Australia is awash with festivals – Wikipedia lists more than 350. Festivals offer excitement and information, sometimes intrigue and possibly inspiration. They are a gathering point for expression, expertise and entertainment. Really good festival moments bring something else, too, genuineness and a welcoming quality. These are moments where expression is embraced without judgement. The result can look strange from the outside, but is stimulating and affirming for those involved, and why stay on the outside anyway? Great festival experiences often happen away from large cities, away from huge crowds and corporate sponsorship. There is something wonderfully and appropriately earthy about festivals that stay close to the grass roots.
So we are very pleased to announce that we will be performing at one such festival, the biennial Nati Frinj. We’re playing on the Saturday night, 2 November, but Nati Frinj kicks off with the Hay and Thespian Parade the day before and runs right through the weekend.
If you’re in Melbourne, this is the weekend before the Melbourne Cup holiday and we highly recommend making the trip up to Natimuk.
If you’re in Victoria on holiday, take the chance to come and see a part of the state (and the country) that tourists visit all too rarely. You can drive to Natimuk in just a few hours or catch the train/bus.
If Wikipedia is right, then there is a festival for every 65,000 Australians. Make yours special, do something unusual, go (north) west and we’ll see you at the Natimuk Bowls Club.
You can check out the whole program here: 2013 Nati Frinj program.