Even if you dread the colder months of the year, you can look forward to a new after-dark festival this July: WinterWild 2017 in the Otways.
The over-18 festival takes place on four weekends in July and August, each with a theme inspired by the elements, water, earth, air and fire. On each Saturday night of the festival, a great skeleton of a shipwreck will be set ablaze as the beach bonfire, giving life to a variety of performances.
Enjoy music by the likes of Mick Turner (Dirty Three); be inspired by the dance performance of Yumi Umiumare or catch a screening of cult '90s surf film Litmus. There will also be a celebration of word and prose, the Apollo Bay Writers Festival, which will include talks from Michael Leunig and Clementine Ford.
A special festival menu will be cooked up by Steve Earl’s seafood restaurant La Bimba. You could then wash it down with some beer at the Apollo Bay Mechanics Institute, which will also host a variety of performances each evening.
So come winter, choose your element or experience all four.
Surf the Southern Ocean. Mick Turner, Andrew Kidman with the surf classic Litmus, and The Sand Pebbles.
Butoh ritual with Yumi Umiumare, Tosca for opera haters and Tek Tek ensemble.
Following the Apollo Bay Writers Festival. Blow it all out with the Horns of Leroy and Emilie Zoey Baker. (Tickets to Apollo Bay Writers Festival events will be sold separately.)
Massed singers, a tree is set ablaze and the Apollo Bay Foreshore comes alive in a final act of resurgence.