Festival celebrates international acts

Li-Wei Quin
Li-Wei Quin

Woodend Winter Arts Festival is set to be a celebration of all things creative on the 10th anniversary of the event.

The event will feature artists from all over the world descending on the Macedon Ranges town.

Artists from Austria, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore and Ukraine will share their talents with patrons over four big days.

Singaporean virtuoso cellist Li-Wei Quin will perform with Ukrainian-born pianist Alexey Yemtsov bringing different countries together in central Victoria.

Not only will the festival be a celebration of foreign music but it will stage a full baroque opera never performed in Australia before.

The festivals artistic director Dr Jacky Ogeil said the festival is one of the most exciting yet.

"We are getting so many international acts from all over the world," she said.

"We have a string quarter from Vienna, a harpist from France to add to the artistic culture of all of Australia.

"We are doing things you will not hear anywhere else.

"We have to be internationally competitive.

"We are providing something the Melbourne classical scene cannot.

"We have got the absolute best in Australia performing here in Woodend but it is still accessible for everyone as the ticket prices are low because we use the local facilities.

"We are making excellence accessible to all people."

Each year the festival is broadcast on ABC Classic FM and a podcast of the festival is also offered to listeners via the station’s website.

In 2013, the festival attracted more than 6,000 visitors to the central Victorian town.

Many people travelled to Woodend from Melbourne and all over Victoria, as well as from interstate.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au