State festival opens in Castlemaine

The Castlemaine State Festival held its opening night party on Friday night.

With a theme of “The Future of Things Past” the night featured acrobats, dancers, clowns, beatboxers and brass bands set to bring the celebration to life.

It was held at the Castlemaine Goods Shed which will be transformed in to a live theatre space and is the home of Castlemaine Circus.

After beginning in 1976, the Castlemaine State Festival is held once every two years and grown to become one of Australia’s leading regional arts festivals.

Community groups, school students, volunteers and artists come from all over the Mount Alexander region to put the festival together.

The 10-day festival runs until March 26. Visit for more.