As winter enters its most foreboding, darkest weeks, the inaugural Low Light Festival kicks off in Queenscliff to shine a welcoming beacon on the seaside village.
In a first for the Victorian town, a selection of international and local arts, music and culinary talents will converge during a month-long celebration of the senses (and distract you from mother nature’s bite).
Low Light can be enjoyed as a day trip or as a full weekend away with the events taking place from Friday through to Sunday each week, and all within easy distance of the town centre.
The Film Festival
The Bellarine Lighthouse Films annual film festival will be presented as part of the opening weekend, bringing an incredible line up of cinematic masterpieces from around the world and a very special opening night Q&A session.
In partnership with Icelandic Dance Company, Low Light will present the Australian premiere of three new films, including ÖRÆVI, which will be projected outdoors throughout festival.
The light installation ÖRÆVI or ‘Life in the undergrowth‘ by Valdimar Jóhannsson, Pierre Alain Giraud and Erna Ómarsdóttir, was first projected onto massive oil tanks on the harbour of Reykjavík, Iceland. For the first time outside of Iceland, ÖRÆVI will be presented in Australia as part of Low Light, with original music composed by Sigur Rós.
For the first time outside of Iceland, ÖRÆVI will be presented in Australia as part of Low Light, with original music composed by Sigur Rós.
View the full film program here.
The Live Music Scene
One-night-only performances at the historic Queenscliff Town Hall will take place over the month with folk-pop from All Our Exes Live in Texas supported by The Little Stevies. International Americana star Justin Townes Earle will be supported by local star Fraser A Gorman. Queenscliff will host a sea of musicians over the winter period including Z-Star Trinity, Teeny Tiny Stevies, Matt Davis (Gersey), Seagull + McKisko & Jessie L Warren, Kavisha Mazzella, plus free Sunday Sessions from The Blues Train with Allister Turrill, Anna Scionti, John McNamara, Francesco Melli taking over the many performance spaces in the township.
Festival-goers can also enjoy a range of art exhibitions featuring works by Katrin Koenning, Deborah and Ryan Brearley, and Graham Peebles in surrounding galleries or take part in workshops with Carole Foster, Vida Pearson and a special high tea and talk with body artist Emma Hack; the perfect activity to warm your seaside spirits in the depths of winter.
& The Ritual of Eating
Culinary delights will be on offer throughout the festival, from Private Dining Room’s hotly-anticipated progressive dinner with Tobin Kent (La Bimba, Brae, Royal Mail Hotel) and Dane Robinson (The Hot Chicken Project, Gladioli), a five-course big red dinner featuring a battle of the wines from Bordeaux and Bellarine, to a Bastille dinner complimented with a French musical twist, a High Tea on the High Seas, an Italian Winter Feast, whiskey and gin tastings, and the classic Restaurant on Wheels aboard the Q Train.
Low Light Festival will take place in Queenscliff from 22 June to 14 July 2018. For the full program of events, bookings, accommodation options and further information visit lowlightqueenscliff.com.au
The Low Light Queenscliff film program is a part of the annual Bellarine Lighthouse Film Festival, supported by Lighthouse Arts Collective and is proudly presented by Visit Victoria, Borough of Queenscliff and Queenscliff Music Festival.