For one weekend, every February, the sleepy town of Bruthen wakes to the sound of jumping, shaking & dancing to rhythm and blues at the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival
Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival is a volunteer-run, family-friendly event which reflects the inclusive spirit of Bruthen and East Gippsland. Held on the third weekend of February each year, it is a perfect time to head east!
The festival was established in 1995 by a group of friends with a unified love of blues music and went on to capture the hearts of those that live amongst it. The festival grew steadily over the years, attracting big names such Chris Wilson, Ash Grunwald, Fiona Boyes and Charlie A’Court. The festival is now held in several venues over 3 days, with a free all-day event on the main street of Bruthen both Saturday and Sunday.
Bruthen is a small country town overlooking the Tambo River. Situated 300kms east of Melbourne on the Omeo Highway/Great Alpine Road. Bruthen boasts natural attractions such as clean, fresh waterholes and a pristine microclimate rainforest on the outskirts of town. Bruthen is central to many sports and recreational activities which include fishing, snow and water-skiing, surfing, boating, mountain bike riding, bushwalking and four-wheel driving.
With a population of around 815, the town offers good old-fashioned style hospitality. We have slow food and fast food with pub-style accommodation, a caravan park and several B&Bs to experience the tranquillity of country living.
The festival has its 25th anniversary in 2020 and is still going strong. The town puts on a showcase of stalls, music in the street, workshops, garage sales and of course music at the Bruthen Inn Hotel that is the best in its class.