International, interstate and local musical talent will again converge at the town of Apollo Bay for the 17th Apollo Bay Music Festival.
The Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney will officially open the 2009 Apollo Bay Music Festival on the 27th of March, 2009.
“This year’s lineup of international and national musical talent is the best yet” Ms Tierney said.
“This Festival, which is growing in popularity, is a wonderful blend of music including blues, hip hop, jazz, funk and groove,
“The Festival is a family friendly event where mums and dads can enjoy themselves as well as children and young adults,
“It is a chance for audiences to appreciate music and art from around the world,” Ms Tierney said.
This year’s festival will also place an emphasis on multiculturalism with performances from Dya Singh who will perform in his native Punjabi, King Marong & Afro Mandinko performing Australian/African world music and the outstanding Sudanese Community Choir from Colac.
“I am particularly excited to see the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) – Crossing Roper Bar – Victorian Premier Performance,
“The Crossing Roper Bar features Paul Grabowsky and the Australia Art Orchestra, and Wagilak Gujarra/Nyilapidgi musicians from Ngukurr, Arnhem Land,” Ms Tierney said.
The Brumby Labor Government has continued its support of the Festival contributing $7,500 to this year’s Festival.
The Festival attracts more than 5,000 people to Apollo Bay over the weekend, and is a key tourist attraction for the township,” Ms Tierney said.
“Events and festivals such as this one contribute to the prosperity, growth and community spirit of our regional areas. They are a fantastic way of boosting the profile of the region and drawing new and return visitors to the area and its many attractions,” Ms Tierney said.
For more information about events happening across Victoria please visit www.visitvictoria.com
For further information on the event including line up and program details go to http://www.apollobaymusicfestival.com/