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April 2016                   No.10

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

Following the outstanding success of the first performance by CoCheol in the Cafe Culture Series, MAC Inc. is excited to present the second performance in the Cafe Culture Series on 29th April. The renowned Melbourne Guitar Quartet  will perform at the Cobram Italian Social Club, bookings with Cobram Barooga Tourism. Treat yourself to a great night out, commencing with a dinner specially prepared by "the Butlers Pantry" of Numurkah before the performance. Chef Adam has suggested a roast meal which will consist of two meats and four vegetables with bread and butter. Dessert might be a sticky date pudding or chocolate brownie, Dinners must be pre-booked. Series tickets are still available to include the Lagerphone and Backward and in High Heels performances later in the year.
March has continued the hectic pace set in February.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. were a major sponsor of the Rotary Club of Numurkah 36th Annual Art & Craft Exhibition, held 11th-14th March, this was followed by participation in Showcasing Numurkah on 17th March.
Moira Arts & Culture Inc. were the sponsors of the Harmony Festival on 20th March in Cobram.

Coming up the second performance in the Cafe Culture Series is on 29th April with the Melbourne Guitar Quarter.
The St Kilda Film festival returns in June, screening in both Yarroweyah and Yarrawonga, with the Cafe Culture Series continuing in August and November.
Lots more fabulous performances for the rest of 2016.

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E-News will be published bi-monthly with our next edition due in June/July.
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Upcoming Events
29th April
Cafe Culture
Melbourne Guitar Quartet
24th June
St Kilda Film Festival
25th June
St Kilda Film Festival
5th August
Cage Culture
Early October
Art Fest
30th October
Big Band
Rotary Club of Cobram
4th November
Cafe Culture
Backwards and in High Heels.
5th February 2017
Essential Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing
Upcoming Event for April
Melbourne Guitar Quartet.
From Riverdance to Carmen on four guitars.
Tonié Field is Head of Guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts (now the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music repertoire stream). In 2003 Tonié received an ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album' as part of the guitar group ‘Saffire’ which also boasts the extremely talented Leonard and Slava Grigoriyan Brothers.  Tonié is also a founding member of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet and has now hand picked star talented guitarists Evan Hopkins, Cameron Sloan and Michael McManus to create the “Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Quartet” who, with the support of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, will be touring to fifteen regional Victorian towns during May as the second show in Café Culture Series program for 2016.
Guitar quartets are extremely rare in the Australian music landscape. They offer the listener an unique opportunity to hear a variety of music arranged and performed on four guitars. “Whilst the Café Culture Series has presented “Carneval Strings” a traditional string quartet in previous year’s program, we have never had the pleasure of experiencing a guitar quartet” commented Mary Souness, Manager of Just Shows To Go, the touring company responsible for touring the Café Culture Series throughout regional Victoria. “It offers an interesting twist on the overall sound and is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the versatility and warmth of the guitar family of instruments. It is quite a rare phenomenon even in the city and so we are very happy that the members of the Mebourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Quartet have made themselves available for this tour.
Classical bass guitar, baritone guitar, standard guitar, treble guitar, and the occasional use of percussion instruments conspire to create a rich and beautiful ensemble sound. The repertoire that the group has chosen caters for a wide variety of musical tastes including music from the Irish stage production “Riverdance” by Bill Whelan to music from Bizet’s opera Carmen to contemporary Tango and Australian rock inspired compositions.
Moira Arts and Culture Inc invites you to escape the ordinary for a night on Friday 29th April at 8.00. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Guitar Quartet will be performing in Cobram at the Cobram Italian Social Club. Tickets are on sale now at Cobram Visitor Information Centre. Dinner packages are also available for a two course meal for $30, which must be pre-booked.
  The Butlers Pantry are catering for the Cafe Culture Series Dinner Packages.
For the Melbourne Guitar Quartet performance Chef Adam has suggested a roast of 2 meats and four vegetables with bread and butter and condiments. Dessert to be sticky date pudding or.    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 April 29th starting with a dinner followed by the performance.

Chef Adam from The Butlers Pantry.
Reports on the last month's events.
Numurkah Rotary Art & Craft Exhibition

The 36th Art & Craft Exhibition of the Rotary Club of Numurkah was very successful with over 400 entries from Queensland, NSW, SA and Victoria.
Pam Mansfield from Cobram won the Moira Arts & Culture Inc Encouragement Award for her painting "Kelpie Day Off.
MAC Inc. was a proud sponsor of the Art & Craft exhibition.
Showcasing Numurkah.

