In 2014 the Festival collaborated with Melbourne’s John Shaw Neilson Society celebrating the works of the Penola-born poet and featured a poetry reading luncheon, a bus tour of Neilson sites and the Orange Tree Concert with Darryl Emmerson.
The Balnaves Foundation continued its generous sponsorship for the John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize increasing it to $6000. The winning entry was by Kate Smith.
Shenanigans continued at Coonawarra Hall, Penola was again yarn bombed, and the Penola and District Business Association introduced a new postcard competition to promote Penola. We also welcomed Evelyn Roth’s giant inflatable Nylon Zoo as part of the family programme and quirky bird caller Justine Engdahl.