The Castlemaine State Festival will present a program showcasing new works in development for 2019 as part of Artlands Victoria.
On display from 11am on Friday, patrons will be able to immerse themselves in three experiences throughout Castlemaine.
Visitors will also be able to check out the Lot 19 artspace and The Mill as examples of the town’s artistic culture.
“When this opportunity came along for Artlands, it coincided that we had these artists developing their work to a state where we could show what they’re working on,’ Castlemaine State Festival director Glyn Roberts said.
“It will be great to share it with the amazing people who are (attending Artlands) and it is a great way to introduce them to the state festival and the town itself.
“Some of these artists have been working on their work for over a year.”
Food Concert is a research-based social practice that looks at the relation between food and our daily lives.
The performance has been developed by Chun-liang Liu in accordance with the actions people use to make food from gathering and preserving to cooking and digesting.
It encourages people to know their food through sense rather than information provided on packaging.
“We wanted to look at people’s relationship to food, right down to context of their relationship with fridges,” Mr Roberts said.
“Chun has been asking community members to check out their fridges and it will be an amazing tour through the psychology of Castlemaine residents and their fridges.
Poet Adam Ford will present an open-air spoken word performance titled Dance to the Anticlinal Fold.
The performance centres on a Castlemaine rock formation that was uncovered in the 19th Century with the walking tour literally taking audiences on a journey.
Muckleford artist Fayen d’Evie will present Dustcloud at the Old Casltemaine Gaol as part of next year’s Castlemaine State Festival.
Dustcloud was developed through research at the Old Castlemaine Gaol and explores sensory conversations and vibrational interactions using sound and performance artists.
Mr Roberts said the program is almost a preview of next year’s Castlemaine State Festival.
“The visitors will get really get a rich day engaging with the wonderful aspects of Castlemaine,” he said.
“We’re planning on launching our program in early December but hopefully we will have pre-released singular concerts and events before then, which is something the festival has never done before. We want to get them into the public and get people excited early.”
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