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About the Festival

About the Festival

Arts. Performance. Community. Connection.

Shepparton Festival commissions, develops and presents a thrilling 2-week annual program of events encompassing performance, music, literature, visual arts and food. The Festival brings people together from all walks of life to celebrate our vibrant creative community.

For two weeks in 2023, we will spill into familiar and unfamiliar spaces across the region as we continue our legacy as one of Victoria’s longest running arts festivals.. Our diverse program allows us to watch, listen, connect with and honour each other. For 26 years we’ve been passionate about giving artists a platform, paving the way for the Festival to be treasured locally and beyond.


A stellar arts festival that is locally treasured and valued beyond our region.

We support the development of a creative community whose members seek, see, hear, andspeak truths of all kinds, with an ever-empathetic heart, an unflinching eye, an open mind, and the readiness to listen and grow. In this way, we enable and encourage our community to participate in art that strengthens and unites, while stimulating reflection and growth.

We are creative, inclusive and courageous. We value the arts, our community, our diverse histories and our strengths. We value discourse and seek influences within and beyond Greater Shepparton that can help us understand, improve, and set and achieve our goals.



We will use art as a way to stimulate discourse, to draw a picture of what it looks like when we, as a community, fulfil our potential. We will use art to identify solutions and to name what holds us back. We will be courageous.


Our diverse community’s happiness and prosperity are inextricably linked to our ability to become a truly inclusive community. We believe that our journey to that destination must begin with reconciling our past. That is why we will put First Peoples First. We know that we need to engage meaningfully and listen more attentively to understand more deeply.


For us to deliver a sharper and deeper Festival we must be creative, focussed, efficient and effective. To do that, we need to act purposefully, transparently and accountably. We need to be clear on how we convert our understanding of our purpose and context into strategic direction, how this determines our creative and organisational plans, how we communicate them, and how we monitor progress against them. To achieve this, we will invest in strengthening our governance and operational processes so that our goals, objectives and roles are clear and targeted.

We are thriving.

Shepparton is flourishing in every sense of the word. Talent, local business, community and produce are abundant. The hard times have made us stronger. We create space for our community to thrive through connection, story-telling and art; whatever that looks like to each individual. We don’t just ‘get by’. We thrive.

Our Team

Jamie Lea (she/her)

Creative Director

Jamie is a strong and passionate advocate for all things community and creative in the Goulburn Valley and beyond. Working in the music space since the age of 16 with a laser focus and unrelenting commitment, Jamie has grown to be the face of local events, cultivating, encouraging and empowering individuals in their creative pursuits for over a decade. Jamie is the founder and owner of JL Productions which specialises in creating unforgettable experiences for event attendees and musicians alike. JL Productions is the force behind iconic local events, The Winter Sessions, The Secret Garden Gigs (nominated as best festival in the Music Victoria Awards 2021), the Numurkah Foodbowl Festival, the Fryers Street Food Festival (Shepparton), works Riverboats Music Festival in Echuca and regularly uses her expertise to produce Shepparton Festival’s events.

Louise Tremper (she/her)

General Manager

Louise is about to deliver her 4th Festival. With a project management background coupled with strong stakeholder and contract management skills, Louise initiated the contracting of fresh and creative and technical consultants to overhaul the Festival’s branding and physical and online presence. She has completed governance training with the AICD and uses her skills to assist the Committee in the reform of governing policies and practices. Louise lives in Dookie.

Kirsten Green (they/theirs/she/her)


Kirsten is a master-qualified in social work and public health with a very keen interest in governance as well as grass-roots community engagement. They have worked in the not for profit and government sectors. Kirsten is also  an independent director with health promotion charity Giz A Break and a graduate of the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership program. Kirsten lives in Mooroopna.

Leigh Findlay (he/his)

Deputy Chair

Leigh has a longstanding engagement with the Festival as a sponsor, volunteer, attendee, and committee member. He is the owner of Shepparton based civil engineering firm CAF Consulting. As the deputy chair of the Committee For Greater Shepparton he has excellent relationships with businesses beyond the region. He contributes business skills and relationships with philanthropists. Leigh lives in Shepparton.

Arti Shah (she/her)

Committee Member

Arti is a speech therapist working in primary schools and has a strong understanding of children’s needs and factors impacting childhood development in our region. She is also an artist, producing her pod-and-videocast program Human Chapters, which sensitively explores community members’ individual lived experiences and aspirations. Arti lives in Shepparton.

Peter Kelton (he/his)

Secretary and Child Protection Officer

Peter is a qualified and practising lawyer. He previously held numerous managerial positions bio-pharma logistics (including as CEO and Managing Director). Peter has thorough understanding of commercial activities including operations, business Development, marketing, strategy, and governance. He lives in Mooroopna. 

Glen Pearson (he/his)


Glen joined Shepparton Festival in Jan 2020 as the treasurer. Glen has over 15 years experience in accounting and finance across multiply sectors. He has worked for many years in senior financial management, business analysis, improvement, and innovation. He is currently the Manager Finance and Goulburn Valley Water.

Glen has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Accountancy and is a member of CPA Australia. He is family and community focussed.

Kristen Retallick (she/her)

Committee Member

Kristen is a visual artist who has contributed to the Shepparton Festival since 2018. Previously Gallery Manager/Curator, The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia and current Arts and Culture leader, Moira Shire Council, she has over 10 years of arts industry and education experience. Kristen is dedicated to supporting a healthy creative ecology for regional arts development.

Betul Tuna (she/her)

Committee Member

Betul has been immersed in grassroots work since birth, through her family’s involvement with the Goulburn Valley Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre. With a diploma of Community Services, Betul is currently a Senior Project Officer at the Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District, working in the space of Family Violence Prevention. She is one of the co-founders of the Point of Difference Studio whose focus is to create culturally safe, respectful and accessible environments in regional Victoria. Betul also works with Berry Street as a Youth Development Worker. She is passionate about social justice and ending gender-based violence. Betul lives in Shepparton.

Alaina Tucket (she/her)

Admin Support Officer and COVID Marshal

Born and bred in Shepparton, from the age of 14 Alaina became heavily involved within her community by volunteering in various organisations in the Goulburn Valley. Due to her volunteering efforts, she was awarded the Shepparton Young Citizen of the year award (2014) and the GSCC  Youth Volunteer award (2013). Combining her love for spreadsheets and organisation, Alaina found her passion for events and has completed studies in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management.


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