A new-look Easter Arts Festival which features an extensive program of activities promises something for almost everyone.
Easter Arts Festival organiser Jenny Arms said it was the first time the festival had been held in this format.
"We want to touch each group and each enthusiast in all the different arts - the music, the dance, the painting and photography," Arms said.
She said the festival was run by a group of individuals who "loved art and the concept of Easter and community".
"We want to do something in the community to make Easter a special time in Warrnambool.
"We've got things from a school children's painting competition to Mercy Place window exhibition done by the residents.
"We've just had the beautiful symphony concert. There's going to be (singer) Eureka Smith again out at Gateway Plaza performing country music on Saturday morning and Flagstaff Hill will be featuring five of our events over the special (Easter long) weekend.
"It's the first year at this level. Some years back we did a painting competition and it was overwhelmingly successful. This is a resurgence."
The festival began at the start of April with some exhibitions running until the end of the month. This weekend and next weekend are jam packed with events.
The following activities are included in the Easter Arts Festival.
Admire: View the Mercy Place Easter stained glass window display during the month of April and try to locate the Easter icons. The window display is located near the front doors and can be viewed from inside or outside the building.
Shining example: View the church window display at Our Lady Help of Christians and a Easter school art competition and photography display at Gateway Plaza from April 11 to April 30.
Art: Merri View Gallery will present an exhibition of Warrnambool and District Artists Society works, celebrating Easter each weekend from 12pm to 4pm at 4 Coramba Court, Warrnambool. Free entry.
Easter quilt show: View colourful works including ANZAC hangings and make a small wall hanging, quilt or textile art representing your interpretation of the Christian Easter event. There will also be techniques and subject matter on display. It's on at the Gateway Church of Christ, Raglan Pde, Warrnambool on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, April 14 from 1pm to 3pm. Entry by gold coin donation.
Easter exhibition: The CWA are putting on a special Easter exhibition of their beautiful crafts and activities on Saturday. It includes a workshop for children to make gorgeous, edible marzipan eggs. It's on from 1pm to 4pm at the CWA hall, Kepler Street, Warrnambool.
Song: Cantori, a local choir will present Handel's Little Organ Mass, led by Jeanette Hajncl and Philip Shaw, on Sunday at 9.30am at the Christ Church in Henna Street, Warrnambool.
Music: Listen to the Warrnambool Flute Ensemble at the Venturi Easter Art Ensemble on Sunday from 1pm to 2pm. It's on at the Hammond Fellowship Centre, Christ Church, Henna Street, Warrnambool. Entry by donation.
Live: An Easter celebration will be held on Sunday at 2.30pm featuring the Salvation Army Band, led by Lindsay Stowe, and songsters. It's on at the Salvation Army, 265 Lava Street, Warrnambool.
Music: Enjoy a morning melodies style presentation by local favourites Terry Croft's band, featuring guest singer Marg Lawlor on Monday. They will be singing and playing their own unique country western, Australiana style from 9.30am till 11.45am. Entry is $17 and includes a two-course meal.
Holiday dance camp: Heart of Grace is a Christian school holiday workshop involving worship through the expression of dance, bible study and crafts for girls aged six to 14 years. It's on from April 15 to 18 at the Naringal Baptist Church. No dance experience necessary. Cost is $40 for the four days. For more information email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit heartofgrace.com.au
For more information or a full list of the month's events contact Jenny on 0402 380 591.