THE Festival of Slow Music starts this weekend with a stellar timetable of musical talents on show.
An all-acoustic event, this year’s festival will offer residents the chance to interact more closely with the musicians.
Ballarat musician and assistant festival producer Amie Sexton said with multiple collaborations going on over the nine-day event, festival-goers will be guaranteed to see plenty of high quality talent.
“It’s a beautiful experience and is all about engaging the audience and the musician,” she said.
“It’s about using small spaces and having the chance to mingle afterwards.”
An artist talk will open the festival from 5pm at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute tonight, followed by a performance from Amie Brulee & Friends at Le Salon Brulee, 203 Dana Street, from 8pm.
The festival will continue through to the following weekend with the likes of Italian-born pianist Alessandra Garossi, distinguished performing artist Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould and Spiderbait’s Whitt also performing.
Ms Sexton said it was good to see Ballarat’s music scene vibrant once again with some of the country’s biggest musicians heading to the region.
“We did have a big music scene in the 90s and even the 80s, but it did disappear and there hasn’t been much since,” she said.
“This is exciting for Ballarat, it’s bringing something cutting edge and encouraging Ballarat (residents) to go out and do things they normally wouldn’t.”
For more information or to see the festival timetable, visit www.festivalofslowmusic.com