Fifteen minutes west of Castlemaine, in Mount Alexander Shire, Victoria, is the small country town of Newstead. The population sits at around 500 people, and the community regularly collects at the Newstead and District Swimming Pool on Panmure Street. It’s a familiar spot for school carnivals, swimming programs, barbeques and even the odd theatre show.
In early March the volunteer-run pool will be the centrepiece of the town’s Water Hole gathering, a free one-day event featuring local artists and performances for all ages.
As well as in-water theatre performances, films and music there will be a choreographed swimming-themed procession featuring children from the local community complete with floaties, swimming rings and the odd monster from the deep.
The day’s activities will open with a Welcome to Country from Traditional Owners followed by music performances by “kids punk band” the Itchy Scabs (who play “bad music for good children”), Petal and Pet, and gypsy-inspired Balkan brass band the Seduceaphones, as well as a screening of a 2010 documentary about the local community of the Mount Alexander Shire.
In celebration of “world compliments day”, local musician Rose Turtle Ertler’s Complimentary Caravan will be on site welcoming those keen for some compliments.
Water Hole will run from 2pm until late. See a full schedule of events.
This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Regional Centre for Culture.