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S & RE T AR LTU S CU ENT EV ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

A world of arts at your door

A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

S & RE T AR LTU S CU ENT EV

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

A world of arts at your door

S & RE T AR LTU S CU ENT EV

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

A world of arts at your door

ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS

MAYOR’S MESSAGE We all have stories to tell, and a desire to hear stories that are different to our own. They may be stories from our past, or those of our ancestors. Cultural activities—be they dance, comedy, drama, music or another art form—give us the opportunity to share, interpret and witness the expression of what it is to be human.

This year, we have a strong focus on creative audience participation, with a number of events presenting and explaining contemporary dance, theatre and world music. There will also be an opportunity for students to talk with the cast of Coranderrk, a work that is listed on the 2017 VCE playlist for Drama and Theatre studies.

This is why arts and cultural activities are important to our society. Our wealth of aboriginal and post-white settlement history and traditions are becoming increasingly important in these times of social and cultural change.

Arts and culture take many forms: this program is only a small window into the ways in which our invited and local artists tell the stories that matter to them, and also to us.

Each year through our annual arts and cultural program, we strive to represent a wide range of stories that reflect the diversity of our community. We seek to complement the artistic talent that exists here in our region with a performing arts program that fosters new and different interpretations and ways of looking at the world.

Outside of this program, we encourage you to seek out opportunities for cultural expression in your local community—for we are blessed to be home to many artists and artistic groups, including writers, musicians, actors, and theatre groups. I and my fellow Councillors encourage you to explore what’s on offer both here and more widely in your community, and I hope that you find a story that resonates with you.

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EVENTS PLANNER

JUNE/JULY 22 Kitty Flanagan: Smashing Friday 2 June, 8pm

24 DYLANesque

Friday 16 June, 11.30am

26 Damien Leith

Saturday 24 June, 8pm

28 Grigoryan Bros

Friday 30 June, 7.30pm

30 The Witches

Saturday 8 July, 10.30am and 1.30pm

MARCH 06 A Candle in the Dark

13–31 March, 10am–3pm weekdays

08 Multicultural Film Festival

Thursday 16, 23 and 30 March, 11am and 1pm

10 Ajak Kwai with friends Friday 17 March, 7.30pm

48 Beyond Borders Exhibition

Friday 3 March–Sunday 2 April

APRIL/MAY 12 Hello, Beautiful!

Friday 7 April, 7.30pm

14 Yana Alana Covered Friday 28 April, 8pm

Tuesday 30 May, 7.30pm

48 A Jane Austen Experience Exhibition

Friday 7 April–Sunday 9 July

49 The Storybook Characters Of Dromkeen

Friday 28 July–Sunday 15 October

Friday 4 August, 11.30am Friday 18 August, 7.30pm

40 The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez Saturday 23 September, 8pm

49 The Storybook Characters Of Dromkeen Friday 28 July–Sunday 15 October

OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER

DECEMBER/ JANUARY 2018

42 Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show

49 Hobby to Hoarding Exhibition

Tuesday 3–Thursday 5 October, 11am

49 The Storybook Characters Of Dromkeen

48 Beyond Borders Exhibition

Friday 28 July, 7.30pm

37 Intimacy

18 Melbourne International Comedy Festival 20 Coranderrk

34 Archè

36 Kings of Croon

44 Make Mama Proud

Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm

Thursday 13 July, 10.30am and 1.30pm

AUGUST/ SEPTEMBER

16 Magic Moments—Burt Bacharach Friday 12 May, 11.30am

32 Wind in the Willows

Friday 27 October–January 2018

Friday 27 October, 11.30am Friday 28 July–Sunday 15 October

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Friday 27 October–January 2018

Friday 3 March–Sunday 2 April

48 A Jane Austen Experience Exhibition Friday 7 April–Sunday 9 July

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A CANDLE IN THE DARK Take a journey to Afghanistan via a mobile exhibition, titled A Candle in the Dark, at the Kyneton Town Hall.

Open weekdays 10am–3pm 13–31 March Official opening Monday 13 March 11am with a talk and exhibition tour

The exhibition includes photos tracing Save the Children’s “Children of Uruzgan” program in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative and insecure provinces. Every year in Uruzgan, about 300 mothers and more than 3,000 children under the age of five die. In A Candle in the Dark, evocative images by Elissa Bogos Mirzaei and Mats Lignell introduce the people who are changing Uruzgan’s future for the better through the Children of Uruzgan program, a partnership between the Australian Government and Save the Children Australia.

Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Tickets Free entry Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

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MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Thursday 16, 23 and 30 March 11am and 1pm screenings Special screenings for school groups by appointment Duration:1 hour Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Free entry Includes access to A Candle in the Dark photographic exhibition, on display in the Kyneton Town Hall from 13 to 31 March Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Sharing stories about migrant experiences. Colourfest’s Multicultural Film Festival showcases the best of migrant and diaspora short films from Australian filmmakers. The selection celebrates Australia’s evolving identity as a nation of diverse faces. The films focus on positive stories of human triumph and evoke a sense of community. This is a unique opportunity to experience beautifully crafted, thoughtprovoking films. Share these stories of struggle and triumph during Cultural Diversity Week from 18 to 26 March.

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AJAK KWAI WITH FRIENDS Friday 17 March, 7.30pm Duration: 2 hours with interval Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Child $15 School Groups $10 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets Workshops Traditional West African cultural workshops in drumming, singing and dancing For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts-workshops

The song woman of South Sudan— stories from the dying Dinka culture. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home and her family. Ajak’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots. Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerised audiences nationally and internationally.

“As soon as Ajak Kwai steps on to the stage she asks the audience ‘Why must we fight? Why can’t we just talk?’ There is some unnameable, powerful force behind African music and Ajak Kwai knows how to deliver it.” James Rudd—Adelaide Fringe Review, 2014

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HELLO, BEAUTIFUL! A funny and personal evening with one of Australia’s best loved playwrights.

Friday 7 April, 7.30pm Duration: 60 minutes, plus post show meet-and-greet Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission

Playwright and author Hannie Rayson comes to the Kyneton Town Hall to share selected stories from her acclaimed book Hello, Beautiful! Rayson presents a sublime piece of comic storytelling from an adventurous life spiced with wit, tenderness, social observation and intimacy. She takes you from the East Brighton of her childhood to the treacheries of Hollywood, from share-houses in Fitzroy to the beauties of rural Australia.

Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+: $40 Child $15 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

“Personal, truthful, tender and hilarious.” ECHO Netdaily

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YANA ALANA COVERED Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Cabaret seating Strong language Recommended for 15+ Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

A spectacular night of cabaret. In the past, audiences have witnessed Yana Alana nude, rude and lewd in Australia’s premier cabaret festivals. In a risqué act of defiance this drag bouffant diva will appear on stage with her all female band fully clothed, singing other people’s songs. With a set list from artists such as Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Shirley Bassey and Joy Division there is certainly going to be something here for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this Helpmann and ten-time Green Room awardwinning star of the night completely covered!

“I don’t care who you are; but I promise you will love this show. Take your dad, take your girlfriend, hell, take your grandma. You don’t want to miss it.” Planet Arts Melbourne ★★★★★

EDGY CABARET

“Yana Alana is without a doubt the first lady of cabaret. Outlandish, bawdy and slightly unhinged, she is worthy of cult status.” Melbourne Observer

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PHOTO: PETER LESLIE

Friday 28 April Bar opens from 7pm Performance starts 8pm


MAGIC MOMENTS Friday 12 May,11.30am Duration: 90 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Flat Floor Seating Complimentary morning tea from 10.30am Tickets Full $25 Seniors $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

The life and songs of Burt Bacharach. American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer Burt Bacharach was prolific. Testimony to his talent are not only his six Grammy and three Academy Awards, but the list of stars who recorded his songs. This performance will feature over 22 of his most popular hits, such as I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, I Say A Little Prayer, That’s What Friends Are For, Close To You, What The World Needs Now...and more. Such variety in style, tempo and subject is the trademark of Bacharach, with top musicians on tenor saxophone, piano and drums, and specialist singers in the Bacharach style.

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L E A N N R O U 7 I 1 BO AT 0 2 EL RN M TE EDY L IN OM IVA OW C EST SH F OAD R

Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes with interval Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. Recommended for 15+ years Tickets Full $45 Senior $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to home-deliver us the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! Featuring an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers, we’ve got all your comedy bases covered. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into Kyneton!

“…laughs are guaranteed.” Australian Stage

“…brought the house down with outrageous comedy and tongue-in-cheek jokes.”

PHOTO: JIM LEE

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CORANDERRK Tuesday 30 May, 7.30pm Duration: 70 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Child $15 School groups $10 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

PHOTO: TYSON MOWARIN

Workshops There are information sessions and teacher resource kits associated with this performance. For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts-workshops

A definitive story from our neglected Indigenous history. This special production by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company pays tribute to the resilience and adaptability of a people who rose to a challenge despite the odds, appropriating the power of the written word to make their own voices ring loud and clear. Coranderrk recreates the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881, where the men and women of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve went head-to-head with the Aboriginal Protection Board. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences should be aware that this production contains images of deceased persons. It deals with real historical issues. The performers are all Indigenous Australians.

“It is honest, open, raw, emotional, poignant, true. There is a strong spirit in Coranderrk. And to sit in a crowded darkened theatre and witness it, is a truly humbling experience.” The Spell of Waking Hours

“What ILBIJERRI is able to take from this painful history is a story of resistance and of strength. ” The Age

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KITTY FLANAGAN: SMASHING Friday 2 June, 8pm Duration: 85 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Warning: Performance contains adult themes. Recommended for 15+ years Tickets Full $54.90 Senior $49.90 Concession $49.90 Group 10+ $49.90 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Love songs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting “smashed”. Join Kitty Flanagan for a performance of her brand new show, SMASHING! Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanaganstyle education.

“...layer upon layer of magic, making this show a joyful, side-splitting wonder. Herald Sun Melbourne Presented by A-List Entertainment

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DYLANESQUE

A POWERFUL MUSICAL JOURNEY OF THE 20TH CENTURY Friday 16 June, 11.30am Duration: 1 hour Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Flat Floor Seating Complimentary morning tea from 10.30am Tickets Full $25 Seniors $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Folk singer, rebel, beat poet, rock star. Bob Dylan changed music forever when he burst onto the Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s. DYLANesque pays tribute to his extraordinary life, the times and his music, as singer Jeff Jenkins cleverly intersperses stories of key moments from Bob’s life, with a spellbinding performance of more than 30 of Dylan’s finest songs. Together with his electrifying 4-piece band, the audience will be stunned by this powerful homage to one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.

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DAMIEN LEITH THE HALL OF FAME TOUR Saturday 24 June, 8pm Duration: 2 hours with interval Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full: $60 Concession: $55 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Revisiting the music of Roy Orbison. Revered singer-songwriter Damien Leith has a new show featuring the music of his idol—Roy Orbison. After successful seasons in metropolitan venues, Damien has reworked this production to facilitate a huge regional tour. His voice is arguably the perfect choice to revisit the beautiful lyrics and melodies from the Roy Orbison repertoire. Damien will be doing one night only in Kyneton. Whether you are a Leith or Orbison fan, this performance is going to be memorable, so book early. Presented by the Harbour Agency

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GRIGORYAN BROTHERS Friday 30 June, 7.30pm Duration: 110 minutes with interval Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Child $15 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

It’s not classical, not jazz, not world....it’s the Grigoryan Brothers. Performing works from their latest release, The Grigoryan Brothers return to their classical repertoire. Regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo, they are expanding their horizons with new masterful arrangements of Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce. Experience a unique mix of virtuosity, repertoire and improvisations performed on guitar. Their last visit sold out, so don’t miss this chance to see Slava and Leonard.

“The audience feedback from their last visit demanded we bring them back.” Robyn Till, Coordinator Arts & Culture, Macedon Ranges Shire Council

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THE WITCHES Saturday 8 July 10.30am and 1.30pm Duration: 60 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $25 Seniors $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17 Child $15 Family (4 tickets) $68 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Roald Dahl re-imagined! When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world—by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process. Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage in this mind-boggling and madcap one-man show.

“Performed by a single actor…who shifts from character to character without drawing breath, this interpretation of Dahl’s scariest tale is full of life, physical movement, mischief and even audience interaction as people are singled out for witchery.” Helen Musa, City News

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WIND IN THE WILLOWS Thursday 13 July 10am and 1.30pm Duration: 65 minutes

Every generation deserves to enjoy this story!

Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission

The whole family will love this brand new, one-man adaptation of a charming classic tale starring Shaka Cook (Jasper Jones). Kenneth Grahame’s rollicking tale of four woodland creatures is one of the true enduring classics of children’s literature, and writer/director team Maxine Mellor and Kat Henry have given it a fresh coat of paint. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the incorrigible Mr. Toad on their journeys, trials and misadventures around the river, the Wild Woods and beyond.

Tickets Full $25 Seniors $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17 Child $15 Family (4 tickets) $68 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

“The adults were having just as much fun as the kids.” Aussie Theatre

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MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY Friday 28 July, 7.30pm Duration: 80 minutes with interval Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Child $15 School groups $10 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

Archè is an original ballet taking inspiration from the age-old classic Swan Lake. The Melbourne Ballet Company has established its own unique style of ballet—setting out to be both innovative and accessible, while also fully acknowledging classical technique. This emotionally-charged production has received extremely positive critical acclaim and is suitable for audiences everywhere.

“Exquisite is the only word to describe Melbourne Ballet Company’s latest production, Archè!” The Melbourne Observer

“Ballet fanatics or not, this piece would suit all audiences. A stunning performance by all.” Dancetrain

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Workshops The Melbourne Ballet Company is offering master classes with the tour of Archè. For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts-workshops

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KINGS OF CROON Friday 4 August, 11.30am Duration: 90 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Flat Floor Seating Complimentary morning tea from 10.30am Tickets Full $25 Senior $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17 Child $15

Three tuxedo-clad crooners bringing back the classics. Stars of screen and stage Scott Irwin, Dennis Metzger and Ian Stenlake move seamlessly through a repertoire that ranges from Sinatra’s Mack the Knife to Adele’s Someone Like You. The Kings of Croon will entertain and amaze with their playful antics and superb voices.

Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

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INTIMACY Friday 18 August, 7.30pm Duration: 70 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Child $15 School groups $10 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets Workshops The award-winning Ranters Theatre is offering creative workshops with the tour of Intimacy. For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts-workshops

Dealing with the complexities of human behaviour. Based on a series of real, intimate and diverse conversations with strangers, Intimacy gives a candid and sometimes disquieting portrait of everyday life where personal anxieties are never far from the surface. How much of ourselves are we prepared to show? Why is it sometimes easier to be honest with a total stranger than with someone we know? Is this really honesty or just another performance?

“A presentation of such a high standard, both psychologically and theatrically. With depth and subtle manner of acting rarely seen…” Noorderzon Theatre Blog

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THE EXOTIC LIVES OF

LOLA MONTEZ Saturday 23 September Bar open from 7pm Performance starts 8pm Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Cabaret tables Tickets Full $45 Seniors $42 Concession $40 Groups 8+ $40 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century toured Australia and its goldfields—the scandal is legend. From Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith [Cabaret Burlesque] 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, and escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. She was showered with gold nuggets and insults, and swathed in scandal. With only one performance you will need to book early! In 1855, the Sydney Morning Herald said her erotic Spider Dance was:

“the most libertinish and indelicate performance ever to be seen on the public stage.” “An exhilarating, anarchically erotic celebration of performance.”

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MR SNOT BOTTOM’S STINKY SILLY SHOW Tuesday 3 October, 11am Wednesday 4 October,11am Thursday 5 October, 11am Duration: 1 hour Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street General admission Tickets Full $25 Senior $22 Concession $20 Group 8+ $17 Child (U15) $15 Family (4 tickets) $68 Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

A comedy for kids! Mr Snot Bottom is a deeeesgusting kid’s comedian brimming with all the gooey, smelly and yucky topics kids love: boogers, pop-offs and smells! Be repulsed by horrible stories, gross gags and just wrong routines in this rollercoaster of weirdness that is perfect for strange kids and their even stranger parents! With sold out shows and rave reviews at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival & Edinburgh Fringe, Mr Snot Bottom appeals to all ages, transporting families to a crazy, joyous world guaranteed to make them groan, gasp and howl with delight!

