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The Castlemaine Fringe Festival marks its halfway point this Saturday with eight hours of unrestrained joy as the ‘Castlemaine Reactivate the Night’ street party takes place across four stages in Castlemaine’s town centre.

The family-friendly night kicks off at 4.00pm with a Teddy Bears Picnic in Victory Park. Things escalate from there with performances by Park Lunch and the Thompson’s Foundry (Brass) Band.

As evening sets in, those attending the Saturday 27 March street party will be entertained by music, street performers, buskers, dancers, and projections up on the town’s historic Market Building.

Steph Riddel is the production manager of the extravaganza and said excitement was growing.

“We’re absolutely bringing the town centre alive this Saturday with an inclusive event in which everyone is welcomed to join together after a year of isolation and lockdown,” Steph said.

In true Fringe Festival spirit, it’s hard to know which way to look as Steph outlines the array of performances that will be on offer.

“In addition to the art, DJs, musicians, buskers, dancers and roving performers, like any great party live music will be central to the night,” Steph said.

“Our headline performers include Louise Terra, who recently joined us all here in Castlemaine, The Omega Point, Sons of the Blues, Lady Fun Times and Hayley Hoop Dog.

“Later on, Victory Park will be buzzing with electronic beats on the Kamp Kraken K-Sub – a roving art car sound system, with DJ extraordinaire Jen Moore,” she added.

Steph explained that, woven through an evening of pure joy, is a celebration of perseverance.

“The past year has been so challenging and that includes financially for so many, so as an organising collective we’re proud to be staging this free, inclusive night – an opportunity to come together and celebrate the vibrancy and tenacity of our artists and of our beautiful town,” Steph said.

“There’s another great week of Fringe Festival awaiting us in the following week, but Saturday night is very much that unashamedly joyous get-together that every great Fringe Festival calls for,” she said with a delighted laugh.

Further details about the evening, including timing, musicians and artists, can be found in the:

COVID Safe restrictions will be in place at this event. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

The Castlemaine Fringe Festival takes place on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

Media contact: David Littlewood mb. 0412 052 174


Pics by Steve Argent featuring clockwise from top left: Sam from Lady Fun Times, Emmaline AKA GoldDiGga (DJ), Park Lunch (trio), Renee Woolridge (CFF vollie coordinator), Azzy Jay (CFF Director), Steph Riddel (CFF production manager) all on the KSUB !