Benalla Festival to go ahead for 2021

Benalla Festival entertainer

Benalla Rural City Council and the Benalla Festival Advisory Committee have announced that the Benalla Festival is planned to proceed for 30 October – 7 November 2021.

The Benalla Festival is a major event on the Benalla Rural City community calendar. While COVID restrictions saw the Festival cancelled for 2020, the Council confirms its intention to go ahead with the Festival in 2021.

Cr Don Firth, Chair of the Benalla Festival Advisory Committee, said the Benalla Festival provided a chance for the community to celebrate and unwind after a challenging year.

‘The Festival allows us to celebrate everything that it means to be a part of our community,’ said Cr Firth.

The theme for this year’s Benalla Festival is Our Community, Our Future.

‘This is our chance to reimagine, reconnect and celebrate,’ said Cr Don Firth.

Cr Firth said some elements of the Festival would be changed to accommodate COVIDSafe event requirements.

‘We are looking at these requirements as an opportunity to reimagine how we celebrate our community through the Festival. We remain committed to a great Benalla Festival as a chance to celebrate.’

The Festival program will highlight our rural communities with events across our townships during the Festival’s first weekend from 30 to 31 October. The second weekend will feature events in Benalla from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 November.

The Benalla Festival Advisory Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest from potential event holders. Go to to sign up.

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