Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival program out

THE Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival program was launched on March 28.

A good crowd turned out to the Penola Visitor Information Centre for the program launch.

Committee member Fleur Roachock adressed the crowd, speaking of how exciting this year's festival promises to be - with a myriad of live performances, exhibitions and workshops planned.

Highlights of this year's program include Co-Opera's performance of "Madama Butterfly" and the Orange Tree concert - a tribute to the works of John Shaw Neilson by renowned singer-songwriter Darryl Emmerson.

Now coming in to its 23rd year, the festival has grown to become Australia's leading regional arts festival.

It celebrates the literary and arts heritage of Penola, the fine wines of Coonawarra and premium regional produce. 

The 2014 festival will be on May 22-25 and opens at Penola High School in conjunction with the announcement of the 2014 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, local art prize, youth art prize and festival design prize. Official proceedings start at 5.30pm.

For more information on the festival go here.

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