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Castlemaine State Festival

The Future of Things Past

Castlemaine State Festival Launches

This year’s hugely anticipated Castlemaine State Festival— Victoria’s premier regional arts and cultural celebration—launches on Friday 17th of March.

Departing from Castlemaine’s abandoned transport hub, the Castlemaine Goods Shed, festival-goers will journey to The Future of Things Past.

“We are the next stop for Australia’s regional creative industry and the world is travelling to us,” says Martin Paten, director of the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival. “The Journey is the theme for this year’s festival, reflecting the local and international works offered and the ongoing cultural evolution of this remarkable community.”

He describes the energy of the opening spectacular of The Future of Things Past—with over 200 performers, many of them locals—as an “…incredible engulfing experience of a regional community, their young people and artists from around the globe, claiming their own journey—defying the technological world that demands them to view and consume.”

Opening night creative producer, Sam Thomas, is an international performer who—like many artists—now calls Castlemaine home. He says, “Here we are, connected to the rest of the world. Castlemaine is undergoing an artistic and economic transformation from loss of opportunity in industry, and now is laying the foundation for a strong creative industry with schools, artists and the festival.”

The Future of Things Past, as the name suggests, is a story that draws on the history of the town’s working and social life to envision a future explored through the imagination and aspirations of the young people in this town.

Acrobats, dancers, robots, beat boxers, brass bands and real life circus performers give audiences on the night a taste of some of the outstanding international artists performing at the Goods Shed over the next ten days, as part of “Circocentric,” the festival’s physical theatre and circus program.

Sam claims, “Like circus folk, the festival is the destination where artists work together, support each other, and take risks together… In circus, there are no losers. It’s all of us defying gravity.”

“The Festival boldly continues to have great aspirations for the future,” says State Festival Chair Julie Millowick. “At the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, journey to the Future of Things Past with us.”


Friday 17th March at 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Castlemaine Goods Shed, Kennedy Street, Castlemaine
*Free Event


  • Creative team: 4:30-5.00pm
  • Artists who are performing on the evening: 5.00pm-5:30pm
  • Other performer interviews: 6.30pm- 10.00pm



The Castlemaine State Festival is a biennial ten-day multi-arts celebration that draws on the distinctive culture of the central Victorian goldfields region – of old and new, of the artistic and the agricultural, and its dynamic community strengths. The Festival showcases works from the region’s finest artists and performing arts companies, alongside those by national and international artists.