Moira Arts & Culture Inc. is a not for profit organisation which aims to stimulate, enrich and support creativity in our communities, ensuring the vitality and sustainability of arts and culture into the future in Moira Shire.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. is proudly sponsored by Moira Shire Council.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. look forward to bringing you and your family more great performances and events in 2016.
Come on in and browse around our website to find details of upcoming events, and reports on recent events.
NUMURKAH TOWN HALL
Friday 28th July
YARROWEYAH MEMORIAL HALL
Saturday 29th July
MEMBERS HIGH TEA
MAC Inc. second members event was a High Tea on June 4th was a great success.
Warm friendly atmosphere, delicious food offered and an art exhibition from the Cobram & District Artists Society allowing MAC Inc. to thank our members for their support.
SPECIAL MEMBERS EVENT
HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. (MAC Inc.) invites MAC Inc. members to celebrate their membership with a very special high tea experience.
After a glass of champagne on arrival, indulge in home-made cakes, savoury treats and sweets with freshly brewed tea whilst viewing an art exhibition from the Cobram & District Artists Society..
Hear first hand of the terrific performances planned for the rest of the year.
This is our opportunity to personally thank you for supporting MAC Inc.
If not a MAC Inc. member, come along and discover the advantages of being a member.
This is a free event.
SUNDAY 4th JUNE 2017
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Killara House – the home of MAC Inc., Bank Street Cobram, between the Scout Hall and Guide Hall in the Cobram Showgrounds precinct.
This is a free event, but please indicate your acceptance for catering purposes.
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Inspiring Bush Gothic
Inspiring was just one feedback from the Bush Gothic performance in the Café Culture Series for MAC Inc. on Friday.
“Fantastic performance”, “Fabulous night – so different”, “Good to experience a wide range of talented artists” were other remarks.
Bush Gothic goes Bush.
The upcoming Café Culture Series show featuring the Melbourne based trio “Bush Gothic”will arrive in regional Victoria fresh from their wildly successful UK tour. With sold out concerts in London and 5 star reviews across the UK, the band hopes to achieve equal success in each of the16 towns that form the itinerary for their Just Shows To Go regional Victorian tour.
Band leader Jenny Thomas, winner of prestigious Golden Fiddle Award, was described by The Guardian as an ‘Edgy rising folk star’. She has created hauntingly beautiful arrangements of Australian songs that re-tell the tales of criminal women and desperate convict men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold. Her approach to this genre of music shines a torch light beam into parts of Australia’s darker, stranger Australian folk history to reveal some colorful hidden gems. Together with double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis, they form the most daring of Australian bush bands. Defiantly modern and achingly old the music is rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in campfire smoke. There are pirates and magpies with songs sung by our long dead ancestors who whisper to us yet from their graves.
“I first heard Bush Gothic perform at the old Castlemaine Gaol which was an awesome venue for them, given the content of their repertoire. It was as if the performance was not just for the live audience!” commented Mary Souness, Manager of Just Shows To Go, the company responsible for delivering the Café Culture Series into regional Victoria. It would seem it was not just me that was impressed with our distinctly Australian flavoured talent. They have since received much acclaim and some awards including Folkroots Runner Up Album of theYear 2016, 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine and most recently won Best of the Fringe Music Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017. Their review in The National Times declares that Bush Gothic is ‘Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity, they have taken the foundations of a folk library and built a new architecture. Bush Gothic takes your breath away.’
Bush Gothic will be performing on 19th May at the Cobram Italian Social Club. The show will feature music from their new CD “The Natural Selection Australian Songbook” and the musical influence of the early Irish settlers. You can purchase tickets by phoning 0488 370 521 or trybooking.com/243242. The 2017 Café Culture Series is presented by Moira Arts & Culture Inc. working in collaboration with Just Shows To Go and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Please book early to ensure your seat.
Miles & Simone
Miles and Simone are like Johnny Cash and June Carter (if Johnny Cash and June Carter had grown up in a small Victorian seaside town).
Set in the folk/country tradition and maintaining at their core an Australian feel both in lyrics and laconic style, Miles & Simone’s songs cast a spell of lonesome roads and oceans filled with heartbreak, and in between songs, create lovely comic moments with jokes and storytelling, ensuring the night is both beautiful and FUN!
