Charm of Finches are a teen sister “dream folk” duo from Melbourne. Their dreamy harmonies and compelling song writing are transporting. Winners of the coveted Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award in 2015, they released their debut album, “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” in 2016. Praised by Paul Gough of Radio National’s Inside Sleeve as “stunning new folk”, these sisters play music to watch the stars by. Folk Alliance Australia award winners 2017.
An exciting and multi-disciplinary project will be presented at this year’s festival in the historic Portarlington Rotunda! In partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Made in Natimuk, the show will bring to life a giant glowing lantern from which images will dance and play to create a world of colour, shadow and light to tell the story of the Celtic Sea God Mannanon!
Lantunda is a community arts project featuring shadow puppets, story and music that will center on retelling, renewing and creating stories of place and belonging from the community. The project will explore local stories, old and new, and their connections to the history of the land and cultures of peoples of this place. This will include highlighting the story of the Celts and their cultural traditions in Australia.
Lantunda will melt into The Gathering, a genre-bending procession and performance which will begin with the ritualistic lighting of the hearth-fire. Join us in this enchanting and exciting procession, and release your hopes into the night air with us!