About the Carnivale

Lots of surprises are promised for the Yea Arts Carnivale over the Australia Day weekend in January, 2016. Yes, there will be art, music, food, wine and other local produce, but there will also be so much more.

This will be the third Arts Carnivale for Yea and the artists, musicians and craftspeople of this historic, pretty town have been preparing for this January’s event since the last one’s finale.

Come and see the marvellous work of local farmers and their families with the imaginative hay-bale art. This will be in Yea and also seen on all approaches to the town, setting the mood for a fun time.

Through to Australia Day, the 31st Art Show conducted by the Yea Rotary Club will display some wonderful work from renowned local artists using various mediums other than hay.

Opening night of the Carnivale is Friday, January 22, at Yea’s remarkable 19th Century railway station with its surrounding 11 acres of parkland and playgrounds.

The exciting ‘big band’ sound of the fabulous ‘The Redgaters’ will fill the park with swing music reminiscent of the famous Glenn Miller era and make it almost impossible not to want to get up and dance. Meanwhile the kids can enjoy themselves with many of the fun projects on offer and parents can also enjoy the local food and wine.

Saturday sees Yea become a busker town with performers strutting their stuff along the shopping strip. Meanwhile at the beautiful racecourse, the thoroughbreds will be out in force and we’re not just talking about the horses. The Yea Cup is the feature event of the day, while others will be more interested in the ‘Best Hat Competition’ and the kids will love the free jumping castle along with other fun activities.

Sunday sees the action at another historic venue – the Cheviot Tunnel. Built around 1889, the solid brick tunnel is about five kilometres from Yea and is part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, which now hosts cyclists, walkers and horse-riders along the track between Tallarook and Mansfield.

Walk or ride there to see this beautiful piece of 19th Century engineering and enjoy the buskers – along with other surprises. Go on a scenic drive to the Highlands and visit our talented local artists at work in their studios.

On the Monday there will be more fun and arts in and around Yea, while the Tuesday is Australia Day and the culmination of the Carnivale that includes breakfast in the town and the ‘paint-out’ at the Yea Wetlands.

So come along with your dancing shoes, bring your paints, brushes and easel and an open mind to enjoy a magnificent long weekend in Yea – close to Alexandra and Seymour – and only 100 kms from Melbourne.

The 2016 Yea Arts Carnivale will be officially opened at 6pm Friday, 22 January at Yea’s historic Railway Station precinct continuing with a diverse arts program for every age until Australia Day.