including the legacy of Mary MacKillop, seamlessly melded with modern influences of music, art and literature. There really is something for everyone. But it is the people that make the difference, and this little community thrives on inclusivity - young and old, alternative and conservative, progressive and traditional. I enjoyed myself immensely and cannot more highly recommend Penola Coonawarra as a festival to add to your calendar. You will not be disappointed."
"People’s enthusiasm for their town and this wonderful festival were instantly apparent and completely infectious."
Lucy Treloar Author ‘Salt Creek’June 4, 2018
Fabulous festival (again)
Fabulous festival (again). Loved everything I attended, especially Lucy Treloar and the Tea Blending at Coonawarra Store. Found the Catherine Martin literary prize inspiring. So much to see and experience. Thank you to the organising committee for all your hard work in bringing such a fabulous festival to our community.
Anne JohnsonJune 6, 2018
Great wine, food & music
Had a sensational weekend. Great wine, food & music in a beautiful place with beautiful people! Congratulations to all involved.
Jennifer WilcoxJune 6, 2018
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Partners of the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival 2018