Moira Arts & Culture Inc. Enriching Arts & Culture.
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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.
October 2016                   No.13

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

MAC Inc. presents an ART FEST on the weekend of 8th to 9th October.
 A series of hands on workshops will be offered include metal sculpture, oil painting, acyrlic painting, mosaics, floral arranging, wood turning, card making, felting, clay work and so much more.
Venue Killara House and Cobram Showgrounds.

The E-News has reports on activities since our last E-News in August.
MAC Inc. presented "The Lagerphones" as part of the Cafe Culture Series in August,  the G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia presented the Orchestra Victoria Quartet in August, and Neil Murray in September. Across the Arts in Yarrawonga presented a Literary Lunch, and Allegra Theatre presented "Keeping Mum".

Looking ahead Soroptimist International Cobram Barooga presents High Tea and Batavia Pearls on October 8th, the Numurkah Foodbowl Festival is coming our way on 15 - 16 October.  G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia presents Rod Quantock and on 30th October the Rotary Club of Cobram have scheduled another Big Band Concert.
Barmah Forest Heritage Centre has an exhibition "Rust", until 2nd November.

On 4th November the final performance in the Cafe Culture Series ''Backward and in High Heels" will be presented at the Cobram Italian Social Club.

On 24th November G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia presents Eric Bogle.

Great news just in, Essential Theatre will return next year to present their production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
Lots more fabulous performances for the rest of 2016 and great plans for 2017.

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 December.

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Upcoming Events
8th & 9th October
Art Fest
8th October
High Tea and Batavia Pearls
Oct. to 2 Nov.
Barmah Forest Heritage Centre
October 15 -16th
Numurkah Foodbowl Festival
26th October
Rod Quantock
G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia
30th October
Big Band
Rotary Club of Cobram
4th November
Cafe Culture
Backwards and in High Heels.
Cobram Italian Social Club
24th November
Eric Bogle
G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia
5th February 2017
Essential Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing
MAC Inc. News.
Mac Inc. have entered into a new three year sponsorship agreement with Moira Shire Council.
The agreement requires MAC Inc. to undertake the development of arts and culture throughout the municipality of Moira Shire Council by the coordinated provision of arts and cultural initiatives, workshops and programs.

MAC Inc. is negotiating 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 and performances.
Killara House will also be available for hire by other organisations.

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

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.
Details soon.

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 October/November
MAC Inc. Art Fest
MAC Inc  Art Fest
 - It's all about creating
Saturday 8th Oct & Sun 9th Oct
 A series of hands on workshops will be offered include metal sculpture, oil painting,, acyrilic painting, mosaics, floral arranging, wood turning, card making, felting, clay work and so much more..
Killara House and Cobram Showgrounds.

Cafe Culture Series.


Kelly Auty delivers a dynamic set of Blues, Gospel, RandB, Soul, Rock, Country, French Chanson and Jazz to delight fans.

Renowned for her passionate exhilarating performances she leaves audiences wanting more as she sings favorites from such greats as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Eartha Kitt, Edith Piaf, Peggy Lee, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Eva Cassidy and Aretha Franklin.  

Kelly has sung supports for Janis Ian, The Drifters, Jose Feliciano and The Platters and has graced the stage at many festivals throughout Australia. Kelly has produced 8 independent CDs. 2013 saw the launch of her latest offering of original songs "Falling For You"

She’s a dynamo, recognised as a great vocalist and inspiring performer she delivers outstanding shows in her distinctive style. Fun and fabulous, one not to miss.

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.
Meals will be served from 6pm to be finished by 7.45pm.
Concert commences at 8pm.
Dinners must be pre booked.

You can also book online by clicking on the link or typing in into your web browser.

Escape the ordinary for one night with the final performance in the Cafe Culture Series. Make your experience memorable commencing with a delicious meal from The Butlers Pantry then enjoy the superb performances.

