Several Shepparton Festival events have already sold out, despite the event still being a couple of weeks away.
Festival general manager Amanda McCulloch said the Tallis degustation dinner, Dinner in the Vines Italian style, Paint What You Hear workshops and Hot Bakehouse Jazz had all sold out.
‘‘We’ve just done the final release of Gin on the Lawn tickets and once these are gone, there will be no more available,’’ she said.
‘‘Some of the community textile workshops have also sold out.’’
The festival starts on March 2, with the official opening night on March 5 at Eastbank, Shepparton.
Festival chair Fiona Smolenaars said the opening would feature a collaboration with the Splinter Contemporary Artists group.
‘‘We’ve always had a strong relationship with them,’’ she said.
The group’s 20-year history book will be launched as well as the Splinter Retrospective exhibition in the Eastbank foyer until April 10.
‘‘So the opening will showcase the group and their work,’’ Ms Smolenaars said.
Splinter Contemporary Artists’ Meg Doller said members had worked hard to bring together a showcase of the group’s work from the past two decades.
‘‘The book captures our 20-year history in words and images,’’ she said.
Ms Doller said the retrospective exhibition featured recent works as well as older pieces.
‘‘The retrospective will be a show of the diverse offerings with people in our group,’’ she said.
The festival has 54 events with the theme ‘‘By Design’’.
‘‘There’ll be a huge variety of art in terms of performance, workshops, literature, theatre, dance, circus, performances, things for little kids and food,’’ Ms Smolenaars said.
Shepparton Festival’s opening night is on Monday, March 5, from 6pm at Eastbank, Welsford St, Shepparton. The event is free, but bookings need to be made at https://sheppartontickets.com.au /event/6187