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7 March 2016

The 2016 Shepparton Festival is currently underway celebrating 20 years of art, culture, food and community in the Goulburn Valley region.

Featuring 49 events over 17 days, the program includes art exhibitions and film screenings, music and dance performances, literary and craft workshops, and a range of food focused events.   

Over its 20 years, Shepparton Festival has grown into a marquee event for Shepparton and has played a major role in growing the profile of arts and culture across the region.

The festival effectively mixes community arts projects with professionally produced and performed works.

This year's theme 'Be Consumed' invites attendees to explore events in local arts venues and unusual spaces including a car park, orchards and vineyards and the Melbourne to Shepparton train with the unique 'Shepp Train' artists in residence project.

Highlights of the 2016 Shepparton Festival include:

20 Year Exhibition 1997 – 2016
Saturday 5 March – Sunday 20 March
Eastbank Centre Foyer - 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton

Exploring the visual history of the Shepparton Festival over its 20 years. Photography, visual design and archives are combined to create an installation mapping the history of the festival.

Future Postal Service
Friday 18 March - Saturday 19 March

A game that takes children's voices into the public, transforming an adult dominated space – the postal service –  into a children's playground. Part installation. Part intervention. And one big game of post.

Shepp Shorts Friday 11 March, 7.30pm McIntosh Pavillion Shepparton Showgrounds, Shepparton

One of the longest running short film festivals in rural Australia. This year, the festival will screen the locally produced short – Leonids – written and directed by Shepparton resident, Michael Hudson.

Shepparton Festival runs until 20 March 2016.

Visit the festival website for full program details