The Butlers Pantry are the caterers for the Cafe Culture Series Dinner Packages.
For Backwards and in High Heels Chef Adam thinks it would be nice to finish with something a little bit more formal. Canapes on arrival and then salmon fillet with asparagus, cherry tomato and candied beetroot drizzled with an orange buerre blanc. As an alternative for those that don't like fish a roasted rack of lamb with pomme dauphine, honeyed carrots and pea puree with red wine jus.
Drinks are available from the Cobram Italian Social Club bar.
Dinner packages are available when booking tickets at the Cobram Information Centre at a cost of $30. Dinners must be pre-booked.
Treat yourself to a great night out on November 4th starting with a dinner followed by the performance.

Chef Adam
Reports on events since last issue of E-News.
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.





Across the Arts Literary Lunch
Across the Arts Literary Lunch on 3rd September at Club Mulwala attended by 80 interested people to hear from Lizzie Rose author of "A Kink in my Armour"


G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia.
The G.R.A.I.N. Store Nathalia hosted the Orchestra Victoria string quartet on Saturday 27th August..

Yi Wang, Violin
Tomomi Brennan, Violin
Jason Bunn, Viola
Melissa Chominsky, Violoncello
  The program included Bach, Mozart, Sculthorpe, Haydn and Debussy.
With a change of pace The G.R.A.I.N. Store presented Neil Murray on 4th September.
A capacity audience was treated to the stirring Australian music of talented singer/songwriter Neil Murray, accompanied by a "master of multiple instruments" Damien Neil.


Barmah Forest Heritage Centre

Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre  hosted an exhibition of the history of charcoal burning . Three families, renowned for their knowledge and experience in Charcoal Burning tell their stories in photos and text.



The incredibly talented Joan Harding launched a book at the Barmah Forest Heritage Centre.. Entitled "Botanica Nathalia", this is a wonderful collection of Joan's watercolours which have been selected and printed on the finest paper, to create a hard cover book to treasure.

Upcoming Events.
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.


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, Essential Theatre invites you to relax in the grounds of (insert winery name) 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


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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The 2016 Food Bowl Festival is a weekend of events for everyone. Come and enjoy local food, wine, live music, theatre and the relaxing atmosphere that is the little country town of Numurkah.

The weekend starts on Friday night with an open mic night - anyone and everyone can be involved in. Come and grab yourself a bargain at the massive street sale on Saturday morning, let the kids go wild and have fun with all the activities just for them while you try the many different food stalls.

Sunday the food keeps on coming with a brunch under the beautiful gum trees along the creek.

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Barmah Forest Heritage Centre.


High Tea and Batavia Pearls.


                        The Salon: Benalla Art Gallery Collection

                                                                               16th June to 28th August 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.

                                      Familija - Jacqui Stockdale

untill 13th November 2016


Bennett Gallery

Jacqui Stockdale is an artist who grew up in Benalla and whose work is now acclaimed and sought after internationally. Familija includes painting, collage, photography and drawing from the past 15 years of her art practice and explores the artist’s fascination with the body, colonial history and constructed identities. 

until 9th October.

Bennett Gallery

Sally Simpson’s work reflects her fascination with the way values and meaning assigned to land change over time, according to point of view, culture and situation. She uses unexpected methods to transform natural and man-made materials found at particular sites, creating sculptures that evoke artefacts or specimens and drawings that reflect the fragility of the environment. The purpose of these objects is to record the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history, as if for a future museum


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until 3 Feb 2018



30 July - 30 October


                              Drawing Wall #24: Darren Wardle

until 13th November

Darren Wardle is the 24th artist to feature on the SAM Drawing Wall.

Darren Wardle is known for his hyper-real paintings of abandoned buildings and urban structures that appear to be drawn from a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia. Painted in a synthetic day-glo palette, they hint at the failures of modernism and its associated belief in a rational and orderly world.




8 October to 27 November

The artist known simply as Nell has a signature style that is instantly recognisable: a fusion of religious iconography with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic. Complex and paradoxical, Nell took her Buddhist vows in an ancient Chinese ceremony while concurrently worshipping at the altar of Australia’s true rock god legends – AC/DC.


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