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Deans Marsh Festival

In 2021, we’re hosting a weekend of smaller COVID-Safe events full of variety:
  • Art
  • Music
  • Performance
  • Kids Activities
  • and the wonderful Deans Marsh Market.
Come and experience what makes our community unique and enjoy our part of the hinterland and the amazing things our locals are creating, growing and making.

DEANS MARSH MINI FESTIVAL 2021

Experience Our Hinterland all Weekend

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2021

The Deans Marsh Festival acknowledges the traditional owners and Aboriginal custodians of Deans Marsh and District.

The Wathaurong lands, running north from Aireys Inlet, includes the Deans Marsh district towns of Boonah and Bambra.

Further to the south west, the Gadubanud are the custodians of the land that makes up most of the Deans Marsh district.

The DMCC recognises their continuing connection to their country and the wrongs visited upon them and the cultural heritage of this place.

We pay our respect to them, their culture, and to elders both past, present and emerging.

Deans Marsh Mini Festival

The Deans Marsh Festival Team are excited to announce the Deans Marsh Mini Fest is on its way!

In 2021, we’re hosting a weekend of smaller COVID-Safe events full of variety: art, music, performance, kids activities and the wonderful Sunday Deans Marsh Market.

We cant wait to gather with our community and visitors to share our exciting program including the launch of Mountain Grey’s Riverstone Suite, The Our Marj Mini Play by Wendy Grose and the opening night performance of ‘One Musician, Many Stories’ by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky.

Thanks to Our Major Sponsors & Local Community Groups

The Deans Marsh Festival is a major community fundraiser we thank the following sponsors and community groups for their support and participation.

Sponsors:  Surf Coast Shire | Great Ocean Road Health | Ace Radio 1134 3CS | Rhodes Veterinary Clinic | Swayn &McCabe | Colac Hire | Rhys Evans | Charles Stewart | Colac Herald

Local Community Groups:  Deans Marsh CFA | Deans Marsh Primary School | East Otway Landcare | The Deans Marsh Cottage | The Deans Marsh Community Hall & Recreation Reserve Committee

Friday 26th

Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky

Friday 26 March 2021 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Footy Shed Verandah
Deans Marsh Memorial reserve, Deans Marsh VIC 3235

For nigh on half a century Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky has been a much loved and acclaimed musician and storyteller: from The Bushwackers to his acclaimed one man shows, such as The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley, which was a hit in Dean’s Marsh last year.

Now Jan is returning to Dean’s Marsh to do a music and story show that will weave in and out of the many stories and lots of the music he has performed over the last fifty years.

Playing old time five string banjo, harmonica, bodhran, spoons and rhythm bones Jan will spin tales true and false; sing old Bushwackers favourites and his own originals, play characters such as Australia’s greatest yarn-spinner Bill Harney, and lots more.

At times hilarious, at times to bring a tear to the eye, segueing from song to theatre and intimate conversation, it’s what Jan loves to do – taking an audience on a journey into Australian culture, song and story.

'GROW FOOD, GROW LOVE, GROW COMMUNITY'

Let’s come together to share skills and knowledge in Growing, Making and Gathering.

The intention of this group is to organise community gatherings where we will connect and share our wisdom on all things food, herbs and plants

Check out our Grow Free Pantry that we have created at the Deans Marsh Community Cottage.
“Take what you need, Leave what you can”

Saturday 27th

Morning Tea with “Our Marj!”

Saturday 27 March 2021 – 10 am & 11.15 am (2 Shows)
Deans Marsh Community Hall
10 Pennyroyal Valley Road, Deans Marsh VIC 3235

An exciting mini one woman theatre show, fusing drama with singing, bringing to life the incredibly inspiring story of one of our most colourful and talented local characters – international opera singer, Marjorie Lawrence. Brought to life by local singer/actor Wendy Grose. 

Marjorie attributed her upbringing on the farm in Deans Marsh and Winchelsea for giving her the strength to survive in the operatic world, despite being struck down by polio at the peak of her soaring career.

Marjorie’s life is one of laughter, tragedy, adventure, courage, extreme determination and faith which engages the audience from start to finish.

About Wendy:
Bachelor of Music (Opera)
Studied in UK, London, France
20 years international career in theatre, opera, television, concert and contemporary performance
Accomplished in singing, dancing, piano and 5 languages 

Frogwood Arboretum Open Day

Free Admission
Saturday 27 March 2021 – 11 am to 3 pm
Frogwood Arboretum
65 Deans Marsh-Lorne Road, Deans Marsh VIC 3235

Frogwood Arboretum is located on 40 hectares of former farming land. Begun in 2007 the Arboretum now contains over 2500 trees from approximately 150 different species. 

The focus of the Arboretum is to plant remarkable tree species of the world in groves of the same species. All the trees in the Arboretum are original species i.e; there are no cultivars.

The Arboretum also contains a number of features including; long avenues of trees, the “Ancestors Henge” the “Sacred Oak Grove” and 1km of the Deans Marsh creek which has been rehabilitated using contemporary best practice techniques.

'GROW FOOD, GROW LOVE, GROW COMMUNITY'

Let’s come together to share skills and knowledge in Growing, Making and Gathering.

