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November 2015.

Welcome to the November edition of MAC Inc. E-News.

A bumper edition reporting on activities since our last edition in March, plus exciting news of up and coming activities.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition.

Anzac on the Wall

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.
St Kilda Short Film Festival.
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.
Image from Grey Bull                       Noel Wiltshire & Razor Hicks cast members
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.

Small Grants recipients events.

Katamatite Lions sculpture project.
KATAMATITE is now being watched over by a powerful sculpture of a wedge tail eagle, which was unveiled at the town’s Sculpture by the Creek on Sunday. The inaugural festival, organised by the Katamatite Lions Club, was part of the Big Day Out for a Little Town. Lions club president Rob Peachey said around 1,000 people had turned-out to see more than 50 sculptures and art works on display. The highlight was the unveiling of the $15,000 lifesized welded metal eagle, by Urana artist Andrew Whitehead. “The eagle was chosen to represent the pride, vision and spirit of Katamatite“ Mr Peachey said. “It’s a magnificent feature for the town.” He said the sculpture had already attracted a lot of interest from passers-by, even before it was officially unveiled on the weekend, by Andrew Fairley. The Fairley Foundation had donated $10,000 toward the artwork, and another $2,000 was provided by Moira Shire Arts and Culture Inc.
Andrew Fairley announced ongoing funding of $5000 a year for the next 3 years to maintain the event.
Cobram Rotary Big Band.
The Rotary Club of Cobram's Big Band concert was an outstanding success on Sunday. With perfect weather, about 400 people spent the afternoon listening to the music, dancing and catching up with friends at beautiful Thompsons Beach.

Moira Contemporary Quilters

An exhibition at Yarroweyah Hall on Saturday 31st October.


Barmah Market live band.
Coming events.

December 5th 8pm to 10pm. Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor Information Centre
1 Irvine Parade, Yarrawonga VIC 3730
Playing to sell-out audiences at folk festivals and boutique music venues alike, Taliska are a force to be reckoned with! Taliska captivates audiences with the much loved music of Scotland weaving musical magic through soaring songs and airs, and then enthusiastically roars to life with sprightly, foot-tapping jigs and reels!
The line-up includes the stunning fiddle playing of Angus Downing, the refined playing of Geoff Jones on pipes, whistles and bodhrán, and the stirringly beautiful vocals of Claire Patti, accompanied by her mellifluous harp, French horn & piano accordion playing, and the melodiously mellow sound of the cello from Louise Godwin. Driving this Scottish musical vessel on guitar is Marcus de Rijk whose vocals, both solo and combined in harmony with Claire, rounds out the band’s understated but undeniable depth of musicianship. “Their instrumental brilliance, as well as the gorgeous Celtic vocals, really transported our audience to another time and place…” (Tracy Moore, Wyreena Community Arts Centre). Taliska truly are a class-act you would not want to miss!
Romeo & Juliet
Essential Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel and was founded in 1997.
Since 2003 they have been recognised as a leading national touring theatre company known for its professional and creative presentation of Shakespeare in the Vines, a unique tour of Shakespeare's much loved works to some of Australia's spectacular wineries and gardens.
Their initial aim was to produce theatre that would entertain, inspire and provoke audiences to think in a fresh way about their own lives.

 Summer 2016 will see them revisit one of Shakespeare's most popular and best known love stories, Romeo and Juliet. This tragic tale of forbidden love set against the violence of warring families is by far one of Shakespeare's most popular stories.  
A violent street brawl between rival families the Montague’s and Capulet’s is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another man in marriage, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between the two families.  With its wonderful combination of lyricism, comedy, suspense and drama, Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale is one of the greatest of all love stories.
Essential Theatre will be performing Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet on Thompson’s Beach Cobram on February 7th.
An evening with David Wenham

David Wenham is an Australian actor who has appeared in movies, television series and theatre productions. He is known in Hollywood for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire and Neil Fletcher in Australia. He is also known in his native Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange.
MAC Inc. are negotiating to bring actor David Wenham to Moira Shire.
Justine Clarke.
MAC Inc. are negotiating to bring Justine Clarke to Moira Shire early next year
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,
A popular children's entertainer and presenter on the landmark children's television program Play School
Harmony Day.
Sunday 20th March the Moira Shire Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and Moira Art & Culture will once again partner to present this event in Cobram.
This is a fun day for all the family with activities, entertainment, displays and food.
MAC Inc. is proud to announce that they are bringing Café Culture Series for 2016 to Moira Shire.
Proposed dates are:
Co-Cheol – Friday 18th March
Melbourne Guitar Quartet – Friday 29th April
Lagerphones – August 5th
Backwards and in High Heels – Friday November 4th.
Venues to be advised.
New board members:
MAC Inc welcomed new board members Kathryn Maddox, Mick Logan, and Neeska Robinson
Following the resignations of Janet Tett, Janet Schwartz & Jenny Pickering,
Janet Tett & Janet Schwartz have been board members since inception and we thank them for their contribution to the success of MAC Inc.
Jenny Pickering joined in October 2014 and contributed greatly to the board.

Opening Saturday October 10th, 2pm
Runs until November 28th

Award winning photojournalist for the Shepparton News, Ray Sizer, shares his vision for travel photography as curator of this insightful exhibition. Ray's dynamic images, along side those of other local photographers, tell us the story of journeys from far and wide: in Greenland, Jordan, Italy, Africa, Memphis, New Caledonia and more. This exhibition is a celebration of those adventurous spirits in our community, of the world's wonders through their eyes and of the power of photography as a recorder of experience and teller of stories.
At Benalla Art Gallery we believe everyone has creative potential. To help you discover yours, we’ve set up the Free Art School for adults and teens offering free classes and workshops in drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, jewellery making and much more. 
As part of the Free Art School there are interactive installations, a creative studio and a social space.
No artistic experience is necessary. All classes are designed to teach you new skills and to build your confidence in creative expression. 
Classes are free for Benalla Art Gallery members or at a low cost for non-members. Gallery membership in $30 per year for individuals or $50 for families.
To view the Free Art School timetable click here or view public programs. 
Book early to avoid disappointment on 03 5760 2619. .
Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations.
Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations is a community cultural development partnership between SAM and Gallery Kaiela that provides an opportunity for artists from a diverse range of backgrounds to come together and collaborate in the making of art. The project involves a number of local Indigenous artists partnering with established Melbourne-based contemporary artists, collaborating side-by-side, or in response to each other's practice. The participants include: Jack Anselmi, Eric Brown, Aunty Cynthia Hardy, Eva Ponting and Lyn Thorpe with Naomi Ota, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Vipoo Srivilasa and Joseph L Griffiths. Through the sharing of ideas, narratives and techniques, the artists will engage in an exploration of cultural difference and similarity, conflict and connection, forging relationships in a dialogic exchange that departs from the art-making process. The outcome of these conversations and artistic investigations will be an exhibition at SAM from December 2015.
Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations is showing at SAM from Saturday 21 November 2015 to Sunday 14 February 2016.
Exhibition opening: Friday 27 November 6pm to 8pm

Nathalia Arts Window Exhibition is officially launched on Friday 4th December.
The board members of MAC Inc. wish our many friends a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with great entertainment.
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