This is the 2018 program and is here to display what you might expect for 2019.
We are currently working on the 2019 and will update the website as soon as the program is finalised.
The program will be available here and will also be distributed in local newspapers in the region prior to the festival. Copies will also be available at the Visitors Information Centre.
2018 Festival Program
Quick linksThis 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 27Bright 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: email@example.com 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 28Wandi 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 29Church 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 30Social 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 1U3A 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 2Metal 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 3Gold 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 4Red 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 DayBright 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 6Freeburgh 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.