Find your DRIFT as Peninsula’s major arts festival returns


For 10 days in April, DRIFT will once again bring the Peninsula’s venues, places and spaces to life. Residents, visitors and tourists will come together to enjoy art of all disciplines, including performance, music, visual arts, film, public art installations, multimedia and projections, writing and literature and local food and wine, offering exciting new opportunities to experience the best of the region.

Like last year, the festival delivers a range of programming: large-scale events, boutique programming and pop-up style events in public spaces, shop fronts, traditional and non-traditional venues and landscapes and digital activations across the Peninsula. This year, there will also be a festival hub at the Village Green in Rosebud. At the hub you’ll find laugh-out-loud comedy, experimental circus, dazzling cabaret, live music and family-friendly entertainment. The Hub will become a pop-up playground across four venues: Shoreline Big Top, Rosebud Soundshell, Rosebud Memorial Hall and our DRIFT Artists’ Bar.

The inaugural DRIFT Arts Festival, delivered in 2022, was a success with a total of 20,000 audience members. The festival contributed to positive social and health and wellbeing outcomes and injecting approximately $3.5m into the local economy. The timing of the festival in is strategically placed to reduce seasonal ebbs and encourage year-round activity and visitation to our beautiful part of the world.

DRIFT is a love letter to our unique region and its community. The festival will have something for everyone: outdoorsy types, art connoisseurs, comedy hungry, music lovers, foodies and kids will all find something to enjoy and remember. These shows are not to be missed!

DRIFT Arts Festival will run from Friday 21 – Sunday 30 April.

Explore the program and book your tickets at

Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Steve Holland:

“DRIFT aims to position Mornington Peninsula Shire as a cultural leader, empowering our arts sector to contribute to the region’s reputation as a thriving creative destination.

“Feedback from audience members last year was overwhelmingly positive. Attracting more than 20,000 people last year, events such as this one are putting the Mornington Peninsula on the map!”

Quote attributable to Arts and Culture Advisory Panel Representee, Councillor David Gill:

“I am looking forward to the fun and entertainment of the next DRIFT Arts Festival which is just around the corner. Council is providing the opportunity for our great local people in the arts industry to do what they do best and put on great shows for our enjoyment.

“Please support by turning up and helping revive enthusiasm for live entertainment on the Mornington Peninsula.”

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