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2018 Festival Program

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This is the program for 2018. Some of the events are still in the process of being finalised so there may be additional events or cancellations so please check the program closer to the actual event.

For any one who would like to hold an event during the festival, please contact the Bright Autumn Festival committee at enquiries@brightautumnfestival.org.au.

Friday, April 27

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
28 Mountbatten Ave, Bright
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May

Up to 1000 quality Art Works! One of Australia’s largest and best Art Shows! Don’t miss this chance to view or purchase a piece of fine artwork as a quality memento of your visit. Works for every budget and taste! Smaller items of woodwork and jewellery will also be available.

Entry $5, Children/Students free.

Phone: (03) 5750 1074
www.brightartgallery.org.au

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Wandiligong Historic Public Hall
462 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May

Enjoy its period charm as you browse in comfort through the many stalls, showcasing locally grown produce and hand crafted goods - exquisite hand dyed scarves, cushions, blankets, handmade cards, jewellery-novelty items, homemade jams, preserves and other wickedly indulgent treats. The annual Autumn Craft and Produce market not to be missed!

Entry: Voluntary donation

Bright Autumn Instameet
Various Locations and Times

If you love taking photos, and would love to capture some of Australia’s most spectacular autumn colours, come along to Bright 2018 Instameet – Autumn. Join a gathering of photographers, keen and amateur, and Instagrammers, new and established.

Once again at Bright Mystic, Bright Brewery and Bright & Surrounds will be hosting a weekend of sunsets, sunrises and few favourite locations in between. Share in a weekend of inspirational images, tips and laughter.

Tickets include transport around the region, including to Mount Buffalo, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, a workshop and guided walks to locations. Numbers are limited so book soon.

 

For more information: https://www.visitbright.com.au/listing/bright-2018-instameet-autumn-bright/

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
28th to 30th April, and 4th to 7th May

Soak up the scenery on a fab electric bike ride along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Bright to a Mexican themed breakfast at the Rail Trail Café in Porepunkah. Round off the perfect morning taking in the views and tasting the range at Ringer Reef cellar door.

Entry $79 per person

Please contact Leigh at Bright Electric Bikes
Phone: 03 5755 1309 or 0416 654 992
Email: leigh@brightelectricbikes.com.au

www.brightelectricbikes.com.au

Bright Alpine Actors Inc
'It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To)'

Bright Court House, 1-3 Park Street, Bright
7.30pm
26th to 28th April, and 3rd to 5th May

A laugh out loud black comedy.

Now selling Tickets available in store at Bright Country Collectables, 24 Ireland St Bright or at www.trybooking.com/ULDF

Winding Road Design Studio Organic Exhibition
100 Gavan St, Bright
10 am - 5 pm daily

For the 2018 Bright Autumn Festival, we are glad to present to you a unique photographic exhibition called “ORGANIC” by local professional photographer Jean-Pierre Ronco.

In this exhibition captures the organic life present in our beautiful valley. 

 

Saturday, April 28

Wandi Nut Festival
Alpine Park, Wandiligong
9am - 4pm
Shuttle Bus, 10am-2pm from the Memorial Clock Tower in Bright

The Wandiligong Nut Festival celebrates our local growers, the end of harvest and the fabulous varieties of nuts and other fresh produce available in our cool climate during Autumn. The only nut festival of its kind in Australia!

The venue is Alpine Park, Wandiligong, nestled among heritage trees and gums with Morses Creek flowing close by. Come and enjoy local stallholders, cooking demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, food and wine, music and games for children.

Entry: Adults $2

All Day
• Produce and Artisan Market
• Chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, apples, beer, cider, wine, oil and lots more
• Chestnut roasting, Chestnut Soup
• Children’s Train Rides, Face painting, T-shirt painting

Live Music
• The Growlers Creek Band
• Waterline 
The Band

Also...
• 11.30am Children’s Games (1 hour)

• 1pm - 4pm Puppet Shows

Food & Wine Tent

• 10.45am - Roasted Chestnut tasting - Chestnuts Aust. Inc.
• 11am - Chestnuts Three Ways - Anthea Markowiak
• 12 noon - Feature Event - Chestnut Gnocchi with a walnut sauce - Patrizia Simone of Simone’s Cooking School followed by wine matching and tastings with Mark & Julie Holm of Ringer Reef Winery
• 1.30pm - Chestnut Hummus and Chestnut Pancakes - Sam Martin of Coral Lee Cafe
• 2.30pm - Chocolate Hazelnut Buter - Catherine Morgan of the Wandiligong Hall Commitee

www.brightvic.com/wandinutfestival/

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 28

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 28

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
28th to 30th April, and 4th to 7th May
See Friday April 28