The intention of this group is to organise community gatherings where we will connect and share our wisdom on all things food, herbs and plants

Check out our Grow Free Pantry that we have created at the Deans Marsh Community Cottage.
“Take what you need, Leave what you can”

Launch of Mountain Grey's Riverstone Suite

Saturday 27 March 2021, 4-6 pm
The Bambra Wetlands
Cnr Bambra Boonah Road, Bambra VIC 3235

The launch of Mountain Grey’s Riverstone Suite promises to be a very special occasion at our Deans Marsh Mini Fest! Cant wait! Location soon to be revealed!

The Otway Ranges of southwest Victoria evoke visions of lush ancient forests, waterfalls cascading past giant tree ferns and secluded picturesque communities. If you dig a bit deeper, you’ll discover these communities have thriving music scenes reflecting life in these hills. Mountain Grey has perfected a style of music that IS the Otways. They serve up stories that tug at the heartstrings; songs of loss and discovery, beauty and innocence, a love of Mother Nature and a desire to try and understand how we all bloody fit into this weird old world.

Their new album, Riverstone Suite, inspires a musical journey for the listener weaving between rock and blues, jazz and folk. Some of it stretching out and atmospheric, while others delving heavily into the roots. This music is real and from the heart. Riverstone Suite is available on CD in all good general stores and music shops across this wide brown land. Digital download/cd mail order available at mountaingrey.bandcamp.com

Sunday 28th

The Deans Marsh Market

Sunday 28 March 2021 – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Deans Marsh Memorial Reserve
10 Pennyroyal Valley Road, Deans Marsh VIC 3235

Following on from the success of our markets in November 2020 and February 2021, bring your shopping bags to stock up on fabulous produce, crafts and clothing.  Kids activities and local music will make the day great fun!

'GROW FOOD, GROW LOVE, GROW COMMUNITY'

Let’s come together to share skills and knowledge in Growing, Making and Gathering.

The intention of this group is to organise community gatherings where we will connect and share our wisdom on all things food, herbs and plants

Check out our Grow Free Pantry that we have created at the Deans Marsh Community Cottage.
“Take what you need, Leave what you can”

Masks In The Marsh

Free Admission
Sunday 28 March 2021 – 10 am to 2 pm
Deans Marsh Community Hall
10 Pennyroyal Valley Road, Deans Marsh VIC 3235

Belinda McKenzie is a photographer and artist from Bambra. She created this piece as a tribute to the local community and their response to a global pandemic. These images show the resilience, community mindedness and sometimes even humour of the residents of Deans Marsh.

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Local Harvest

Great local produce from the Deans Marsh region.

Live Music

Enjoy a wide variety of performers.

Market Stalls

All sorts of craft-y, quirky, delicious, useful and produce-y stuff for you to browse and buy.

Please support our Sponsors for this year’s Deans Marsh Festival  CLICK ICONS FOR MORE SPONSOR INFORMATION

GOLD SPONSORS

Surf Coast Shire Logo
Surf Coast Shire Logo
Lorne Community Hospital logo
MIXX FM Logo
MIXX FM Logo

SILVER SPONSORS

Swayn & McCabe logo
Colac Hire logo
Ryhs Evans logo
Colac Hire logo

Please support our Sponsors for this year’s Deans Marsh Festival  CLICK ICONS FOR MORE SPONSOR INFORMATION

Lorne Community Hospital logo
MIXX FM Logo
MIXX FM Logo
Swayn & McCabe logo
Colac Hire logo
Ryhs Evans logo
Colac Hire logo
MIXX FM Logo
MIXX FM Logo
Lorne Community Hospital logo
MIXX FM Logo
Ryhs Evans logo
MIXX FM Logo
MIXX FM Logo
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AKD Softwoods logo
Charles Stewart Real Estate logo
MIXX FM Logo
Charles Stewart Real Estate logo
Ryhs Evans logo
AKD Softwoods logo
AKD Softwoods logo
Live Wire Park logo
Colac Hire logo
Colac Hire logo
Colac Hire logo
Surf Coast Shire Logo

Interested In A Market Stall Booking?

Thank you for having Little Squirtz face painting at the Deans Marsh Festival.  It was a very successful day for us and we will definitely be back again next year. I just wanted to thank you also for such a well organised event.  As I attend quite a few, you guys did an awesome job.  I also had a lot of the public comment on how much they were enjoying themselves.

Thanks to all of you at the Cottage and congratulations on running another great community event! Over the years I have found the main feedback from our festival goers has been the fantastic community atmosphere we generate and that didnt change this year. Well done.

We had a top day and much fun was had by all. Please feel free to clock us in for next year’s markets and festival, along with the Winter Solstice that you mentioned at the festival.

Thank you for a great market, it was amazingly organised and ran very smoothly.

Weather was good and my site was a good spot. So happy I could leave the car there behind my stall, thanks, it makes things a lot easier too.  It is an enjoyable community feel festival and I will hope to come back in Sept and Nov

Thanks for having us on Sunday, it was such a lovely wholesome day and great for families.

Congratulations on a very well organised festival. We know that lots of work and volunteer hours go into an event such as this so please pass on our best wishes to everyone.

Just want to congratulate you all on what fantastic effort you all put in to make the festival a great one.  Thank you so much for making our sites larger with plenty of room, even for our vehicles.  A great day and financially rewarding.

GENERAL & MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Contact the Deans Marsh Community Cottage
phone 03 5236 3388
cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

STALL HOLDERS

Contact 03 5236 3388
cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

SPONSORSHIP

Contact 03 5236 3388
cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

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