THE lovely seaside hamlet of Queenscliff has launched its inaugural Low Light festival to encourage people to feel differently about the depths of winter.
Over four weekends from June 21-July 13 there will be a collection of cultural, artistic and active experiences in and around Queenscliff celebrating all things warm and wonderful.
The bracing seaside cold will be offset by filling the town's public spaces, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants with art exhibitions, film premieres, literary readings and music performances.
Naturally, fine food is on the menu with restaurant 360Q on the wharf hosting events including After Dinner by Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group, a poignant and hilarious collision of lonely hearts, sex, friendship and Friday night drinks set in a suburban pub, circa 1987. Paula, Monika and Dympie are going to paint the town red... or maybe just a deep shade of embarrassment.
Another feature event is a survey exhibition of mezzotint prints by noted Queenscliff artist Graeme Peebles. For 40 years Peebles has drawn out imagery from the velvety depths of the mezzotints he so richly renders, and from the recesses of his fertile imagination. His work From Velvety Depths will be on display at the Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop from June 21 to August 12.
There's plenty of accommodation options for the weekend. If you're heading to Low Light with friends, then the beautiful historic five-bedroom house Clydesville is perfect.
On the way there, drop into the Scarf Festival at Geelong's National Wool Museum. This eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves runs from June 8 to August 26.