Bright Autumn Instameet

See Friday April 28

Sunday, April 29

Church Services

Visitors to Bright during Autumn Festival are welcome
to attend any of the local Sunday church services:

• 9.30am Uniting Church in Ireland St
• 10am Church of Christ in Park St
• 10.30am Catholic Church in Coronaton Ave
• 11am Anglican Church in Church St

Historic Buckland Cemetery Tour
Meeting Bright Museum, Railway Ave, Bright
Starting 9.30am

Meet at the Bright Museum, maps and information provided. Drive in your own car to the Buckland Cemetery where a local historian will give a brief history of the gold rush days in the
Buckland and the lives and tragedies that befell the early gold seekers.

Entry: $10 including a delicious country morning tea
with homemade cakes, tea and coffee in the beautful
gardens of John and Nanete Hall, who live next door to
the cemetery.

Autumn Flea Market
Next door to the Bright Brewery
Starting 8 am - 1pm

 

Entry: Gold coin donation. Proceeds go to the Bright RSL Club.

Bright Autumn Instameet

See Friday April 28

Bright & District Historical Society Museum
Railway Ave, Bright
Open 2pm - 4pm (Sun, Tue and Thur during festival)

A range of nostalgic items depicting the towns early days including rail & mining history.

Entry: Adults $3, Children $1

Bright Fun Run
Pioneer Park Oval
Starting 8 am

The Bright Fun Run is now in its 8th year and is a great morning out for both families and the serious runner alike. Whether you want to support your kids in the 2km, challenge yourself in the half marathon or chase the single track on the trail runs there is an event to suit you

The event includes a 2, 5, 10 & 21.1km road course and a 5.4, 8.1 and 13.3km Trail Runs. You won't find a more picturesque running course surrounded by tree covered hills, mountain fresh air and crystal clear creeks.

Entry: 1/2 hour before the event or online at www.brightfunrun.com.au. Early bird prices for entries before 15 April.

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 27

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
28th to 30th April, and 4th to 7th May
See Friday April 27

Monday, April 30

Social Tennis
Bright Tennis Club, Coronaton Ave, Bright
Starting 1pm

Cost: $2 per person, includes a cuppa

Murders & Mysteries
Meet at the Alpine Visitor Informaton Centre, 119 Gavan Street, Bright
Starting 6pm (tour approx. 1 hour)

In the streets of Bright, learn about some of Bright’s darker side. Warm clothing essential.

Entry: $5 per person to Bright Historical Society

Bright Photography Workshop 2018
Photography workshop from 1 -5 May 2018 by renowned landscape and wildness photographer Cam Blake

This stunning alpine country town in the north east of Victoria just screams out to be photographed in Autumn.

Alpine roads lined with the brilliant vibrancy of Autumn make for one of the most spectacular locations to shoot. Next Autumn, I will be hosting my very first Bright Autumn Photo-Workshop and I am super excited about showing you all just how amazing this small township and surroundings are.

For more information on the workshop and pricing see: https://www.camblakephotography.com.au/products/bright-photo-workshop-twin-share

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 27

The Red Stag - Deer and Emu Tourist Farm
324 Hughes Lane, Eurobin
Open 10am - 4pm

Enjoy a light snack or gourmet meal. Animal feeding, deer, emu, ostrich and goats, including botle feeding the kids. Mini golf and playground. Commentary regarding the history, animal characteristics and byproducts at 10am.

Entry: Free

Tuesday, May 1

U3A Casual Cycle Group
Meet at Old Railway Shed, Railway Ave, Bright
Starting 9am

Enjoy a leisurely ride with locals and coffee afterwards.

Cost: Free, coffee at own expense. Be aware that this ride is not covered by insurance.

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 27

Bright & District Historical Society Museum
Open 2pm - 4pm (Sun, Tue and Thur during festival)
See Sunday April 29

Wednesday, May 2

Metal and Wood Day

Discover the talented people who design and make quality products in our valley. Visit 1 or all.

Suggested itinerary, 1pm - 3pm:

Don Shields, “River Redgum”
45D Station St, Porepunkah
Furniture & Timbers.

