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Moira Arts & Culture Inc. (MAC 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.
MAC Inc. is proudly sponsored by Moira Shire Council.
December 2016                   No.14

Welcome to the latest edition of MAC Inc. E-NEWS.

MAC Inc. invite you to be our guest at a special preview function. This is our opportunity to personally share the 2017 season with you.
Join us for drinks and nibbles on Thursday 12th January. Details below.

Great news, essential Theatre are returning, after an acclaimed presentation of "Romeo & Juliet" on Thompsons Beach, to present "Much Ado About Nothing" at Byramine Homestead on February 5th.

The Cafe Culture Series returns in 2017 with another four outstanding performances.

The Rotary Club of Cobram present their re-scheduled Big Band Concert on Sunday 19th February.

The E-News has reports on activities since our last E-News in October.
MAC Inc. presented "Art Feast" in October and in November "Backward And In High Heels" the final performance in the Cafe Culture Series for 2016.
The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia presented  Rod Quantock on Wednesday 26th October and Eric Bogle on Thursday 24th November.
Allegro Theatre presented "Keeping Mum".in September.

October 15th & 16th October the Numurkah Foodbowl Festival was held. MAC Inc, was a proud sponsor.
The Cobram Agricultural Show was held on 22-23rd October, and MAC Inc. were pleased to sponsor an award in the art section.

Any organisation wishing to list and promote their events are encouraged to contact MAC Inc. via email:

E-News will be published bi-monthly with our next edition due in February.

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Upcoming Events
12th January
Special Preview of 2017 Season
Killara House
25th-29th January
Pop Up Cinema
5th February
Much Ado About Nothing
Byramine Homestead.
10th February
Cafe Culture Series
19th February
Big Band Concert
Rotary Club of Cobram.
10th-13th March
Rotary Club of Numurkah
37th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
19th May
Cafe Culture Series
Bush Gogthic
St Kilda Film Festival
10th August
Exotic Lives of Lola Montez
11th August
Cafe Culture Series
I Viaggiatori
24 November
Cafe Culture Series
MAC Inc. News.
MAC Inc. thank our many supporters for their attendance at our functions during the year. We hope you enjoyed your experience.
MAC Inc. would like to wish the compliments of the season to all our E-NEWS subscribers, wishing you not only a healthy and prosperous New Year, but an enriching year as you enjoy our events and activities.

Mac Inc. will host a special preview function for our upcoming 2017 season at our home, Killara House Cobram, on 12th January.
Join us for drinks and nibbles as we share the exciting 2017 program with you.
Mac Inc Membership Program will be launched and you can be the first to learn the benefits of being a member of MAC Inc.
View the photographic display of Lachie Brown, award winning photographer.
Local musician Simon Marks will provide musical entertainment.
This a free event but registration is essential for catering.
Details below.

MAC Inc. has negotiated with Moira Shire to lease Killara House as a home for MAC Inc.
Situated between the Scout Hall and Guide Hall in the Cobram Showgrounds precinct, Killara House will be the home of MAC Inc.used for meetings, workshops,performances and functions.
Killara House will also be available for hire by other organisations.

MAC Inc is developing a Membership Program to be launched at the Special Preview Function on     
Membership will entitle members to attend special members social events plus a discount on the price of admission to our performances.
Full details to be revealed at our Special Preview Function..

Next year promises to be another exciting year for MAC Inc.
Already announced is the Essential Theatres production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on Sunday 5th February, in a new scenic venue.

Cafe Culture will return in 2017 bringing another outstanding four performances by Bush Gothic, Flamenco, I Viggiattori and The Wikimen.

St Kilda Film Festival will return in June.

In conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, MAC Inc. will present 'The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez" by Finucane & Smith on Thursday 10th August.

MAC Inc. will continue to sponsor arts exhibitions and performances throughout 2017.
MAC Inc. Events for January - February
MAC Inc. Special Preview Function.
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.

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 clicking the Registration button.

Register Now

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.

Essential Theatre are so very proud to be celebrating 15 years of producing
“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, MAC Inc. and Essential Theatre invites you to relax in the picturesque gardens of Byramine Homestead and join in the delight of this colourful and charming comedy that is Much Ado About Nothing.

Essential Theatre

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.

Recent reviews
“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
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 Series

The very successful Cafe Culture series will return in 2017 with four outstanding performances.

February 10th
Sonidos Flamencos

Choreographer and dancer Tomas Arroquero seeks to stretch the boundaries of the flamenco form in his new work “Sonidos Flamencos” that explores sound, image and setting to capture an elastic new essence of the Flamenco experience. A flamenco feast complete with male and female flamenco dancers, singer and accompanied on guitar.

May 19th
Bush Gothic

Winner of prestigious Golden Fiddle Award, Jenny Thomas, in her trio “Bush Gothic” reclaim lost Australian cultural territory by re-telling tales of Australia’s dark history with very original, haunting and musically inventive arrangements of early Australian songs. Stories of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation are dragged out of the songbooks, ripped apart and lovingly put back together, as a reminder that our history never leaves us.

August 11th
Dall'Italia All'Australia
(From Italy to Australia)
Italian film director Angelo Drovetti’s 1924 silent film Dall'Italia All'Australia (From Italy to Australia) screened with a live music accompaniment provided by 4 piece band “I Viaggiatori” (The Voyagers). The work is regarded by many as the most comprehensive film ever made of a migrant voyage. It chronicles the voyage of the passenger steam ship Regina d’Italia (Queen of Italy) during an epic 8,000-nautical-mile, seven-week world odyssey from Genoa to Australia, by way of Egypt and Sri Lanka. The film features fascinating footage of each port and city including Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

November 24th
The Wikimen

The series crescendos with the upbeat, fun and light hearted band “The Wikimen” who have extraordinarily vaste styles of music in their huge repertoire. Expect to hear Hawaiian blues, pop, samba, Western Swing, even Mills Brothers’ songs complete with heavenly harmonies and exotica music for your listening and dancing pleasures.