MAC Inc. participated in Showcasing Numurkah with displays and Marcia Greig painting and Audrey Bennett showing her dolls. Bev Williams also demonstrated and displayed her paintings.

Harmony Festival




Moira Harmony Day was celebrated in Cobram on Sunday 20th March. MAC Inc. sponsored this event celebrating cultural diversity.   
Koonoomoo Community Mosaic Workshop
Koonoomoo Improvement Group held a Community Mosaic Workshop on the weekend of 9th & 10th April.


MAC Inc. were a proud supporter of the Mosaic Workshop.
Nathalia Bardi Gras
Nathalia Mardi Gras was celebrated over the Easter weekend and proudly supported by MAC Inc.

Upcoming Events.

MAC Inc is pleased to present the
Cafe Culture Series.

Melbourne Guitar Quartet
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.

Backwards And In High Heels
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 for remaining 3 concerts $ 75.
Season Ticket  for remaining 3 concerts plus 3 pre ordered Dinners $165.
Meals will be served from 6pm to be finished by 7.45pm.
Concert commences at 8pm.
Dinners must be pre booked.

Escape the ordinary for three nights with the remainder of the Cafe Culture Series. Make your experience memorable commencing with a delicious meal from The Butlers Pantry then enjoy the superb performances.


Prize-winning films and outstanding favourites from this year’s St Kilda Film Festival will hit the road for a Victorian tour throughout June and July, 2016.
Visiting eight destinations, the St Kilda Film Festival Tour will ensure that film buffs around the state will have the opportunity to view this year’s exceptional entrants from Australia’s largest and longest running short film competition.

The St Kilda Film Festival returns to Moira In June with screenings at Yarroweyah on 24th June and Yarrawonga 25th June.
Program details will be available after the St Kilda Film Festival is screened in Melbourne and wining entries selected.

About St Kilda Film Festival

Australia's Top 100 Short Films

Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day. Exceptional films by emerging artists and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they look their shiny best.

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the St Kilda Film Festival is now an Academy Awards® qualifying event, with award-winning films from the Festival eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards AND Documentary Short sections of the Oscars®.


Art Fest.
Moira Art & Culture Inc presents Art Fest. Numerous short workshops held over two or three days to promote, encourage and develop art in the local and wider communities.
It is envisaged that the general public will be offered a choice of as many workshops as possible and asked to nominate preferences when booking.
Where: Cobram with venue to be advised.
Date: Early October 2016.
Expressions of interest are being sough from artists wishing to run workshops. Please include the type of workshop, cost guidelines, minimum numbers, requirements i.e. power etc, availability, contact details and any other relevant information.
Please forward your EOI to: Art Fest - Moira Arts & Culture Inc.
                                                        PO Box 109, Cobram Vic. 3644
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Numurkah Singers Theatre Inc.
The Numurkah Singers will present "Grease"  Friday 29th April 8pm & Saturday 30th April 8pm, Sunday 1st May 2pm, Friday 6th May 8pm & Saturday 7th May 2pm and 8pm.
Tickets on sale at The Common Thread..


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Dreamcrossed: The Imagined Body
19 February - 17 April 2016
Bennett Gallery
Dreamcrossed presents artists’ depictions of the body as a site of imagination, both as an excavation of identity and a surface embellished through ornamentation. Among the many artists represented, the exhibition includes the fanciful hybrid characters of Jacqui Stockdale, the tortured and tormented figures of Albert Tucker, the languid nudes of George Bell and Mike Parr’s discomforting scratched and smeared prints of the body. Drawn from Benalla Art Gallery’s collection, this exhibition includes photography, painting, drawings and prints.

Colour and Movement
26 February - 22 May 2016
Ledger Gallery
Colour and Movement will present paintings from the CBUS Collection of Australian Art and the Benalla Art Gallery collection. The exhibition will navigate developments in Australian art in the twentieth century, exploring the journey through Australian impressionism, modernism, abstraction, postmodernism and contemporary painting. Colour and Movement will include many of Australia’s most significant artists and provide audiences with opportunities to gain a greater appreciation of their work.

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Cornucopia (meaning Horn of Plenty) profiles works by established and early career artists who utilise food and flora as an artistic medium or point of departure. A multidisciplinary and trans-historical show, the exhibition teases out strands of investigation around the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its metaphoric potential, socio-cultural uses and representation within art history.

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