Leigh Kennedy, “Hand Crafted Wood”
337 Roberts Creek Rd, Porepunkah
Bespoke furniture, Artsan Gifs.

Steve Brown, “Made in the Country”
64 Coronaton Ave, Bright (opposite football ground)
Furniture & Sculpture from reclaimed wood & metal.

Simon Pankhurst, “Artist Blacksmith”
69 Churchill Ave, Bright
Workshop and gallery.

Bright Men’s Shed
Churchill Ave Bright (near CFA)
Finish here to view equipment & products.
Cuppa at 3pm Gold coin donation.

Entry: Free, with products for sale

Bright Singer Concert ‘2018 Autumn Concert’
Bright Community Centre, Railway Ave, Bright
Starting 8pm

Cost: $12 per person, Children free. Supper, gold coin donation for local chairity.
Tickets at Country Collectibles, Ireland St, or at the door.

Flower Arranging Demonstration
Uniting Church Hall, Bright
Starting 2 pm

Bright Lions A3820 Ladies Auxiliary will hold Flower Arranging demonstration and tips on indoor plant care by Hayley, local florist and Talk  on Felting by Mandy of Lyrebird, followed by afternoon tea.

Cost: $8 per person.

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 27

Thursday, May 3

Gold Mine Visit and Bright State Battery
Meet at the Bright Museum, Railway Ave, in your own transport
Starting 9.30am

Visit a Gold Mine site near Wandiligong, then travel in convoy to the State Battery in Coronation Ave near the junction with Churchill Ave for an opportunity to see an intact Quartz crushing battery.

Cost: $10 including tea, coffee and a biscuit.

Croquet Social Day
Bright Croquet Club, Burke Street, Bright
10am - 3pm

Come and try croquet, have fun and exercise at one of the oldest clubs in Victoria. Come for an hour or stay longer and enjoy a cuppa with a biscuit.

Cost: $5

Phone: 03 5750 1437

Bright Brewery Bush Dance
121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright
Starting 6pm - 9 pm

Round up your gang, grab your partner and swing on into Bright Brewery for a colourful night of bush dancing and fun, which will raise money to support the future of Brights Autumn Festival.

This special event is a community fundraiser that will help showcase the spectacular Autumn season in beautiful Bright. Wear your best bush attire.

Cost: Adults $15, Kids $10, Family (2 Adults , 2 children) $40

Buy tickets URL: https://www.trybooking.com/UZLE or at the Brewery

*$5 per ticket goes to Autumn Festival and $15 of the family tickets

Ranger Guided Walk
Mt Buffalo Natonal Park - Dickson Falls
Meet at Cresta car park
11am - 12.30pm

Join the Park Ranger for a 1.5hr guided walk (gentle, no steep ascents or descents) across open snow plains and through Snow Gum woodlands to the edge of the plateau. Discover some of the park’s unique history and take in the lovely views over the Buckland Valley and across to the Australian Alps..

Entry: Free, please book (limited group size)

For further information or to book, please call Michelle Doherty
Phone: 03 8427 2581
Email: michelle.doherty@parks.vic.gov.au

Australian Pumpkin Seed Company
European Specialty Seed and Nut Oil Appreciation Tasting. 12pm - 3pm . No appointment necessary

www.pumpkinseed.net.au

5061 Great Alpine Road

Ovens

Ph: 03 5752 1199

Bright & District Historical Society Museum
Open 2pm - 4pm (Sun, Tue and Thur during festival)
See Sunday April 29

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 27

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
27th to 29th April, and 3rd to 6th May
See Friday April 27

Friday, May 4

Red Cross Morning Tea & Stall
Uniting Church grounds, Ireland St, Bright
Open 9am - 12 noon

Homemade jams, sauce, relish. Delicious cakes. Books, bric-a-brac.

Cost: Morning tea is $5 per person

Bright Astronomy Club - Star Gazing Night
Bright Memorial Arboretum
Open 7 pm- 10 pm 

An evening of star gazing.

Cost: Gold Coin Entry 

Contact Club President Zachary on 0438863739 for more details.

Murders & Mysteries
Starting 6pm (tour approx. 1 hour)
See Monday April 30

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
See Friday April 28

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
27th to 29th April, and 43rd to 6th May
See Friday April 27

Bright Singer Concert ‘2018 Autumn Concert’
Starting 8pm
See Wednesday May 2

Photography Workshop
Starting 2 pm at 100 Gavan St, Bright

Jean-Pierre Ronco will conduct a photography workshop during the Bright Autumn Festival to celebrate his exhibition "ORGANIC" at Winding Road Design Studio in Bright Victoria.

