East Gippsland Winter Festival

F/LAMP Exhibition opening night. Photos: Contributed

Zoe Askew

Winter. Some love it, some hate it, and in the chilly, wet, windy months from June through August, not a day goes by when you don’t say the two words, ‘it’s’ and ‘cold’.

The East Gippsland Winter Festival started on Saturday, with the commencement of the F/LAMP Exhibition marking the first of many collaborative events in Gippsland’s east this winter.

F/lamps with this year’s judge – Dean Phillips Supplied

Whether you are shivering, red-nosed and miserable as the temperature drops or revelling for those frosted ground mornings and eagerly await those sub-zero nights, the festival has something to offer everyone.

Showcasing the talented work of local metal workers, fabricators, glass artists, weavers, potters and sculptors, the F/LAMP Exhibition is one of the first events to run in the 2022 East Gippsland Winter Festival.

At the F/LAMP Exhibition, one artist will be awarded the winner for their artistic creation as the competition challenges artists to express something special in their lamps.

The F/LAMP Exhibition will run until Sunday, June 26, from 10am to 5pm at Iceworks Studio, Lakes Entrance.

F/LAMPS with this year’s judge – Dean Phillips.

For those dreading the fast-approaching school holidays, as you pull your hair out thinking, what am I going to do, the East Gippsland Winter Festival offers a plethora of events for people of all ages.

Maybe you want to pull out your best outfits for Sardine CANTINA’s first-ever cocktail event or take the whole family for a barbecue, beers and beats in Bairnsdale’s Laneway3875 featuring lighting projections, roving performers, mouth-watering local produce and a pop-up bar serving locally brewed beers, local wines and cocktails.

You could head to Metung and join the locals on the Metung Village Green for an incredible afternoon with live music, food, a lakeside lantern parade and breathtaking fire and ice entertainment.

F/lamps with this year’s judge – Dean Phillips Photo supplied

The festival really has something for everyone.

After two years of restrictions limiting travel lives, social lives, and the local economy, it’s the perfect opportunity to reignite those travelling flames and engage with the broader Gippsland community and support local businesses.

You can find the full East Gippsland Winter Festival Program at https://egwinterfest.com.au/program/ or head to the East Gippsland Winter Festival Facebook page.