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.
February 2017              No.15

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

MAC Inc. launched its 2017 season at a special preview function at Killara House on January 12th.
A Membership Program was also introduced, full details below of how to become a member and enjoy the benefits.
Thanks to Simon Marks for musical entertainment and Lachie Brown for the exhibition of his photographs.

Great news, Essential Theatre are returning, after an acclaimed presentation of "Romeo & Juliet" on Thompsons Beach, to present "Much Ado About Nothing" in the picturesque setting of the Byramine Homestead gardens 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 Rotary Club of Numurkah present their 37th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition from 10th to 13th March.

The Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artist present their 26th Annual Art Show on 7th to 17th April.

The Katamatite Uniting Church Craft Group present their 29th Annual Craft Show on 9th May,

The E-News has reports on activities since our last E-News in December.

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 April.

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Upcoming Events
5th February
Much Ado About Nothing
Byramine Homestead.
10th February
Cafe Culture Series
Sonidos Flamencos
19th February
Big Band Concert
Rotary Club of Cobram.
10th-13th March
Rotary Club of Numurkah
37th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
7th - 17th April
Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artists
26th Annual Art Show
9th May
Katamatite Uniting Church
Craft Group
29th Annual Craft Show
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.
Killara House the home of MAC Inc. received a make-over prior to the Season Launch on 12th January. A fresh coat of paint and new blinds transformed the interior of the building thanks to hard working board members wielding paint brushes.
Killara House is available for hire for meetings, workshops and exhibitions.

MAC Inc launched a Membership Program  at the Special Preview Function on 12th January.   
Membership will entitle members to attend special members social events plus a discount on the price of admission to MAC Inc. performances.
Full details below..

This year promises to be another exciting year for MAC Inc.
The Essential Theatres production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on Sunday 5th February, in a new scenic venue, the picturesque gardens of Byramine Homestead on the Murray Valley Highway..

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 at Barooga Sporties.

MAC Inc. will continue to sponsor arts exhibitions and performances throughout 2017.
MAC Inc. Membership.

Become a member and receive free admission to 2 members only events each year, along with discounted ticket prices to MAC Inc. programmed events.
All members are permitted to stand for a position on the MAC Inc. Board and cast a vote in the election of Board Members.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. (MAC Inc.) is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at stimulating, enriching and supporting creativity in our community, while ensuring the vitality and sustainability of arts and culture across the Shire. MAC Inc. is supported by Moira Shire Council and governed by a volunteer based Board.  Building a strong membership base is critical to our future

Annual membership fee is $30.  

Save, print, fill in and either post or scan and email to Moira Arts & Culture Inc, PO Box 109 Cobram 3644.
Online form available on website under "Membership"
The annual membership fee is $30 payable by cash, cheque or direct deposit to Moira Arts & Culture Inc. BSB 633 000 Account number 151125382
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MAC Inc. 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.
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: Performance starts at 6pm.
Venue: Byramine Homestead, 1436 Murray Valley Highway, Yarrawonga.
Cost; $35.  Members $30
BYO picnic hampers. No BYO, beer, wine and cider available for purchase.

Why not arrive early and enjoy a tour of the historic homestead.



Cafe Culture Series

The very successful Cafe Culture series will return in 2017 with four outstanding performances.
The Cafe Culture Series has been delivering quality live shows to regional Victoria audiences for 18 years. The carefully selected program has an emphasis on praising originality. honouring traditions and valuing inventiveness.
Whilst you may not already recognise the acts, we trust you will find them surprisingly interesting, inspiring and entertaining.
Thanks to the 2017 Café Culture Series, you do not need any travel plans this year to get a first hand, authentic experience of different cultures. For the mere cost of a Seasons Ticket you can be entertained and enlightened by dance, songs, film and stories from all around the globe. No vaccinations, jetlag, excess baggage charges or queues involved and travel time and parking is a breeze.

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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 links to make your booking.

Cafe Culture Series Booking

Book for all four shows and save.
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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 at Barooga Sporties.
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Reports on events since last issue of  
MAC Inc. 2017 Season Launch
MAC Inc. held a special preview evening to launch the 2017 season as well as the Membership Program.