St Kilda Film Festival
Returning in 2017 the St Kilda Short Film Festival returns to Moira Shire for the fourth year. Screening this year in two locations Numurkah Town Hall on Friday 28th July and Yarroweyah Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th July..
YARROWEYAH MEMORIAL HALL Saturday 29th July
THE CROW FAMILY
A women lives in the middle of the city, next to a tree that smells of lemons. In this tree lives a family of crows, but their home is threatened by developers looking to build inner city apartments where factories and shops used to be. One day, the child of the crows falls from the nest. As nigh falls, the neighbourhood cats move in for the kill. The women intervenes and her encounter with the crows and their child transforms her life and ultimately transforms her.
Told by a real life family the Craw Family is a gentle, intimate, and beautiful music performance event about remarkable creatures and what makes us human.
OF LOLA MONTEZ
In conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, MAC Inc. will present ‘The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez” by Finucane & Smith on Thursday 10th August.
From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith & world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century. Lola Montez.
She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets and insults. Swathed in scandal. Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage” (Sydney Morning Herald 1855).
In 1855 the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia & its goldfields.
The scandal is legend.
From award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, the internationally adored Glory Box and the haunting drama The Flood, comes a brand new drama decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, multi-award winning storytelling, sultry song and a death scene or three.
The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez.
Starring triple Best Actress Winner (and direct descendant of Lola herself!) Miss Caroline Lee and Parisian dance siren Holly Durant, directed by the international Queen of Provocative Variety Moira Finucane, Lola is a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history and the extraordinary lives & freedom of one of the world’s most adventurous women. Created in partnership with Her Majesty’s Ballarat
In conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, MAC Inc. is pleased to present “The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez” on Thursday 10th August at Barooga Sporties.
MYSTERY IN THE AIR
MAC Inc. with Regional Arts Victoria presents Mystery in the Air.
Take a couple of hilariously antiquated radio plays; add two somewhat over-stressed actors and
you’re ON THE AIR with Mystery In The Air!
This is the show that transports audiences back to the style, the fashion and – let’s face it – the sheer political incorrectness of the 1940s. Of course, back in those days, such luxuries as a proper cast and a sound effects department were the norm, but in these economically stringent times, it’s all down to just our boys – costumes, sound effects, scene changes, music, voices – they’ll do the lot. It’s a big ask, and occasionally they might even succeed.
Starring Michael Veitch and Simon Oats, the results are sure to be hilarious.
Saturday 30th September Numurkah Town Hall 8pm
The first performance in the Café Culture Series captured by Estelle Chalker.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Performance at Byramine Homestead captured by Estelle Chalker.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Beautiful day today (Friday) BUT, JUST INCASE of inclement weather, erecting marquee in the picturesque gardens of Byramine Homestead for Sunday’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing
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MAC Inc. 2017 SEASON PREVIEW
MAC Inc. 2017 SEASON
MAC Inc. invites you to be our guest at a special preview function.
Join us for nibbles and drinks.
This is our opportunity to personally share the 2017 season with you.
A MAC Inc. Membership Program will also be launched on the night.
Be the first to learn the benefits of MAC Inc. Membership.
An exhibition of photographs by award winning photographer Lachie Brown will be on display.
Musical entertainment by singer/songwriter Simon Marks.
THURSDAY 12th JANUARY
6.30pm for 7pm
KILLARA HOUSE – the home of MAC Inc. Bank Street Cobram, between the Scout Hall and Guide Hall in the Cobram Showgrounds precinct.
Please advise attendance for catering purposes by booking at http://www.trybooking.com/239133
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
After this year’s performance of “Romeo & Juliet”, Essential Theatre are returning by popular demand to present their new production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”..
Make a note of the date – 5th February 2017.
The venue will be the picturesque gardens of Byramine Homestead.
“Shakespeare in the Vines”.
They will mark this momentous occasion by revisiting the play that started it all –
Much Ado About Nothing.