“Hilarious and clever... he’ll have your little ones in a laughing frenzy.” RIP IT UP

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MAKE MAMA PROUD Friday 27 October, 11.30am Duration: 75 minutes Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison Street Flat Floor Seating Complimentary morning tea from 10.30am Tickets Full $25 Seniors $22 Concession $20 Groups 8+ $17

A musical journey through the life of Liza Minnelli. Explore the life, music and fashion of Hollywood’s favourite daughter. Together with band and dancers, Aurora MacKrill—who has an uncanny resemblance to Liza—portrays what Liza had to offer to her fans. A fun-packed, sing-along show and an accurate account of a girl who wanted to make her “mama proud.”

Book now 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets

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Kyneton Museum 67 Piper Street Open Friday to Sunday 11am–4pm School and touring groups by appointment Entry fees apply More info 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/museum

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Immerse yourself in a bygone era at the former home of a Bank Manager and his family, circa 1856. Located inside the original Bank of New South Wales, the Kyneton Museum portrays the life of a bank manager and his family from the 1850s. Walk through the dining room, bedrooms and parlour and see the exquisite textiles, furniture and personal effects of the period. Explore the grounds, including the building’s original kitchen, servants’ quarters, laundry and stables. The proclamation of the State of Victoria was in 1851, just after gold was discovered right across the region. Traders emerged to supply the needs of the goldfields and established themselves in this productive agricultural land. Kyneton was thriving so business in the bank was good. In addition to the original buildings are sheds that house historic transport and farm machinery collections, and Theaden Cottage, an example of 19th century colonial architecture that was relocated to the Museum in the 1970s. The Cottage depicts the life of early settlers—the very people who would have borrowed and banked with the Bank of New South Wales. The original banking chamber is now the Museum’s temporary exhibition space. See over for details of four exhibitions being hosted at the Museum in 2017. 47


BEYOND BORDERS

THE STORYBOOK CHARACTERS OF DROMKEEN

Friday 3 March to Sunday 2 April

Torn between two cultures.

A CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK EVENT

Friday 28 July to Sunday 15 October

Photographs and multimedia that explore the experiences of refugees coming from Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Jordan, Columbia, Iran and Somalia. Their stories cover themes such as universal parenting, the longing for loved ones separated by displacement or death, and using sport to build confidence in young people. This exhibition is the culmination of work from a group of 40 photographers known as the Many Australian Photographers Group (MAPgroup), who share a passion for quality independent documentary photography.

It’s storytime at the museum! Explore Dromkeen Homestead’s wonderful collection of original Australian children’s picture book illustrations. From lovable possums, dirty dinosaurs, cheeky tom cats and slobbering gorillas, your heart will be captivated by these marvellous characters created by Australian authors and illustrators.

HOBBY TO HOARDING Friday 27 October to January 2018

From the mundane to the exotic.

BE PERSUADED: A JANE AUSTEN EXPERIENCE

We are all collectors, whether it be of shoes, books or fishing rods. It could be an investment, a hobby or it’s just too good a bargain to leave in the shop. Our collections convey to others something about who we are—as we store, display and use our assembled objects. This exhibition is a collaboration with the Kyneton Historical Society, whose members will share with us some of their collections.

Friday 7 April to Sunday 9 July

Fashions from the time of Jane Austen. A rare and wonderful exhibition bringing Jane Austen to life in the original fashion of the era. Be Persuaded follows Jane’s life from growing up in the 18th century into the era most associated with her—the Regency era, at the beginning of the 19th century. The exhibition features rare fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century through to the 1840s when Jane’s beloved sister Cassandra died. Pieces such as these are rarely on display outside of major museums—an 18th century silk gown, diaphanous Empire line frocks, boots, bonnets, parasols and more. This exhibition is from the collection of Dressing Australia Museum of Costume. 48

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Kyneton Museum 67 Piper Street Open Friday to Sunday 11am–4pm School and touring groups by appointment Entry fees apply More info 1300 888 802 mrsc.vic.gov.au/museum


TOO MANY MIRANDAS

THE WHEELER CENTRE

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. To celebrate the occasion, the community will be invited to join in the creation of a special public dance event at Hanging Rock called Too Many Mirandas.

The Wheeler Centre is the world’s first dedicated centre for books, writing and ideas. It is a focal point for the rich and diverse literary culture of Melbourne and Victoria; a physical hub of activity and the curators of a year-round public conversation programme.

