It is with regret that the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Festival – slated to be held from May 14-17 - due to the unprecented situation of COVID-19.
The Committee would like to thank the strong local community and business support given in recent months leading up to the Festival through their commitment to event creation, monetary, in-kind and ‘Friends of the Festival’ sponsorship. The Committee also acknowledges the unwavering support of Coonawarra wineries - both with monetary donations and in wine, venues, event creation and volunteer hours – over this, and previous years.
The Festival started in its embryonic stages almost 29 years ago, and today has grown to become one of regional Australia’s leading arts events. The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival ensures the arts thrive in our vibrant community for children, adults, families, the elderly and local organisations.
The Committee is committed to working toward the 2021 Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.
Further information please contact Katie Moorhouse on 0419 821 689 or Simon Weston 0408 085 116.
"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
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
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.