This witty, romantic and playful tale will be directed by the company’s Co Artistic Director, Amanda LaBonte. Amanda has a wealth of experience producing and performing with the company and promises to bring a fresh eye to this production. Joining the creative team this summer is Designer, Amaya Vecellio. Essential Theatre’s production takes place in rural Australia in the mid 19th Century. The design will be responding to the Australian backdrop that has become synonymous with Essential Theatre’s tour.
“Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”
After victory in battle, Don Pedro leads his soldiers, including the dashing young Claudio and the clever wordsmith Benedick, to the home of Leonato. The soldiers are greeted warmly by Leonato and his charming daughter Hero and consequently invited to stay. Leonato’s witty niece Beatrice engages in a merry war of words with Benedick both proclaiming their scorn for love, marriage and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero meeting for the first time, are instantly lovestruck and are quickly betrothed.
However the bastard brother of Don Pedro, Don John, devises a meddling plan to mess with the unfolding romance. Lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened.
Dogberry and Verges, the comical night watchmen, appear just in time, ensuring that good will defeat all evil!
Much Ado About Nothing is a timeless tale of two pairs of lovers – and the people who want them to be together, and the people who try to rip them apart.
Under the setting sun, Essential Theatre invites you to relax in the grounds of Byramine Homestead and join in the delight of this colourful and charming comedy that is Much Ado About Nothing.
Essential Theatre are proud to be celebrating the milestone of 15 years of Shakespeare in the Vines with Much Ado About Nothing. This a unique tour of Shakespeare’s classics to some of Australia’s most spectacular wineries and gardens. This program has grown from strength to strength since 2003, ensuring the longevity of an ambitious and entrepreneurial Victorian theatre company.
These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences delivering vibrant and engaging productions. Whether you’re new to the work of Essential Theatre or a regular audience member we guarantee you a night to remember.
“On reporting my experience of the Essential troupe for the third
time, it feels repetitive to sing their praises but in all honesty, it’s nigh impossible
to fault them.” Barefoot Review SA
“ an excellent performance, one of the best I have seen..full of action and energy, the ensemble clearly enjoyed themselves, and that excitement spilled over into the audience.” Audience member, Mudgee NSW
Date: 5th February
Time: From 5 pm for 6pm start.
Venue: Byramine Homestead, 1436 Murray Valley Highway, Yarrawonga.
Cost; $35. Members $30
BYO picnic hampers. No BYO, beer, wine and cider available for purchase.
CAFE CULTURE – SONIDOS FLANCOS
BACKWARD & IN HIGH HEELS
Fantastic finale to Café Culture Series with Kelly Auty giving a high energy, informative and engaging performance in Backwards and In High Heels.
Kelly presented a powerful journey through the music, lives and fashions of some of the great women singers of the 1950’s to 1980’s.
BACKWARD & IN HIGH HEELS
Backward & In High Heels written and performed by Kelly Auty & her band. A powerful journey through the music, lives and fashions of the great women singers of the 1950’s to the ’80’s from Edith Piaf to Annie Lennox. Kelly’s lightning fast costume changes along with her humor and sensitivity to the women she portrays is mesmerizing.
The Butlers Pantry from Numurkah are the caterers for the Café Culture Series Dinner Packages.
For Backwards and in High Heels Chef Adam has chosen the following. Canapes on arrival and then salmon fillet with asparagus, cherry tomato and candied beetroot drizzled with an orange buerre blanc. As an alternative for those that don’t like fish a roasted rack of lamb with pomme dauphine, honeyed carrots and pea puree with red wine jus.
Drinks are available from the Cobram Italian Social Club bar.
Dinner packages are available when booking tickets at the Cobram Information Centre or online at a cost of $30. Dinners must be pre-booked. Dinner 6.15pm
Friday 4th November 8pm
Venue: Cobram Italian Social Club, Cobram.
Adults $30, Concession $25, Pre-booked dinner $30
Bookings Cobram Barooga Tourism, phone 58722132 or online, by clicking link below.
ART FEST 2016
The weekend of 8th & 9th October provided opportunities for budding artists to try theor hand at painting, drawing, spinning & weaving, garden art, leatherwork, clay modelling, lead lighting, mosaics, printing quilting material, metal sculpture, blacksmithing, bobbin lace and patchwork.
