26 February 2024

Temora Shire's DRENCH Festival returns for a month of culture, music and community connection

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Start the conversation
Drench Festival returns

Temora Shire Council decided to make the DRENCH Festival a yearly event following positive feedback. Photo: Temora Shire Council.

Temora Shire’s month-long low-cost calendar of events for people of all ages to reconnect through culture is set to return.

‘DRENCH – a healthy dose of culture’ is a month-long festival featuring live music, art and cooking classes, exhibitions, historical experiences, theatre and more.

“We will have 20 events. The first event is on 28 February, and it will run through to 30 March,” Temora Shire Council Economic Community Service Officer Shontayne Ward said.

“There’s a mix of events … live music, open mic, chocolate workshops, a cooking class, movies out at the Aviation Museum, a live exhibition at the Bundawarra Centre and more.

“A standout and repeat back from last year is the Eagles and Mac tribute Platinum Duo. They sold out last year and were an absolute hit. So we have invited them back again this year.”

READ ALSO Riverina to New York: Aussie producers score big at International Emmy Awards

The DRENCH Festival was first held in 2023 and was a great success and popular among the locals.

“Last year, we received government funding, so we came up with this concept,” Ms Ward said.

“We received lots of great feedback, and the council decided to make it a yearly event.

“We don’t have the funding we had last year, but we have been able to make all of the events either low-cost or free.”

The former Temora Shire Council general manager Gary Lavelle was the mastermind behind the festival concept.

“Gary came up with the idea, and we made it work,” Ms Ward said.

READ ALSO A handful of new preschools for the Riverina as the government confirms early childhood investment

Ms Ward said the festival was important for the people in the shire to connect and socialise.

“It’s important, especially for those suffering the effects of COVID where people are still too scared to come out and mingle and socialise,” she said.

“It gives everyone an opportunity to connect no matter what your background is because everything is low-cost and free.

“There’s an option for everyone to get out.”

Find out more about the DRENCH Festival events and book your tickets via the Visit Temora website.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Riverina news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riverina stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.