This workshop has limited places and it is open to everyone from beginners to the most advanced photographers.

All the workshop participants will meet on Friday 4th May 2018 between 1:30pm and 2pm at the Winding Road Design Studio located 100 Gavan Street in Bright (Victoria).

Our workshop will start at 2pm.

From 2pm to 5pm, we will be on site to capture the Autumn colours in the Alpine Valley. 

For more information see: http://imagewriter.weebly.com/workshops.html

Saturday, May 5 - Bright Rotary Gala Day

Bright Gala Day Market & Street Entertainment
Main Street in Bright
9am - 4pm

Many market stalls, live bands, food, children’s entertainment and buskers.

GRAND PARADE
Theme “Our Town, Your Town”

Starting 1.45pm

The highlight of the Festival. Floats from businesses & community groups, brass & pipe bands and street entertainment.

Evening Tour of Bright Pioneer Cemetery
Coronation Ave, Bright
Starting 5pm

Tales of robbery, murder and hardship from the gold rush days. Tour depending on weather.

Entry: $5 per person to Bright Historical Society

Bright Brewery Bonfire
Bright Brewery
Starting 4 - 9pm

Bonfire, mini-market vibe, demonstrations, music 

Entry: Free

Darebin Brass Band Concert
Theme "Around the World in 80 Minutes"
Bright Community Hall - Railway Ave
Doors open 7pm. Concert 7.30pm

Darebin City Brass - Preston Band is the premier band
in one of the most recognised brass band organisations
in Australia, with a proud history formed over 83 years.
Darebin City Brass is a community-based group who
strive to produce quality music.

Cost: Adults $15 Concession $10. B.Y.O. supper, Tea &
coffee supplied. 

Bright's Got Talent
Sibley Sound Shell, Howitt Park
Start: 3 pm

This year, Bright's Got Talent, is being brought to you by participants of The Mandala Project’s Emerging Leader’s Program.

All acts are welcome - young, old, musicians, comedy, poetry - the more the merrier. There is no cost to enter and there will be some great prizes on offer.

For more information contact Anthony Nicholson on 0435 910 357 

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
27th to 29th April, and 3rd to 6th May
See Friday April 27

Sunday, May 6

Freeburgh Bush Market
Freeburgh - 9km from Bright on the Great Alpine Rd
9am - 1pm

Variety of stalls, morning tea & BBQ available.

Entry: Free. All proceeds towards the new hall.

Music Music Music at the Bright Soundshell
Howitt Park, Bright
11am - 2pm

Mt Beauty Community Band a local and very popular band will play from 11am-2pm.

Entry: Free

Farm Connection: A Journey to Wellbeing
Wandiful Produce, Morses Creek Road Wandiligong
From 8 am - 12 pm

Spend a morning on a small biodynamic farm in Wandiligong Victoria, slowing down and making connections between:
‒ healthy food through soil and getting dirty hands,
‒ a more aware mind through meditation practice,
‒ an energised and nourished body through yoga.

For more information see: 

http://www.emilyroseyoga.com/farm-connection-a-journey-to-wellbeing 

Suitcase Sale
Bright Museum, Railway Ave, Bright
2pm - 4pm

A fun and different event held on the old railway platform. Bring along anything you can ft in a suitcase. Pick a spot and open your case. A great way to get rid of those unwanted knick-knacks, or for those crafty folk, sell your creations.

Entry: $3, $5 to sell wares. School children entry free
and are encouraged to be a part of this fun event

Church Services
See Sunday April 29

Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
See Friday April 27

Bright & District Historical Society Museum
Open 2pm - 4pm (Sun, Tue and Thur during festival)
See Sunday April 29

Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
27th to 29th April, and 3rd to 6th May
See Friday April 27

Bright Singer Concert ‘2018 Autumn Concert’
2pm matinee only
See Wednesday May 2

Cloud Nine Cinema - Short Film Festival

15 short films - An opportunity to see firsthand how talented and inspiring people from around Australia weave their magic on the big screen!

2pm matinee only

Cloud Nine will also be running an Autumn Film Festival from the 16th - 30th May.

Purchase a $30 AFF Voucher and watch 3 movies of your choice for the 2 week Autumn Film Festival.

2019 Dates 
We will be back even bigger and better in 2019 from Friday 26th April to Sunday 5th May 2019.