The project will start with a series of dance workshops across the shire, open to all members of the community. It will engage artists to create a musical score, develop the choreography and then teach the dance moves to community participants. These workshops will culminate in a public ‘mass dance’ event, where everyone can dress up in Miranda outfits, join in the fun and share a picnic at Hanging Rock.

In 2017, the Wheeler Centre is partnering with Macedon Ranges Shire Council to present a small selection of its programme at the Kyneton Town Hall. To find out more—and to stay up-to-date with Wheeler Centre podcasts, event videos and articles—visit wheelercentre.com and subscribe to the Wheeler Weekly.

If you want to stay up-to-date with Too Many Mirandas, follow the #toomanymirandas hashtag, like the Macedon Ranges Arts & Culture Facebook page or subscribe to our e-newsletter (see page 52 for details). Use the hashtag to share your stories or images about your experiences or memories of Miranda, the 1975 Peter Weir film or your visits to Hanging Rock.

For more information about this event, like the Macedon Ranges Arts & Culture Facebook page, sign up to our e-newsletter or go to mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts-workshops

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PATRON INFORMATION

VENUE HIRE

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Kyneton Town Hall The Kyneton Town Hall is the premier performance space in the Macedon Ranges, complete with a commercial kitchen, up-to-date AV and lighting equipment, fully appointed stage, dressing room, foyer and bar facilities. Theatre seating is for 400, or round table function seating is for 200. mrsc.vic.gov.au/town-hall

How to buy tickets See how to purchase tickets on page 55. Parking Parking at the Kyneton Town Hall is free, with all day parking available at the rear of the venue that includes three accessible car parks. More on-street parking is available in Hutton Street. Bus parking can be reserved through our Box Office prior to the show.

Online at mrsc.vic.gov.au/arts Call 1300 888 802 MacedonRangesArtsCulture

Group and package bookings These bookings must be purchased in one transaction and can be arranged by contacting our Box Office directly.

Concessions Concession priced tickets are available to Pension and Health Care Card holders, carers and full-time students. We are proud to be affiliated with the Companion Card Program. Senior tickets are available to Seniors Card holders over the age of 60. Children’s tickets apply to those aged between 2 and 15. Children under 2 years do not require a ticket providing they sit on an adult’s knee.

Refund and exchanges Please purchase your tickets carefully; there is no refund or exchange on tickets sold except as provided under the Live Performance Australia – Ticketing Code of Practice. Additional conditions of sale are noted on the reverse of the tickets. All abilities access The Kyneton Town Hall has wheelchair accessible seats, accessible toilets, hearing loops and front row seats available for people who are blind or have low vision and their companions. Please discuss your access needs at the time of booking.

Foyer bar The Town Hall Foyer Bar operates under a Limited Liquor License. The bar sells drinks and refreshments from regional producers before and after most evening shows and during interval. BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Kyneton Mechanics Institute The Kyneton Mechanics Institute is a community space suited to exhibitions, theatre, business and private functions and features heritage décor. The facility offers small and large meeting/workshop rooms, a commercial kitchen and a main hall complete with stage and flexible seating for up to 200. mrsc.vic.gov.au/kmi Red Brick Hall Suitable for workshops, meetings and small events. mrsc.vic.gov.au/red-brick

Kyneton Town Hall

Kyneton Mechanics Institute

Bluestone Theatre Recently refurbished, the Bluestone Theatre features a stage, dressing room facilities, and basic technical equipment. A raked seating bank seats 100 or flat floor seating can also be configured. mrsc.vic.gov.au/bluestone-theatre Red Brick Hall

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EVENT SUPPORTERS

BUY TICKETS Online: mrsc.vic.gov.au/buytickets By phone: 1300 888 802 (8.30am–3pm, Monday to Friday) In person: Council Customer Service Centres Kyneton:129 Mollison Street Romsey: 96–100 Main Street Gisborne: 40 Robertson Street Woodend: Cnr Forest and High streets

Thank you to the organisations and businesses that have brought these shows, exhibitions and events to our shire.

At the door: Box Office opens one hour prior to performances.

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& E S R T U R A LT S U T C EN V E A world of arts at your door

2017 Arts & Culture events program  

Check out what's on at Kyneton Town Hall and Kyneton Museum this year in the 2017 Arts & Culture brochure.

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