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About Shepparton Festival

Shepparton Festival was established in 1997 by community members who had noticed that we needed to have more locally accessible arts and culture offerings, and that we needed to build our local creative capability and capacity.  We are proud to have now grown to become one of Australia’s longest running regional arts festivals.

Each March the Festival commissions, develops and presents a thrilling 2-week program of events encompassing performance, music, literature, visual arts and film across a variety of venues in the region.

The Festival’s purpose is two-fold:

  • To give artists and cultural groups a platform. With a focus on grass roots engagement, we want to let people know that art is for the whole community.
  • To enhance Shepparton’s profile as a great place to live and visit; locals are “Shepp proud” and tourists are intrigued to discover what is so special about this place of ours.

Above all, the Festival seeks to enable the creation and delivery of art in a way that sharpens our sense of who we are, where we come from and where we are going, and deepens our capacity for empathy and artistic enrichment. And that’s the role of art: It brings people together to celebrate our culture, history, creativity and this region’s strengths.

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The team

Jamie Lea - Creative Director
Jamie Lea

Creative Director

Louise Tremper - General Manager
Louise Tremper

General Manager

Kirsten Green - Chair
Kirsten Green


Leigh Findlay - Deputy Chair
Leigh Findlay

Deputy Chair

Peter Kelton - Secretary and Child Safety Officer
Peter Kelton

Secretary and Child Safety Officer

Arti Shah - Committee Member
Arti Shah

Committee Member

Fiona Smolenaars - Committee Member
Fiona Smolenaars

Committee Member

Alaina Tuckett

Admin Officer & Covid Marshal