The Turning Wave Festival is an outstanding celebration of Irish & Australian music and the related arts held over five days of stunning events and performances, catering for music & arts enthusiasts, families who wish to enjoy a safe festival, and those who just come to soak up the atmosphere and the friendliness. The Festival is organised and presented by the Turning Wave Festival Committee under the auspices of the Gundagai Regional Enhancement Group Inc and is realised with the assistance and hospitality of the residents, businesses and Shire of Gundagai and, a brilliant team of volunteers.
Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, iconic Gundagai, with its wide main street and character buildings, and its unique culture and history provides the perfect stage for the Turning Wave Festival.
The Irish have been part of the fabric of Gundagai from the days of early settlement. From Irish famine orphan girls, to the Sisters of Mercy from Dublin to the infamous Irish bushranger, Captain Moonlight Irish connections abound.
The Turning Wave Festival showcases some of the country's most celebrated musicians, bands singer/songwriters, poets, storytellers, raconteurs and dance troupes, in an exciting and diverse program that includes concerts, dance, workshops, spoken word, theatre, street theatre, exhibitions and events appropriate to the festival ethos and its current theme. While the Festival begins on Wednesday with master classes and special events, the main program starts at 5pm Friday and runs through till 5pm Sunday.
Festival of Innovation
Each year the festival undertakes to add new and innovative events to complement and extend the existing program, and to seek new ways to explore traditional and contemporary Irish & Australian music and the arts .
Festival of Participation
With community ensembles, individual blackboard events, a Festival Folk Club, a Singers' Club, and numerous sessions around the town there's plenty of opportunity to get involved or find a stage to share your music.