14-16 May 2021

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival celebrates Penola’s rich literary history, artists, live music, performing arts, film, kids activities and Coonawarra’s fine food and wine. Evolving since 1991.


Register an event

We welcome all artists, wineries musicians, local businesses, food producers, performers and creatives to register an event with our Festival. 


It is with our sincere thank you to our Festival’s Friends, Sponsors and Event registrations – thanks for your generosity and patience through COVID-19 and cancellation of the 2020 Festival. Your investment in 2020 will be carried over to the 2021 Festival – you will receive all the benefits of being a 2021 Friend, Sponsor or Event registered with the Festival.

Become a Friend of the Festival

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. Our ‘Friends’ help us to keep securing artists and promoting Penola’s rich arts history and fine Coonawarra food and wine.

Sponsor the 2021 Festival

The Arts Festival is run purely by volunteers and relies on the generous financial support of our sponsors, our community and visitors that join in the celebration of the arts and of our region’s fine food and wine.

The Design Prize 2021 is Open

This is an amazing opportunity for artists and graphic designers around Australia to submit designs that will be incorporated into all our branding and marketing material for our next Festival. The prize money is $1,000 and has been proudly donated by The Penola & District Community Bendigo Bank.

Catherine Martin Literary Award

Catherine Edith Macauley Martin née Mackay was an Australian novelist and poet who migrated with her family to South Australia in 1855, settling in Robe and later in Naracoorte.


The John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize 2021 is Open

The John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, is open to all emerging and established artists throughout Australia, and entries must be inspired by the works of this early Penola poet. The prize money is $12,000 and has been proudly donated by The Balnaves Foundation.



Proud Partners of the 2021 Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival