MAC Inc. Fifth Birthday Celebrations
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. (MAC Inc.) celebrated their fifth year with a birthday party in Killara House Cobram.
Members and supporters from Nathalia, Numurkah, Strathmerton, Tocumwal, Cobram, Katamatite and Yarrawonga joined in the celebrations.
Established in 2013 by Moira Shire and proudly sponsored by Moira Shire, MAC Inc. is an independent, incorporated not-for-profit organisation which continues to grow and is proud to be able to deliver a diverse program of events, workshops and opportunities to encourage and nurture the arts across the whole of Moira Shire.
Jackie Lee provide the celebrations entertainment for the birthday, encouraging audience participation, and the Baulkamaugh CWA provided a sumptuous supper.
A power point presentation screened the notable events presented by MAC Inc. over the last 5 years and promoted the upcoming St Kilda Film Festival on 14th July and the Café Culture Series Dr Crask & His Swinging Elixir on August 24th, with the Art Fest of twenty taster workshops September 22-23rd.
Last year MAC Inc. presented 11 performances/events in Nathalia, Numurkah, Yarroweyah, Cobram, Strathmerton, Katamatite and Yarrawonga. And gave sponsorship to Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga Agricultural Shows, Numurkah Foodbowl, Strathmerton Community Plan, Katamatite Community Plan, Nathalia, St Marys, Numurkah, Glenvale, Cobram, Cobram Anglican Grammar, Sacred Heart Yarrawonga Secondary Colleges, Cobram Cemetery Trust, 1000 Voices Yarrawonga, Numurkah Rotary Art Exhibition, to encourage and nurture the arts.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. has commenced planning for next year’s events.
Big Tops & Tiny Tots
Big Tops & Tiny Tots wowed Katamatite with an audience of 136, – 55 adults and 81 children, Luth Wollff delighted all with this most entertaining show.
Great to hear squeals of delight from the children and the obvious enjoyment as parents watched their children interact and participate.
Thanks to the Katamatite Community Plan, Katamatite Primary School and Katamatite Kindergarten, a great show of community spirit.
The show them rolled onto Strathmerton to enthrall the little ones.
Thanks to the Strathmerton Community Plan and Strathmerton Primary School Parents and Friends.
Red Dress & The Sugar Man
Red Dress & The Sugar Man, another fabulous show in the Café Culture Series presented by Moira Arts & culture Inc.
Marisa Quigley and her 5 piece backing charmed the audience with her singing and story telling.
Yarroweyah Hall proving to be a great venue for the Café Culture Series and once again the Cobram Anglican Grammar School Parents & Friends hit the spot with their delicious supper.
Here is some of the feedback from the audience:
Another fabulous talent – well put together performance.
Prose and music just brilliant combination.
Very enjoyable evening.
Café Culture us eclectic – and that’s it’s strength.
Very much enjoyed the evening – thank you.
Can not wait for the next performance in the Café Culture Series, Dr Crask & His Swinging Elixir on Friday 24th August at the Yarroweyah Hall. Do not forget to wear your dancing shoes!
Pacific Belles was an outstanding performance to kick off the Café Culture Series in the Yarrawonga Hall.
Some of the audience feedback:
Wonderful harmonies – fabulous performance. Uplifting.
Fantastic quality performance.
Great feedback on change of venue to the Yarroweyah Memorial Hall.
Fabulous supper from the Cobram Anglican Grammar Parents & Friends.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. presented Essential Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night at Byramine Homestead.
A large an enthusiastic audience were entertained with an excellent performance.
Some feed back from the audience.
Great venue/great show.
Great entertainment – most enjoyable night – great venue.
Thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Great venue – perfect evening.
Estelle Chalker captured the night with her camera.
2018 Season Launch
Fantastic final performance in the Café Culture Series by The Wikimen.
Some of the feedback:
Great individually by blended extremely well.
Loved having something different in the area.
Brilliant musicians, great combinations of voices and instruments.
Thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Wonderful entertaining night.
Look forward to 2018.
MAC Inc. presented I Viaggiatori in the Cafe Culture Series On Friday 11th August.
Comments from the audience:
“Wonderful night, very interesting & informative”
“My father came over on a boat – it was a familiar yet new look at his journey. The music was excellent”
“Always proud of events organised by MAC Inc.”
THE EXOTIC LIVES OF LOLA MONTEZ
The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez was presented at the Barooga Sporties on August 10th to rave reviews.
“Great opportunity, great experience, thought provoking story and content”
“Didn’t know what to expect, was thoroughly enjoyed!’
Great venue, looked good – great atmosphere”
THE CROW FAMILY
MAC Inc. presented The Crow Family in association with Regional Arts Victoria in St Marys of the Angels Secondary College auditorium, Nathalia on Sunday 6th August.
MILES and SIMONE
Miles & Simone impressed with their music and humorous banter at Strathmerton.
Some feedback from the audience: “Fantastic show. Their music is beautiful and relaxing, and I love their story telling and audience engagement:”
“So awesome to see this kind of event happening in this area”.
“Quality entertainment – thoroughly enjoyable evening”.
” Great show – great talent, wonderful opportunity to experience locally”.
Members High Tea
The second MAC Inc. event for members a High Tea on June 4th was a great success.
A warm friendly atmosphere, delicious afternoon tea and an art exhibition from the Cobram & District Artists Society allowed MAC Inc. to thank our members for their support.
The second performance in the Café Culture Series.
The first performance in the Café Culture Series captured by Estelle Chalker.
Much Ado About Nothing
Essential Theatre returned to present Much Ado About Nothing at Byramine Homestead.
MAC Inc. 2017 SEASON PREVIEW
Some 60 guests attended the evening to hear about the upcoming 2017 season of MAC Inc.
BACKWARDS & 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.
Budding artists had hands on experience at Art Fest 8th & 9th October 2016.
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.
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.
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.
The first performance in the Café Culture Series was Co-Cheol on Friday 19th February.
ROMEO & JULIET
Moira Arts & Culture presented the Essential Theatre Company production of Romeo & Juliet on Thompsons Beach, Cobram, February 7th
Taliska wowed an appreciative audience at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitors Information Centre on Saturday 5th December.
From much loved Scottish songs and airs to foot-tapping jigs and reels the audience were captivated by the stunning musicianship of Geoff Jones on pipes, whistle and bodhran, Angus Dowling on fiddle, Claire Pattie vocals and harp, accordion, horn, Louise Godwin on cello and Marcus de Rijk vocals and guitar.
NUMURKAH LAKE SCHOOL OF CELTIC MUSIC & DANCE
The second Numurkah Lake School held over the weekend 16 to 18th October proved very successful. Commencing on Friday with workshops then at night with an “Open Mic Night” at the Shamrock Hotel, the workshops continued on Saturday and Sunday. Tutors in guitar, bodhran, banjo, vocals, dance, fiddle and mandolin instructed students, young and old.
Saturday night a “Ceili” provided a fun family night with the “Grand Finale” concert on Sunday showcasing the students and tutors.
Tutors included Felix Meagher – guitar, Leamon Chambers – bodhran, Vince Brophy – banjo, vocals, Marie Broader – Irish set dance, Ewen Baker – fiddle, mandolin and Alan Evans – tin whistle.
Students made progress and enjoyed the weekend, with some returning next year to learn another instrument.
The St Kilda Film Festival, Australia’s longest-standing and publicly owned film festival, hit the road in June and July, visiting 10 regional destinations across Victoria to screen Top 100 highlights. There are 9 regional towns which host the film festival and we were lucky enough to have 2 in Moira, these being Yarroweyah 1 screening on June 29 and 2 screenings at Yarrawonga. Both venues received great responses from the communities with all attending enjoying the events. Our communities were able to experience some of the best talent in Australian filmmaking and Moira Arts and Culture Inc. we’re proud to help facilitate this. By bringing this unique arts and film culture opportunity to Moira. 2015 Program highlight films include: The Wonderful (Winner Best Original Score), A Single Body (Winner Best Short Film), Falling (Winner Best Achievement in Screenplay), The Eagle (Winner Best Original Score), The Story of Percival Pilts (Winner Best Animation), Bunny New Girl (Winner Best Comedy), Something to Crow About, The Fan (Winner Staff Choice Award), Grey Bull (Winner Craft Award). We would like to congratulate Grey bull on winning the Craft Award and all those involved with its production, as it was Filmed in our very own town of Nathalia. Thank you must also go to the Yarroweyah Hall committee and the Yarrawonga / Mulwala golf club for their support of this event.
Performances of “The Anzac on the Wall” came to our Shire on April 22 and 23rd.
Anzac on the Wall told the story of Australian courage in song with humour, poetry and yarns to celebrate the centenary of Gallipoli in 2015.
Presented by TV presenter – turned bush poet, Jim Brown and musician Vince Brophy playing an array of instruments that complimented the poetry and song