As the warming and invigorating afternoon’s rhythms and melodies, transitioned with the illuminating moon into the evening’s revelry and merriment, Dush knew that his family had just expanded.

Dush has been working in the arts industry for over 20 years. In 2004 he co-founded Higher Ground Inc, which operated as a year-round not-for-profit arts organisation and multi-disciplinary arts centre for 9 years. Under his guidance, Higher Ground Inc successfully regenerated three run-down buildings in the Adelaide CBD, transforming them into arts and cultural hubs, presenting & producing local, national and international artistic & cultural work. Whilst the emphasis of his role focused on creative & organisational development, programming and venue management, Dush’s work also extended to collaborating with and mentoring individual artists and companies.

After completing the actor training course at Flinders University Drama Centre (1989-92), he moved to Brisbane to pursue & develop his acting career and worked with some of Australia’s finest companies and artists. In 1996 Dush took his one-man production of ‘Shadowboxing’ to Edinburgh, Scotland where he continued to live until 2003. Whilst in Edinburgh, Dush established AXIS Theatre Company where he Produced, Directed & Performed in the company’s productions of ‘Shadowboxing’, ‘King Lear’ & ‘Death and the Maiden’. Some of the amazing opportunities that unfolded for him whilst in Edinburgh included working as a support arts worker for a cultural exchange program between disadvantaged young people living in Edinburgh & Mamelodi (South Africa), as well as Co-Producing & Co-Programming the infamous Bongo Club Cabaret in 2002.

Picture this....

Hillside camping in the heart of the Clare Valley, amidst rolling hills, luscious vineyards and drystone walls.....the warm setting sun, plenty of cold beer....all in the shadow of a lovingly restored, 150 year old bluestone building!

What could possibly make this sound any better... if you were thinking 20+ amazing international, interstate and local SA bands, 1500 friends, two stages, a hay bale amphitheatre and a massive Gum tree....then read on....

BlenheimFest is a locally supported, privately run, not-for-profit festival, held at Easter time at Blenheim in the Clare Valley.  Our aim is to showcase talented local musicians, raise funds for New Hope Cambodia.....and above all, to throw a party that makes you want to come back year after year!  Now in its sixth incarnation, BlenheimFest continues to impress visitors and defy sceptics, proving you don’t need corporate sponsorship and international headline acts to put on a great festival. 



We continue to support New Hope Cambodia - a grass roots, rapidly growing Non-Government Organisation who aims to provide hope, dignity and promise to the people of Cambodia (for more information visit www.newhopecambodia.com).  So this year again the good tunes, good times and good vibes will all equate to a good cause! 

All those involved with BlenheimFest, which includes our supportive patrons have now help to donated over $47,000 to New Hope Cambodia and local Clare Valley charities since BlenheimFest started in 2010. 

Our History
Blenheim Music and Camping Festival could be described as the logical progression when explaining what has happened inside the Blenheim grounds since June 2009. It all started in the middle of winter in the Clare Valley when we all decided that a skate ramp was a necessity to survive the long cold winter. After downloading a B grade skate ramp design, building commenced. No one had any experience of skating, not to mention building a ramp, so some might say we fluked it. After 3 months of hard work it was finished and it is still, 5 years later, as solid as the day it was built.

The enthusiasm for building continued and an idea for ‘The Goose Trumpet’ was born. Renovating an abandoned room underneath the skate ramp began by shifting a massive pile of junk, a few rat homes and shovelling out 5 tonne of mud before any improvements could be made. First was a jarrah floor, then a stair case to the skate ramp, plus a few niceities like a pot belly and a door. Today ‘The Goose Trumpet’ is a bar and jam room where local friends and musos come together.

BlenheimFest itself began in 2010 with 3 bands, 3 DJ’s, a small PA run off a generator and 150 enthusiastic friends/legends. For its first 2 years, Blenheimfest was a private event. Our third year was when we realised we had something we wanted to share with everyone and we went public.

Even though it has grown exponentially, we are keen to keep the positive roots of the event by not letting it grow too big.

BlenheimFest’s future is highly dependent on you guys! As no one is paid, and so the fun and love of BlenheimFest continues, you can help by being a great patron, being responsible, looking after friends and strangers and not making a total mess (but if you do, help us clean it up!).

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