The Culture Tracks program for 2020
Performances, events and more at venues throughout the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
An Evening with Uncle Jack Charles
Join Uncle Jack Charles for an evening of truth, love, laughter and legendary storytelling. This national treasure, award-winning actor, Aboriginal elder and activist is here to share his colourful life and brilliant career in words and music, joined by some very special surprise guests.
Uncle Jack Charles is an actor, musician, potter and gifted performer, but in his 74 years he has also been homeless, a heroin addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons. A member of the Stolen Generation, Jack has spent his life in-between acting gigs, caught in the ‘addiction/ crime/ doing time’ cycle. Today, overcoming these past struggles, Uncle Jack is here to share tales from recently published in his 2019 biography Jack Charles: A Born-again Blakfella. BOOK TICKETS
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Join a diverse line-up of the hottest acts, direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, for a very special show that is sure to tickle everyone’s funny bone.
Featuring a cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and special guest international performers, this crew are home-delivering Australia’s largest comedy festival in one jam-packed night of the biggest and best belly laughs you’ll have all year. BOOK TICKETS
International Ballet Gala
International stars of ballet come together in Australia for the first time to perform a diverse collection of dances from your favourite ballets and modern works.
The International Ballet Gala invites the audience to enjoy excerpts from traditional classical repertoires – Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. There are also new creations from both classical and contemporary dance, introducing the audience to new international choreographers. BOOK TICKETS
Wallflowering revolves around the lives of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle-aged couple who were once prize-winning ballroom dancers. The action is interspersed with ballroom dancing by a younger couple, who represent Peg and Cliff in their glory days, as well as the older couple’s romantic, idealised view of themselves.
Wallflowering perfectly blends comedy and pathos, with an intermixed story of dreams and dance that will keep you on your toes. BOOK TICKETS
Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally! Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination. Circa’s Peepshow leaps from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful – expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.
To date, Circa has toured to 40 countries across six continents, and in 2016 alone performed over 450 performances to over 180,000 audience members locally, nationally and internationally. BOOK TICKETS
I have a face
Jude Perl’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of ‘adulting’ will make you want to sing, cry and laugh all at once. Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and suppress your very identity. Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff, make you laugh and make you feel truly human.
Come along to this special cabaret show at Montrose for an honest and hilarious discussion of mental health with a theatrical twist.
Recommended for ages 15+. Contains adult themes and themes relating to mental health. BOOK TICKETS
After sold out performances at the 2019 Midsumma Festival, 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival and 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, cabaret icons Mama Alto and Maude Davey return to the stage with Gender Euphoria.
Australia’s largest ever ensemble of trans and gender diverse performers explore gender, identity and personhood in what is a celebration of queer voices, and a rallying cry to empower trans communities and artistries.
Music, dance, comedy, burlesque, circus and poetry will come together to seduce and transport you. Humming beneath the laughter and delight is a sincerity and optimism that allows for real change and acknowledges the complex, messy humanity we all share. BOOK TICKETS
Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that has audiences laughing, crying and celebrating the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing First Nations women. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this is a fast-paced and poetic night at the theatre that everyone will love.
Intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing get behind the wheel and navigate audiences into risky terrain, journeying through the heart-lines of their lives and into the hilarious, fun-loving misadventures of the women who made them who they are today. BOOK TICKETS
Kristian Chong and Daniel Dodds: Mustonen and Brahms
This concert is presented by Yarra Ranges Council, curated by Melbourne Recital Centre, with support from Dr Geraldine Lazarus and Mr Greig Gailey.
Kristian Chong is well-known to Australian audiences as a piano recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Chong has gathered a stellar cast of collaborators including violinist Daniel Dodds to present a powerful work by pianist-composer Olli Mustonen, his Sonata for Violin & Piano (2012) and Brahm’s dramatic Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 3. BOOK TICKETS
The Stories and Songs of Billy Joel
The Story & Songs of Billy Joel – My Life chronologically shares the journey of a remarkable career, the highs and lows, intimate details on Joel’s life on stage and behind closed doors, but most importantly celebrating the music through live performance, audio-visual footage and story-telling at its finest.
Enter the world of Billy Joel with this not to be missed performance by some of the finest musicians and state of the art sound and lighting that will have audiences captivated! BOOK TICKETS
Late Night Tunes with Noons
Katie Noonan’s most recent show, Late Night Tunes with Noons, came about quite by accident in the late hours of a winter night.
