THE theme was ‘gold’ and the project brief was ‘landscape’, but Hepburn Shire school pupils injected plenty of individual creativity into the Swiss and Italian Festa’s Children’s Landscape Exhibition.
Their colourful collection of art, dioramas and collages was officially unveiled at the Hepburn Springs Primary School as part yesterday’s opening night of Swiss and Italian festivities.
The festa runs until Sunday and will see thousands of revelers converge on Hepburn Springs and Daylesford for five days of multicultural activities, from art exhibitions and family circus shows to Italian movie screenings, open gardens and bocce tournaments.
Swiss and Italian schools co-ordinator Kareena Hodgson said the festa began 21 years ago as a community festival and had snowballed into a major event on the Hepburn Shire calender.
She said this year’s ‘gold’ theme was loosely based on the early settlers of Hepburn who arrived as part of the gold rush.
“It’s based on keeping the traditions alive of the original settlers, the Swiss and Italian community,” she said.
“It’s a local community event that involves arts and music and all things Swiss and Italian.”
A Salumi bar will open in the back lane ways of Daylesford on Saturday night with food and entertainment on offer and on Sunday Cosmo Cosmolino will bring a quintet of strings with accordion to the The Convent Gallery.
Ms Hodgson said a circus show tomorrow night and Saturday’s grand parade and family festa were among the fun, family activities on offer.
The festa culminates on Sunday with a lantern parade and fireworks.
“We made 440 lanterns this year as part of our schools program,” she said.
“Most of the schools in this area have an Italian program so it feeds through that – there’s a lot of involvement with the kids.”
For the full festa program visit: www.swissitalianfesta.com