Something for everyone at 2017 Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

There will be something to inspire, entertain and interest all members of the family at this year’s Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

The festival, which runs from today until Sunday, aims to celebrate the cultural, literary and arts heritage of Penola, the fine wines of Coonawarra and and the region’s premium produce.

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival committee member Natasha Gordon said this year’s program features a varied collection of performances, workshops, exhibitions and literary events.

“The festival takes place across the whole region and there’s a bit of everything to appeal to everyone, no matter what age you are or what you’re interested in,” she said.

“You can basically create your own itinerary because there’s so many events to suit everyone’s needs. You can just turn it into the experience you want it to be.”

The festival kicks off tonight with the Balnaves Foundation’s John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize and accompanying art competition before the Co-Opera performance ‘Eugene Onegin’ takes place.

Highlights at this year’s festival include a comedy night and the ‘Coonawarra Vignerons Shenanigans Part 6’ at Coonawarra Hall, a live music event featuring Masco Sound System, Kelly Menhennett and Archer to name a few.

There will be plenty at the festival to keep the young at heart entertained including walk-in walk-out workshops, a puppeteering show called ‘Bunk Puppets Slapdash Galaxy’ and hands-on activities.

To find out more information, visit the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival website at