With 60 in attendance, members of the board presented details of events planned for 2017 and introduced a Membership Program.     

Pop Up Cinema
A Pop Up Cinema screened film on Thompsons Beach Cobram from January 25th to 29th.
MAC Inc. was a sponsor of the Pop Up Cinema.
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."

Movies At Numurkah launched with a screening of "Last Taxi to Darwin".
Great first night for our inaugural screening. Over 70 people attended with Wine and Cheese tasting prior to the screening and a scrumptious supper afterwards.
This was followed by a screening of "Oddball" on 14th January.

Art in Nathalia


Art Windows in Nathalia has been running now for more than ten years. While it has been successful, like everything, sometimes you just need to shake it and reshape it to make it relevant and interesting.

Arts in Nathalia decided to change the name to Arts in Nathalia to make it more inclusive of all sorts of Arts.

There was still be the art displayed in some of the shop windows, a little less but more focused and better displayed. The show focused on local artists and planned to have art inside the hotels and some of the shops as well as in windows.

Arts in Nathalia was officially launched on the banks of the Broken Creek on 9th December.



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


Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artists.

An exhibition of Visual Arts by local artists. The Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artist Association's artists range from aspiring to experienced artists who work with a wide range of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel and mixed media. The works on display will be varied to appeal to all tastes.

Yarrawonga/Mulwala Artists 26th Annual Art Show to be held next Easter, April 7th to April 27th at Club Mulwala. 

Numurkah Rotary Art & Craft Exhibition

Katamatite Uniting Church Craft Show.
The Katamatite Uniting Church Craft Group Annual Craft Show which will be held in the Katamatite Shire Hall on Tuesday 9th May 2017.
The Theme for this year’s show will be The Jungle Book.  
As usual we will have stalls selling various hand made goods, made by the ladies from our craft group.   There is no entry charge and we provide light refreshments, free of charge.    We welcome children to our craft day and the hall has wheel chair access and there is room to park buses in the street outside.



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Allegro Theatre next production is Stuart Little.

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Numurkah Library Summer Reading Club February 2nd @ 4.30pm.

Morning tea with Numurkah Friends @ 10.30am Numurkah Library
Nathalia Barmah Heritage Centre.


            Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide

11 February - 23 April 2017
Ledger Gallery
Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide presents works spanning four decades of the artist’s career. Artworks in the exhibition have been selected by Wendy Whiteley and the Brett Whiteley Studio with a curatorial focus on the enduring connection Whiteley had with the region west of the Great Dividing Range.


                      Michelle Nikou: a e i o u
                                                                      28 January - 2 April 2017
                                                           Bennett Gallery

Adelaide-based artist Michelle Nikou draws on surrealism in a reflective and productive way to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour and marvel. In this exhibition of new and recent work she utilises surrealist strategies such as chance, psychological metaphor, deadpan wit and juxtaposition, and inventively mingles high and low art sources and cultural references. A NETS Victoria Touring Exhibition.


             Kate Jenvey: Drawn to the Wild
                                                     9 February - 2 April 2017
                                                           Simpson Gallery
Kate Jenvey is an internationally renown artist who creates highly detailed images of wild animals and birds. From the artist’s early childhood in East Africa, nature has been a source of wonder and excitement leading to a great respect for the natural world. Kate’s use of coloured and graphite pencils precisely capture the detail, nuances and intricate structures in a manner that honours nature’s beauty. 


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          Some of the Things I Like

          Nell's Wunderkammer. Showing until Sunday 19 March, 2017

In this site specific installation, Nell has created a Wunderkammer or ‘cabinet of curiosities’ using ceramics and other treasures from the SAM Collection, supplemented with her own artworks and objects from her personal collection gifted from friends and colleagues. In Renaissance Europe, 


Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg Featuring Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015

At SAM from January 28 to March 19 2017 Official opening 4 February, 4 to 6pm. Opening remarks by Professor Charles Green, Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

SAM is delighted to present the collaborative work of Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg in the exhibition Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 developed by Artspace, Sydney and touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW.


Drawing Wall #26: James Tylor

(Erased Scenes) From an Untouched Landscape highlights the contemporary absence of Australian Aboriginal culture within the Australian landscape and how this phenomenon is a direct result of the impact of European colonisation.

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