Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2024

Coinciding with the King’s Birthday Long Weekend, the gateway to the Macedon Ranges in western Victoria lights up this June with the announcement of the 2024 Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

Taking over venues in the small and picturesque town – famous for the nearby Hanging Rock, immortalised in Peter Weir’s film – the festival begins with fireworks of all sorts, from the real (an evening display at Buffalo Stadium) to the stylistic, when flamenco guitarist Paco Lara and dancer Deya Miranda Giner take to the stage of St Ambrose Hall on Friday 7 June for an evening of duo interpretations of themes from Lara’s recent album, Duende.

Paco Lara. Photo supplied

With ample time for a hearty breakfast, the Winter Festival program continues at noon on Saturday 8 June with Across the Channel, a concert by Fiore vocal ensemble highlighting renowned composers from either side of La Manche, including Debussy, Poulenc, Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten, ending with Kirby Shaw’s contemporary arrangement of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Later that afternoon, Woodend Festival pays...