Bookings are now open;
Season tickets for all 4 shows $120 (save $20)
Season tickets for MAC Inc. Members $110

Single shows $35 MAC Inc. Members $30.
Click on the link below to make your booking.

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Reports on events since last issue of   E-News.
Art Fest
A weekend of hands on art and craft workshops was held 8th & 9th October at the Cobram Showgrounds.
Many participants enrolled in workshops from painting, drawing, metal sculpture, mosaics, clay, lead lighting, garden art, bobbin lace, parch work, smithying and more.
Thanks to the tutors and Karyn Day for organising such a wonderful event, no doubt to be repeated. 






Backwards and in High Heels.
The Cafe Culture Series for 2016 concluded with "Backwards and in High Heels" at the Cobram Italian Social Club on Friday 4th November..

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.



G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia.
The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia featured Rod Quantock on 26th October.


Eric Bogle was featured in a concert on Thursday 24th November.    
Storyteller, humorist, songwriter, singer Eric delighted a sell-out crowd. 
Congratulations G.R.A.I.N. Store for bringing Eric to Moira Shire.
Eric centre with John Munro right and Peter Titchener left.
Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
The Numurkah Foodbowl festival held on 14th to 16th October attracted excellent crowds to a variety of attractions.
MAC Inc. was a proud sponsor of the festival.



Allegro Theatre.
Allegro Theatre presented "Keeping Mum" in September.
Audiences at the performances of "Keeping Mum" enjoyed the clever dialogue so well presented by the entire cast. Each of the five shows was enthusiastically greeted with much laughter and applause.

The Allegro Theatre Company is pleased to announce its next show as "Stuart Little".

The performances will be held at the beginning of June 2017, and the production is to be directed by Colette Quin. Colette is well known to Allegro audiences, her most recent appearance in Yarrawonga being as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2012. She was also co-director of the very successful 2010 production of Witches

Movies at Numurkah
Numurkah has a proud and strong history of cinema. The Town Hall and the "Tin Shed," saw many patrons enjoying the blockbusters of the day. Outdoor movies were screened on the site of the Senior's Hub. There was a great feeling of community connectivity.

Movies engage with our emotions, they can entertain, transport us to another place and another time. They can educate us, and provide great points for discussion. Film is an art form that can be appreciated by all age groups and abilities. All of these attributes can provide the opportunity to re-ignite this form of connection with the community.

"Movies at Numurkah” is a not for profit organisation and will be funded by memberships that will allow copyright obligations to be met. Eleven movies will be screened over the course of a year. Join us in bringing movies "back to town."

The first official film society movie on 26th November."The Last Cab to Darwin" followed by a delicious supper.

Upcoming Events.
Cobram Rotary Big Band Concert

BIG BAND DATE CHANGED - again! The Rathdowne Street Big Band will now perform at Thompsons Beach, Cobram on Sunday February 19, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm. 

Tickets are $25 each for pre-event sales or $30 at the gate. Table bookings of 10 at $30 each. BYO food, drink, chairs, rug etc.

Sponsorships - $2,000 includes 2 tables of 10 or $1,000 includes 1 table of 10 2 complimentary bottles of wine and recognition on all marketing material.

Bookings Neil Kerr First National, 44 Punt Rd, Cobram Ph 03 5872 1255 email

In aid of aged care facility 'Ottrey Lodge' renovations and rebuild project.

Sponsored by Cobram Rotary Club Inc, Moira Arts and Culture Inc, RJ Cornish & Co, Neil Kerr First National Real Estate, Cobram Irrigation, Andrew Goldman Excavations


Simon Marks.
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.
(*with special guest for selected shows)
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
write 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. 



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Exotic Lives 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.


The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez
Finucane & Smith   
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.
Coming to Thompson's Beach Cobram 25th to 29th January 2017..
Brought to you by FReeZA, MAC Inc. and Moira Tourism.


 The Salon: Benalla Art Gallery Collection    3rd October to 11th December 2016


The Salon presents an extensive experience of the Benalla Art Gallery collection. Hundreds of works from the Collection, including paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts and furniture, will be displayed in a 19th century salon style.


Colour Light Life           15th October to 11th December


Simpson Gallery

Jennifer Paull’s paintings speak about the beauty that exists in the play of light and colour. Her dramatic images of people, places and objects are rendered in rich colours which vibrate with luminosity and movement.

Image: Jennifer Paull, Oriental pots, 2016

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until 3 Feb 2018



Until 29 Jan 2017

Andrei Davidoff is a Melbourne-based ceramicist known for his commercial domestic ware and installation based practise.

In this new body of work, Davidoff experiments with scale, technique and context.

SAM Local. Spotlight

Each year SAM goes local across December and January, spotlighting the practice of local artists with three exhibitions.


Shepparton Art Museum is pleased to announce the artist showcased in this December’s local spotlight exhibition is Echuca-based, Tarli Bird.     

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017


SAM Local. VCE Art and Studio Arts Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of students from Year 11 and Year 12 VCE Art and Studio Arts in the Goulburn Valley region. The exhibition features selected artworks that demonstrate a variety of approaches, with high level skills in relation to the exploration of subject matter, use of medium and experimentation.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017


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