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* Winter Wild 2019 | Music & Arts Festival *
WinterWild 2019: Visions and Ecstasies Apollo Bay's boundary pushing arts, feast and music festival, WinterWild returns this August with the theme 'Visions and Ecstasies' exploring the fringe states of body and mind that result in the ecstatic and the blissful. WinterWild is known for its nocturnal program of extravagant fireside performances, epic feasts and music, but 2019 presents a full daytime workshop program. Drumming, meditation, ice bathing, mind and body workshops and discussion panels on sacred plant medicines are all among this year's offerings. At the centrepiece are two epic journeys in Pathways, a carefully curated 10 hours of spiritual and physical work starting at 7am each Saturday. But there's a catch: participants don't know what they are getting when they purchase a ticket. They must surrender, and simply choose between one of two available Pathways - seeking love, light and union with the divine, or seeking to celebrate the darker powers of body, mind and spirit? This program is only available to a small group of 25 ($399 + booking fee) The WinterWild evening program kicks off as darkness descends with the festival's flagship event, DogWatch, a free public performance between 6-8pm featuring evening street parades, performances and beach bonfires. This year Part 1: 'Immolation' will be held on Saturday August 17th, followed by Part 2 on Saturday August 30th: 'Resurrection', a visceral and electric performance including Snuff Puppets. Festival goers can immerse themselves in psychedelic rock at the local Mechanics Institute, gorge themselves at Feastiality, groove in darkness at a seaside dance party or drop into gigs at one of the town's two pubs. Music performances include Otologic, Salvador Darling, Seagull, MANTRA, DJ Kiti, Flyying Colours, The Fillmore Brothers, Los Borrachos (Canada) and an Apollo Bay debut performance by baroque musician, Max Riebl in Alchemy. Discover a side of Apollo Bay you don't often see. WinterWild asks you to see the town as locals see it when all the visitors have left in winter: dark, wild and raw. Take a plunge into the sacred or the profane at WinterWild this August.
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