Thanks to the tutors for sharing heir expertise.
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Singer/songwriter Simon Marks will be partnering with MAC Inc (Moira Arts and Culture) as he tours some smaller intimate venues around regional Victoria sharing his upbeat songs and stories in unique intimate solo mode before embarking on a wider national tour in the new year.
This troubadour singer/songwriter recently relocated from Fremantle (WA) to a small town on the banks of the Murray River. Life among the red gums and beside the river inspired Marks to writ…e and record his 4th independent release “Big River, Little Stories” based around the area, its people, and the move to life in country Victoria.
This is a specific tour of fun intimate interactive shows launching the new album around where it was written.
Details of venues to follow.
Captivating the audience with their verve and musicianship the Lagerphones played the blues, classic jazz and their own improvisation of old-time tunes at the Café Culture Series performance Friday night.
The six lads knew how to swing it, to the delight of the audience, with outstanding individual solos stealing the spotlight.
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Escape the ordinary for 1 night!
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. present “The Lagerphones”.
Taking their cues from the giants of early jazz from New Orleans, this band from a furious stomp to sweet, lowdown blues bring it, wing it & swing it.
Cafe Culture Series will be presented at the Cobram Italian Social Club, Koonoomoo Rd. Cobram. Tickets are available at the Cobram Visitors Information Centre, Ph. 58722132. Single tickets for each show $30 adult / $25 Concession Senior/Student. Dinner pre-ordered $30. Meals will be served from 6pm to be finished by 7.45pm. Concert commences at 8pm. Dinners must be pre booked.
Want a sneak peek at the winners at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival to be screened in Yarroweyah and Yarrawonga?
Click on the link below to be taken to the St Kilda Film Festival website.
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Prize-winning films and outstanding favourites from this year’s St Kilda Film Festival will hit the road for a Victorian tour throughout June and July, 2016. Visiting eight destinations, the St Kilda Film Festival Tour will ensure that film buffs around the state will have the opportunity to view this year’s exceptional entrants from Australia’s largest and longest running short film competition.
The St Kilda Film Festival returns to Moira In June with screenings at Yarroweyah on 24th June and Yarrawonga 25th June. Program details will be available after the St Kilda Film Festival is screened in Melbourne and wining entries selected.
About St Kilda Film Festival
Australia’s Top 100 Short Films
Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by emerging artists and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they look their shiny best.
Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the St Kilda Film Festival is now an Academy Awards qualifying event, with award-winning films from the Festival eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards AND Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.
Melbourne Guitar Quartet.
The Melbourne Guitar Quartet performed at the Cobram Italian Social Club on Friday 29th April, the second attraction in the Café Culture Series.
Their combination of innovative arrangements and superb ensemble playing was a joy to listen to.
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From Riverdance to Carmen on four guitars.
Tonié Field is Head of Guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts (now the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music repertoire stream). In 2003 Tonié received an ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’ as part of the guitar group ‘Saffire’ which also boasts the extremely talented Leonard and Slava Grigoriyan Brothers. Tonié is also a founding member of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet and has now hand picked star talented guitarists Evan Hopkins, Cameron Sloan and Michael McManus to create the “Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Quartet” who, with the support of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, will be touring to fifteen regional Victorian towns during May as the second show in Café Culture Series program for 2016.
Guitar quartets are extremely rare in the Australian music landscape. They offer the listener an unique opportunity to hear a variety of music arranged and performed on four guitars. “Whilst the Café Culture Series has presented “Carneval Strings” a traditional string quartet in previous year’s program, we have never had the pleasure of experiencing a guitar quartet” commented Mary Souness, Manager of Just Shows To Go, the touring company responsible for touring the Café Culture Series throughout regional Victoria. “It offers an interesting twist on the overall sound and is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the versatility and warmth of the guitar family of instruments. It is quite a rare phenomenon even in the city and so we are very happy that the members of the Mebourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Quartet have made themselves available for this tour.
Classical bass guitar, baritone guitar, standard guitar, treble guitar, and the occasional use of percussion instruments conspire to create a rich and beautiful ensemble sound. The repertoire that the group has chosen caters for a wide variety of musical tastes including music from the Irish stage production “Riverdance” by Bill Whelan to music from Bizet’s opera Carmen to contemporary Tango and Australian rock inspired compositions.
