Organs festival to hit the right note

IT might be known as Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, but there is far more to the 10-day festival than just organs.

Preparations are already under way for next year’s festival, with founder and director Sergio de Pieri recently arriving in Ballarat from Venice.

Over 10 action-packed days in January, the 18th OBG festival will feature 23 different concerts based around classical music.

Featuring everything from cello to vocalists, and of course the staple organs, next year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet.

About 300 people attended each concert on average last year, adding up to about 6000 people overall.

Mr de Pieri said the festival was as much a cultural event as much as it was a celebration of organs.

As well as directing the festival, he will wear his chef’s hat throughout the festival to cook for a number of musicians and their families.

“It’s the only festival of its sort in Australia and nearly the only of its kind in the world,” said Mr de Pieri.

“Even a lot of Australian festivals go for two or three days. This is a real festival that lasts for 10 days.”

Performers from Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, America and Guatamala are expected to perform alongside some of Australia’s finest musicians.

Visit www.ballarat.com/organs for more information or to book tickets phone 0429 397 097 or email orgfest@hotmail.com

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