Swiss Italian Festa – It’s who we are.
21 to 24 October, 2021

Winner of Festa Artwork Prize Announced!

The Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa Committee is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Festa Artwork Prize is LLIAM AMOR.

Lliam Amor – 2020 Art Prize Winner

Lliam is a Melbourne-based illustrator and creative artist who also acts and improvises. Lliam has distant Swiss heritage, and family connections in the Castlemaine area, and said he had jumped at the chance to create an artwork for the Festa.

Through generous sponsorship support from the Farmers Arms Hotel Daylesford, Lliam will be awarded the $1000 Festa Artwork Prize for 2020.

The Swiss Italian Festa ran for 25 years from 1993 to 2017. Each year, the Festa featured an original artwork or design that appeared on posters, programs and marketing materials to promote that year’s event. This year, local artists, photographers and designers were invited to submit an original artwork for the 2020 Swiss Italian Festa.

With the cancellation of the 2020 Festa due to COVID-19, the Festa Committee will focus now on an upgrade of our website and social media platforms. Lliam’s winning artwork will be the face of this enhanced online presence for the Festa. The winning work will also be used to promote a range of online activities that the Festa will host in the coming months.

Thanks to all those artists who entered the competition, and thanks again to the Farmers Arms Daylesford for their generous sponsorship of the 2020 Festa Artwork Prize.

Watch out for Lliam’s artwork when we launch the Swiss Italian Festa’s new website … coming soon!

Posted 6th May, 2020

Message from the Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa Committee

Sadly, we have to announce that this year’s Swiss Italian Festa has been postponed until October 2021. This probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to you with all the uncertainty about the impact of COVID19.

The Committee is deeply disappointed about having to do this, but felt we had no choice given the severe social and economic restrictions we are all facing, and which fall across our key planning and preparation time. We can’t guarantee that we can run a Festa in October 2020 at this time and not wanting to wait until the last minute and cause further upset in the community, we had little choice but to postpone.

We are totally committed to the return of the Festa in 2021. It’s such a great community event celebrating the legacy of the Swiss Italian settlers in our wonderful region. We are in this for the long haul, and we hope you will be too. The generous support of our friends, partners and sponsors has been, and will remain, critical to the success of our Festa as we recommence planning for October 2021.

Be assured that the Festa will be back. In fact, we are hoping that we can stage some smaller events later in the year, pending the COVID19 recovery, to keep the promise of the Festa alive. Stay tuned via our Facebook and Instagram.

Viva la Festa!

Robyn Rogers, President
Read full Media Release HERE
Posted 21 April, 2020

L-R: Stephen Carr (Swiss Italian Descendant & Festa Committee member), Mitch Duncan (Farmers Arms Daylesford), and Em Ireland (Festa Director) review previous Festa artwork.

Over four days, the people of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford share with the region, Victorians, and folks from further afield, their proudly strong links with the original Swiss Italians who settled in the district in the 1850s.

The Festa also highlights the diverse skills and endeavours of the present community, as well as the unique environment, which are still closely connected to taking the waters at the numerous mineral springs in the area.

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