Tickets are on sale now at Cobram Visitor Information Centre 58722132.
Single tickets $30 full/ $25 conc. With pre ordered dinner $30.
Series tickets for remaining 3 performances in Series $75 plus 3 pre-ordered dinners $165.
A sea of kids welcome Justine Clarke to Moira.
Justine Clarke delighted a crowd of children and adults at her performance at The Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort on Wednesday 24th February. Accompanied by her three piece band Justine sang and danced, leading the audience, up on their feet, in song and dance.
Comments received “What a fabulous performance! Justine was FABULOUS and the venue perfect”. “Loved being on the floor together, very good venue”. “Amazing show. So lucky to have shows like this coming to our rural areas”. “Fantastic, congratulations on having Justine locally. We really appreciated it”.”What a wonderful concert. Fantastic day for all the kids”.
The audience came from near and far, Oaklands, Jerilderie, Wangaratta, Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga.
MAC Inc. is proud to bring Justine Clarke to Moira Shire.
Justine Clarke is an Australian actress, singer and television host. She has been acting since the age of seven and has appeared in some of Australia’s best-known TV shows. She is also a film and stage actor, and won the Best Actress Award at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina in 2006 for her role in independent film Look Both Ways.
A popular children’s entertainer and presenter on the landmark children’s television program Play School, Clarke has releases albums and DVDs of Children’s music through ABC Music. Titles include I Like to Sing, Songs to Make You Smile, Great Big World, Pyjama Jam! & the ARIA Award winning A Little Day Out With Justine Clarke
Standing ovation for Co-Cheol
An enthusiastic audience gave Co-Cheol a standing ovation at their performance on Friday 19th February.
The first of four performances in the Cafe Culture Series was an outstanding success, and augurs well for the rest of the series.
Comments included: Beautiful music.Talented girls. Made my heart sing. Thanks to all.
The evening commenced, for those fortunate to have purchased the dinner package, with a superb dinner prepared by The Butlers Pant…ry from Numurkah seving Irish Stew or Guinness Pie followed by Baileys Cream Cheesecake and cream.
The performance by Co-Cheol featured Claire Patti, Georgina Walton and twins Merrily and Ginger Hansen in a beautiful evening of four part harmony singing.
The second performance in the Cafe Culture Series will take place on Friday 29th April featuring the Melbourne Guitar Quartet.
Single tickets $30 full / $25 concession with pre-ordered dinner option for $30 per person.
Series tickets for the remaining three performances will be $75 with pre-ordered dinner option $90. Total $165.
Bookings Cobram Visitors Information Centre ph. 5872 2132
Direct Debit to Moira Arts & Culture Inc. Bendigo Bank BSB 633 000 Account No. 151125382 Please reference “CCS” and your name in the transaction then email email@example.com providing your name and address.
CAFE CULTURE Co-Cheol
Great News! Moira Arts & Culture Inc. are pleased to advise that “the butlers pantry” from Numurkah are catering for all dinners in the dinner packages of the Café Culture Series. Chef Adam has suggested themed menus for each performance. This coming Friday “CoCheol” with a Celtic theme, Adam has suggested Irish Stew (lamb) with a colcannon mash OR beef and Guinness pie, followed with a baileys cheesecake with Irish coffee cream for dessert.
Dinners must be pre-booked for $30 …per person.
Tickets on sale at Cobram Visitor Information Centre Ph. 5872 2132, or direct debit to Moira Arts & Culture Inc. Bendigo Bank BSB 633 000 Account No. 151125382. Please reference “CCS” and your name, then email firstname.lastname@example.org providing your name and address.
Single tickets $30, with dinner option of a further $30.
Season ticket for remaining 3 concerts $75. Season ticket of 3 concerts plus 3 pre-ordered Dinners for $165.
ROMEO & JULIET
Moira Arts & Culture presented the Essential Theatre production of Romeo & Juliet on the banks of the Murray at Thompsons Beach Cobram on Sunday 7th February.
A large appreciative audience were engrossed in Shakespeare’s drama
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