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21 SEP - 25 SEP 2021



The Winton Outback Festival is on again this September during the school holidays and is perfect for families or anyone who loves the Aussie Outback. The festival includes five days of quirky events, warm Outback hospitality and nightly live entertainment attracting visitors from all over.

As part of the 2021 Winton Outback Festival program, Topology will be in-residence running a number of creative workshops throughout the week and performing in events across the festival.



Everyone is creative. Topology’s goal for these festival workshops is to write new music and songs with the community of Winton, inspired by the community of Winton. These workshops are open to all ages, regardless of musical background or experience. Topology’s musicians will help participants create brand new works, which will be performed at the festival’s closing night concert on Saturday.

Topology Fast and Furious Song writing

Write a tune in 60 minutes with John Babbage, Jade Mills and the Topology team

Anyone can write music and create a song. Join Topology musicians for this workshop and write a song together in 60 minutes. You do not have to have a musical bone in your body, be a poet or know anything about song writing; all you need is an idea, motivation and an open mind.

Tuesday 21 September & Wednesday 22 September

Found Objects Orchestra

With Dr Grant Collins, John Babbage and the Topology team

From finding objects around the house (the recycling and ‘junk drawer’ are always treasure troves), to turning them into musical instruments. Participants are invited to bring anything they think could be a musical instrument to play; everyday things including pots and pans, buckets, household utensils will all be ideal. Rhythm and music undoubtedly develop from the sounds of natural objects rather than from any specifically designed instruments. Join Grant, John, and Topology musos for a drumming and found objects workshop with whatever things you find – bring them along and let’s play.

Wednesday 22 September & Thursday 23 September

Getting it Together

A culmination of the previous days’ workshops; this final session involves all the participants coming together to rehearse and put final touches on their new compositions and songs, in preparation for their premiere at the Saturday night performance.

Friday 24 September




Queensland Stories – Winton (World Premiere)

Tuesday 21 September, 6:30pm

Queensland Stories – Winton, showcases the work created by the young Winton filmmakers who participated in Topology’s Digital Storytelling workshops run by local digital artist Nicole Bond. This collection of digital stories highlights the theme of resilience and captures and celebrates stories from the Winton community. Queensland Stories – Winton is accompanied by live music composed by John Babbage and performed by Topology.

Queensland Stories – Winton will be followed by three more works composed by Topology’s own John Babbage, Drought Stories – Texas, Tourbillon, & Lost at Sea.

Live on the Main Stage

Thursday 23 September, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

As part of this evening of entertainment, Topology will perform a program showcasing a selection of their favourite original music, composed by members of the performing ensemble including John Babbage, Grant Collins and Patrick Farrell. With a program comprising solely of works by Australian composers this evening will showcase and celebrate contemporary music in Australia.

Live on the Main Stage

Saturday 25 September, from 5:30pm

This closing night performance on the Main Stage will be a celebration of the creativity in Winton. A culmination of all that was produced in Topology’s creative workshops throughout the week, this evening of world premiere performances will feature members of the Winton community performing their original pieces of music for the first time, alongside Topology.


For more information, visit the Winton Outback Festival website.