Musicians rehearse for Festival of Slow Music

THE Festival of Slow Music is set to woo crowds next month as rehearsals for the nine-day event are well under way.

Ballarat Ukulele Kollective members Giselle Lestrange, Christine Hickson, Darryl Button and Vickie-Maree Barnett are set for the Festival of Slow Music. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Ballarat Ukulele Kollective members Giselle Lestrange, Christine Hickson, Darryl Button and Vickie-Maree Barnett are set for the Festival of Slow Music. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Now in its second year, the festival will return to Ballarat from August 23-31. 

Slow Music Festival artistic director Adam Simmons said due to positive feedback from the inaugural festival last year, the decision had been made to extend the event to nine days.

“I really feel music is an integral part of being human. I’ve come to understand the vital nature of it,” Mr Simmons said.

“The feedback from last year was overwhelmingly positive. This festival is about the philosophy of food and the acoustic nature of performance.

He said the aim of the festival was to “nourish the soul”.

“It’s about a deep understanding of music and encouraging a festival experience where you are not leaving a gig to rush to another one halfway through,” Mr Simmons said.

“It’s about knowing where you’re food comes from and taking the time to appreciate it.” 

The festival will predominantly be  held at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Art Gallery, M.A.D.E. and Robert Clark Conservatory.

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