2021 Program

Festival Events 2021

The Balnaves Foundation Opening Night

Friday 14 May 2021, 5.30pm-7pm
Penola High School, Cameron Street Penola
FREE
(including drinks and nibbles)
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Join us with the guest judge Leigh Robb of the Art Gallery of South Australia, with raconteur Peter Goers, for the competition entry exhibitions and announcements of winners for:
• The John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize – $12,000
• The Bendigo Bank Design Prize – $1,000
• The Lois Hodge Local Artist Prize – $1,000
• The Catherine Martin Literary Prize – $500

Exhibition remains open 9am-4pm until 21 May 2021.

Sponsors: The Balnaves Foundation, Bendigo Bank Penola Branch, Lois Hodge, Penola High School, Cafe 43, Hoggies Estate Wine, Raidis Estate, St Mary’s Wine & Spirits, Must @ Coonawarra, The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.


“Maddening Self-Indulgent Crap” by Peter Goers
“A Book of Ideas” by Archer & Trevor

Saturday 15 May 2021, 11am-12.30pm
Guy Detot’s Le Max Gallery, 29 Young Street Penola
FREE (including gin tasting)
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Join us for the launch of Archer & Trevor’s new book and Peter Goers for signings of his recently released book, with songs and gin tastings.

Sponsors: Guy Detot, St Mary’s Wines & Spirits, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.


Co-Opera – Hey Old Friends

Saturday 15 May 2021, 7pm-10pm
Rymill Hall, Cameron Street Penola
$50 (including fizz, BYO food and wine – no shared platters)
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Opera favourites in a fun new cabaret style show, with the opportunity to share a drink and a chat after with the artists. Formed in 1990, Co-Opera is Australia’s busiest and oldest touring Opera company.

Sponsors: Cuvee-Co Wines, Coonawarra Units, Wattle Range Council, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.


Coonawarra Vignerons Shenanigans

Saturday 15 May 2021, 7pm-late
Coonawarra Hall, Memorial Drive, Coonawarra
$35 (reserve bus each way $5 + dinner by Simon Bowen of Pipers of Penola $15-25 + wine, beer and drinks sales)
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Shenanigans is back and running and aren’t we all happy about that! A stellar line up with Kelly Menhennett, Archer, The Cart Wheels, The Stokes and Zoe Fox.

Sponsors: Coonawarra Vignerons, Coonawarra Community Club, Davidson Cottage, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.


Literary Brunch – In conversation with Dee Nolan and Katie Spain

Sunday 16 May 2021, 10am-12pm
Penola Bowls Club, Queen Street, Penola
$50 (including brunch and glass of fizz)
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In conversation with Dee Nolan, the author of “A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France” and to “Santiago de Compostela” and international journalist about her fascinating life and career. Paul Stone renowned chef of Fodder will create an inspired brunch.

Sponsors: Hollick Estate, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, with thanks to Suzie Kidman and the Book Club members.


Down The Lane

Sunday 16 May 2021, from 11am
Petticoat Lane, Penola
FREE  Wander down the Lane and enjoy the fine food, fine beverages whilst listening to the Cartwheels. A lovely way to celebrate the Arts Festival on a Sunday.
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Sponsors: Wattle Range Council, The National Trust, The Side Project, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

Bendigo Bank Kids Program

Sunday 16 May 2021, from 11am
Mary Mackillop Memorial School, Petticoat Lane, Penola
FREE Walk-in on the day, with free arty kids activities and fundraising stall from our local schools.
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3pm-4pm FREE Kids Show – Basketball man
FREE Walk-in on the day, for a free show of basket-ball tricks, raps and rhymes.
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Sponsors: Bendigo Bank Penola Branch, Mary Mackillop Memorial School, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.


Other booking details for the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

•  Featured Events
•  The Full Program including all Events

•  Friday 14 May 2021
•  Saturday 15 May 2021
•  Sunday 16 May 2021
All weekend and Ongoing

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