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   January 2016.                                          No. 8.

Welcome to the latest edition of MAC Inc. E News.

A bumper issue with plenty of news. Read about our activities since the last newsletter in November, plus news of exciting events coming your way in 2016 with MAC Inc. enriching arts and cultural development within Moira Shire.
This month the E-News, our eighth edition, has a fresh look with upcoming events listed on the first page, plus MAC Inc. mission statement, and information.
Our website at has also been refreshed and updated.

MAC Inc. is looking forward to bringing you and your family great performances and events in 2016.
Check out the upcoming events organised for 2016, with more to come!

We also look forward to bring you news of the events which gained sponsorship through the Small Grants awarded.

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 March..

The Scottish folk group Taliska performed at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitors Information Centre on Saturday 5th December to an appreciative audience.
The group comprising Angus Downing on fiddle, Geoff Jones on pipes, whistles and bodgran, Claire Patti vocals and harp, french horn, and piano accordion, Louise Godwin  cello and Marcus de Rijk vocals and guitar.
Taliska captivated the audience with the much loved Scotish music through soaring songs and airs, and then enthusiastically roared to life with sprightly, foot-tapping jigs and reels.
MAC Inc. thanks the Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitors Information Centre for their support.
Taliska is a forerunner of the Cafe Culture series to be presented in 2016 by MAC Inc.

Claire Patti, Marcus de Rijk, Geoff Jones, Angus Downing and Louise Godwin.

                                              Claire on harp

Geoff on whistle & Angus, Geoff on bodhran & Angus

Geoff on bodhran                     Geoff on pipes

Claire with french horn             Louise on cello


Nathalia Art Windows.

The annual Nathalia Art Windows Exhibition was officially opened on Friday 4th December by Cr. Marie Martin.
With 269 entries, well known Kialla artist Ross Paterson was the judge.
The Barmah Forest Heritage Centre have 90 art works and 26 photos on display, with the other entries are displayed in Blake Street shop windows.





Small Grant Recipients

Bardi Gras Group: Bardi Gras Major Procession Items.
Rotary Club of Numurkah:  36th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition March 2016
Peechelba & District Progress Association Inc.: Peechelba History: In Images and Stitch..
Cobram Harness Racing Club (Auspice for Finley & District Camera Club): Portraiture & iPhone Photographic Workshop.
Goulburn Valley Libraries: Advancing Art in the Library.
Nathalia & District Historical Society: Nathalia's Great War: The Display.
Yarrawonga P-12 Parents & Friends Asoc.: Community Workshop Brings the Lake to the School Project.
GRAIN. Inc.: Moira's Aspiring Artists - Schools Exhibition.

Congratulations to the recipients, we look forward to promoting and reporting your event.

Upcoming Events

MAC Inc. looks forward to bringing you and your family more great performances and events in 2016. With something for everyone, make a note in your diary. Hoping to see you enjoying these events and performances.
Romeo & Juliet

MAC Inc. is proud to welcome the New Year with this professional production of Romeo & Juliet.

On Sunday February 7th 2016 at 7pm   Moira Arts and Culture Inc. (MAC INC) will host the Essential Theatre Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet on the sands of the Murray River at Cobram’s Thompsons beach ( Kennedy Park). Experience Shakespeare as you have never before against the backdrop of the Mighty Murray.
The dynamic creative team is being led by director Mark Wilson and designer Chloe Greaves, and together they will deliver a fresh take on this much loved classic. 
It will be a truthful, fast paced and energetic production.  You will be laughing out loud at the antics of the ever amusing Nurse,  dazzled by the charm of Mercutio, and left with your heart throbbing as the final scenes unfold.
Romeo and Juliet is a deeply moving play, and has been retold for centuries across the globe. The themes of forbidden love, family rivalry, revenge and fate still ripple through contemporary crowds.
Under the setting sun, Essential Theatre will transform Thompsons Beach into the feuding streets of Verona. You are invited to join this timeless tale and be whisked away by the innocent love of these star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
Essential Theatre is celebrating 14 years of Shakespeare in the Vines with Romeo and Juliet.
This is 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
“Under Mark Wilson’s pacey, concise direction, the audience witness the blowing of trumpets, the banging of drums, the singing of songs and a tight,faithful retelling of this glorious masterpiece” The Adelaide Theatre Guide
“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
If Melbourne can have Wind in the Willows in the Botanical Gardens, Moira can have Romeo and Juliet on the sands of the Murray. This will be night to remember so bring along your own Food, Drinks, Chairs, or Picnic rugs and enjoy this wonderful performance. Refreshments will also be available at the Beach Café.  Picnic starts at 5.30pm for a 7pm show start.
Tickets: $30 Full. $20 Conc. All  Bookings at the  Cobram Visitor Information Centre Ph. 58722132
Further information Ph. 0427734972
For more information please contact Moira Arts and Culture Inc.’s Executive Officer Marilyn Gourley on (03) 5871 9279 or email:

Natascha Flowers (Juliet) and George Lingard (Romeo). Photography bt Sarah Walker.

