Penola & Coonawarra Arts Festival | 18-21 May 2017

The award winning Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival will be celebrating it’s 26th year in 2017.

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is made up of live performances, workshops, competitions, exhibitions, family art activities, Coonawarra wineries and local food producers.  2017 will see the festival attract major events and exhibitions appealing to a broad audience making it one of the few festivals in regional South Australia that has the potential to generate significant cultural tourism.

With an easily recognisable wine brand in Coonawarra and the fine food of the Limestone Coast, events include Co-Opera, a comprehensive Family Programme , AUD10000.00 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, Festival Design Prize, Coonawarra Hall Music Night of Shenanigans and many more art exhibitions, competitions, food and wine.

The events are held in a variety of venues and will appeal to families, children, art lovers and all festival goers.

The Festival has grown to become ”one of South Australia’s leading arts festivals,” said Mrs Helen Rice, Adelaide United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chairperson.

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival Association Incorporated is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. Since its inception, the festival has attracted major events and exhibitions that appeal a broad demographic. This is a festival that truly has no age limit.

In 2013 the festival was awarded a South Australian Regional Award, from Brand South Australia. This award highlights individuals or organisations that have made significant contribution to their region and the State over a twelve month period.

To view the full festival program, click here.

Tickets are available to buy through the Arts Festival website.  Other festival events are co-ordinated by artists and businesses in the community, many of these are free and do not require bookings.  If a particular event does require bookings please contact the event organiser directly.

Penola and Coonawarra are located in the Limestone Coast, in the south-east corner of South Australia, halfway between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Arts Festival website.

What:  Penola & Coonawarra Arts Festival

When:  18-21 May 2017

Where:  Penola and Coonawarra, South Australia (see map)

Who:  Everyone

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