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Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

Start date: 18 May 2017

End date: 21 May 2017

Our Festival takes place annually during May, following the Coonawarra vintage. Our aim is to highlight excellence through the involvement of local, national and international artists. We promote Penola’s rich literary, art and cultural heritage, and the fine wines of Coonawarra through our program. Exhibitions, workshops, Festival flavours and performances are held in Penola, and at many of Coonawarra’s winery cellar door’s. Described by Brian Chatteron OAM, General Manager of Co-Opera, as ‘…surely one of the most culturally distinguished regional festivals in Australia’, we believe that the Festival has become a significant event in the state’s calendar. Each year the festival has attracted major events and exhibitions that have appealed to a broad audience and contributed to its growing profile. Our Festival committee is made up of passionate bunch volunteers from the Limestone Coast of South Australia. We are a non-profit organisation that began in 1991. 2015 highlights included honky-tonk, opera, musical theatre, ukuleles, jazz, pipe bands, African drummers, sculpture, poetry, lino-cutting, cookery displays, cemetery walks, comedy, dream catchers, clowns, giant games, vintage cars, watercolours, silver-smithing, ceramics, textiles, puppetry, literary and World War I displays. Please visit for more information to view our program and to book your tickets.