Winter Wild

Things to do, Fairs and festivals
Winter Wild
Photograph: Lindsay Upson

You may know Apollo Bay as a summer seaside haven, but in winter, things are very different in the town where the wild forests of the Otway National Park meet the Southern Ocean. This inaugural dark arts and music festival – which could be Melbourne’s answer to Dark Mofo – will take place over four weekends.

Every Saturday night, the festivities will begin on the beach, where visitors will gather around bonfires the size of rooms, contained within artist-built braziers. From there, audiences will move into performance spaces; headliners include musician Mick Turner (best-known as the guitarist from the Dirty Three), and the inimitable Japanese-Australian performance artist Yumi Umiumare.