Late Night Tunes with Noons features songs by artists such as Crowded House, Archie Roach, You Am I and more. This intimate performance will showcase Katie’s unparalleled skills of interpretation, as well as some of her own classic tunes. BOOK TICKETS
Tubular Bells for Two
Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will know Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the first album to be released on Virgin Records, and gaining even more popularity when its opening theme was used for the soundtrack to the film The Exorcist.
Now, more than 40 years on, two Australian multi-instrumentalists are presenting this modern masterpiece in a challenging live event. So what’s the catch? Unlike Oldfield’s multi-track recording technology, in Tubular Bells for Two there are only two men on stage with only four hands and four feet between them.
It is an intricately choreographed, thrilling piece of tightrope theatre. Things can go wrong at any moment, and the slightest mistake or misplaced limb can bring the entire show crashing to a halt. Tubular Bells for Two is a multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed musical act that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. BOOK TICKETS
Rubiks Collective is one of Melbourne’s most remarkable contemporary art music ensembles, bringing together Australia’s most exciting and versatile young performers. With a particular interest in storytelling and cross-art collaboration, Rubiks has quickly established a reputation for excellence, delighting audiences with their unique programming and dazzling virtuosity.
Rubiks is passionate about working with the artistic pioneers of our time, from across the globe. The Collective’s international appearances have included performances in Germany, England, the Netherlands and at the closing events for the 2018-19 Australia Fest in India. BOOK TICKETS
Flinders Quartet is celebrating its 20th birthday, and it will share the cake and candles with Beethoven too – commemorating his 250th year in style!
Join Flinders Quartet as they conclude their year-long birthday celebrations in the picturesque town of Warburton with their favourite Beethoven string quartet, Op. 132, and promise to deliver this masterpiece of the string quartet repertoire in an iconically Flinders Quartet way. BOOK TICKETS
Alison in Wonderland presented by the Australian Shakespeare Company
Join Alice on her fantastical journey through Wonderland and experience an adventure like no other. Lewis Carroll’s classic story is cleverly lifted from the page and beautifully brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed live production.
Presented in a bright performance style, with colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs, this is a perfect way to go on an adventure with the entire family. So join Alice and the Mad Hatter on this enchanted journey filled with friendship, acceptance and imagination
My Robot takes audiences on a rambunctious adventure filled with robot antics, laughter, daring rescues and bewildered parents, all told with care and astounding artistry. Children will discover that we’re all just made from pieces – when we feel less than whole we can find (or make) a part that fits!
My Robot follows Ophelia, a lonely kid in a new town. After finding a cryptic note, Ophelia creates Olivetti, a robot with a typewriter chest and an alarm clock heart. Made up of pieces, but more than the sum of her parts. BOOK TICKETS
Art Quilt Australia 2019
Ozquilt Network’s biennial juried exhibition Art Quilt Australia 2019 features the very best in art quilts from Australia, New Zealand and worldwide. Returning to Yarra Ranges for the second time, this exhibition showcases 35 extraordinary works of art created by incredibly skilful artists who are at the forefront of textile art. This collection of bold, intricate and colourful art quilts combine modern designs and traditional methods to create exquisite landscapes and abstract imaginings.
From Eucalyptic Transition, a celebration of the quintessential Australian tree using wool dyed from its leaves, to Whitewash, a dizzying seascape – Art Quilt Australia 2019 reimagines contemporary Australian art and craft.
The exhibition includes the winners of Ozquilt Network’s Award for Excellence and the acquisitiveExpressions: The Wool Quilt Prize. MORE INFO
John Gollings: The history of the built world
John Gollings is Australia’s pre-eminent and most prolific photographer of the built environment. This extraordinary exhibition pays homage to Gollings’ lifework and his parallel interests in photography and architecture to explore the cultural construction of social spaces. The signature touch of this photographer is undoubtedly in the artistic flair of both documenting and dramatising architecture.
Marvel at the depth and diversity of his practice, from sacred rock art sites and ancient temples, to suburban dream homes, iconic monuments and architectural interventions. Gollings’ catalogue of images provides a remarkable visual history of how humans have chosen to inhabit their world.
Constantly innovating with photographic technologies, and investigating new architectural subjects with a restless enthusiasm, Gollings’ connoisseurship of the built world is unparalleled. MORE INFO