Justine Clarke

MAC Inc. is excited to bring this talented performer 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.[5]

One show only at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Wednesday 24th February 2016 10am for 10.30am.
Tickets $25 or $20 for group bookings of 10 or more.
Venue is the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Willow Room.
Bookings via reception (03) 5744 1911 or

MAC Inc. is pleased to present the
Cafe Culture Series.
Four concerts of outstanding performances.
Escape the ordinary for 4 nights.

The first in the series feature Co-Cheol.

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.
Pre ordered Dinner for each show $30.
Series tickets all 4 concerts for $100.
Season Ticket  for all 4 concerts plus 4 pre ordered Dinners for $220.
Meals will be served from 6pm to be finished by 7.45pm.
Concert commences at 8pm.

CoCheol Friday February 19
Melbourne Guitar Quartet Friday April 29
Lagerphones Friday August 5
Backwards and in High Heels Friday November 4.

The Melbourne Guitar Quartet will be the second concert in the Cafe Culture Series on Friday April 29.


The third concert in the Cafe Culture Series is "Lagerphones" on Friday August 5.

The final concert features Kelly Auty in "Backwards and in High Heels".


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.
Pre ordered Dinner for each show $30.
Series tickets all 4 concerts for $100.
Season Ticket  for all 4 concerts plus 4 pre ordered Dinners for $220.
Meals will be served from 6pm to be finished by 7.45pm.
Concert commences at 8pm.




On Thursday 17th March everything that the Numurkah District has to offer will again be showcased in the Numurkah Town Hall.
Numurkah Rotary has offered to run a BBQ and the Numurkah Town Band will provide musical entertainment. Short presentations from local groups are a possibility, but the main activity will be mingling and meeting people. Something should be available on the night for everyone, including children.
This project was instigated in response to the number of new residents, "old" residents, and those with changed circumstances, who need to know just how much the Numurkah area has to offer.
There are nearly a hundred clubs, groups and organisations in the area. What a spectacle if everyone comes!
For further information contact or phone 586221774 or 0438 621704.


The Moira Harmony Festival is the core multicultural celebration within the Moira Shire for Cultural Diversity Week that celebrates the rich and diverse cultures in the shire. The event aims to promote mutual respect, awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and at the same time foster a sense of belonging and encourage cultural exchanges amongst members of the Moira community.
Featuring multicultural performances, multicultural food stalls, arts and cultural activities for kids and families and a whole range of exhibitions including mini police cars, soccer and footy clinics, etc.
When: Sunday, 20 March 2015 starting at 11am.
Where: St Joseph’s Primary School, Cobram
Funded by the Moira Shire Council Multicultural Advisory Committee and Moira Arts and Culture Inc. Supported by local service clubs and ethnic groups.
For inquiries, please contact Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222.


The G.R.A.I.N. Store is excited to announce their latest exhibition.
The exhibition is entitled Nathalia & District 2015 through the lens – and mainly through the Red Gum Courier. It is a  visual retrospective of the year that was 2015
With active support from Roland and Tracey at the Red Gum Courier many of the images featured in the newspaper over its 25 issues.  Others are images provided by local organisations and community members depicting important milestones or events for their groups, which may have missed the Red Gum.
Typically the New Year is an opportunity for individual reflection. The G.R.A.I.N. Store liked the idea of shared community reflection. And also liked the idea of showing visitors to the district the amazing range of talent and activities that enliven and energise  small communities.
A team of keen U3A photographers in conjunction with G.R.A.I.N. Board members chose the images for the exhibition with more than 80 photos on display. They tried to achieve a spread of organisations, activities and localities, whilst profiling some of the stunning photographic images which find their way into every edition.
The exhibition depicts some of the visual highlights and activities in the district over the last yea




2016 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award

2014 ICAA 1st Prize, Bankstown Koori Elders Group, After The Rain Bungle Bungle, 2013 © the artists, photo by Jamie Durrant.

Applications now open for the 2016 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award.

From Monday 4 January, 2016 Shepparton Art Museum will be accepting applications for the Australian Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) 2016.

This $20,000 acquisitive prize is open to Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to realise at SAM in August 2016. Applications close Tuesday 15 March 2016

Drawing Wall. Until 31st December 2016.

Showcase: Curated bt Bree Claffey, Mr Kitly.
6th February.

Upcoming events include:.

4th February
Lord of the Strings

7th February
 Romeo & Juliet

19th February
Cafe Culture

24th February 
Justine Clark


11th-14 March
Numurkah Rotary Art Show


17th March
Showcase Numurkah


20th March
Harmony Day


29th April
Cafe Culture
Melbourne Guitar Quartet


24th June
St Kilda Film Festival


25th June
St Kilda Film Festival


5th August
Cafe Culture


4th November
Cafe Culture
Backwards and in High Heels


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.

During 2014-15 MAC Inc.’s. activities and programs have provided opportunities for over 205 artists to work in our Shire, 953+ community members the opportunity to participate in skill development and art activities, and over 6309 people the opportunity to have access to, and enjoyment of, arts and cultural activity and programs in Moira Shire.


Postal Address:
 Moira Arts & Culture Inc.
 P.O. Box 109
 COBRAM  Vic.   3644



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