Valladolid, 23/7/2014. Azzband en la sala Porta Caeli. Foto Ricardo Otazo.

The aZzBand unites musicians from Italy, Venezuela, Spain, Australia and Germany. From jazz to tarantella, tango to fanfare, Uruguayan candombe to Argentine Murga, aZzBand interprets and mixes the music of the world.

The ensemble uses the improvisation of Jazz, attempting nonetheless to stimulate the emotions and imaginations of any type of audience: including one not entirely formed of music connoisseurs. That’s why this is not a classic Jazz Band, but an “Azz Band”. The missing “J” reveals an added quality, one that allows greater freedom of execution, and avoids the group “anchoring” itself to any particular musical genre.

Where: Cube 37, 25-37 Davey Street, Frankston VIC 3199

When: Wednesday 25th January.  World Percussion Workshop with Yonder Rodriguez 6.00pm – 7.00pm (some instruments provided, BYO if possible).  Cabaret performance 8.00pm – 9.50pm

Tickets: Workshop $20 (or $15 combination with performance).Peformance $30/$25 concession.

For further information visit:  or email


1Sip sangrias over the sunset, enjoy tapas and be entertained with a local Spanish guitarist and professional Paso Doble Performance.

Where: Mount Martha House Community Centre, Dominion Rd, Mount Martha VIC 3934

When: Saturday 10 December 6.00pm-9.00pm

Tickets: $50

For more information visit: or Facebook page



Spend a day on the peninsula with Word House: award-winning author Cath Crowley and The Rosie Project editor Alison Arnold. We will help you find your way (or find your way back) to your writing project through a series of writing exercises and conversations about creativity, getting unstuck, and the writer’s life.

Where: Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Road, Mornington

When: Sunday 12 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $195.00

For more information, visit:

For enquiries & bookings, contact:  or book at:


katrinas-logoLocal gold and silversmith Katrina Newman is opening her studio gallery each weekend for Christmas shopping.

Katrina designs and crafts beautiful silver and gold rings, pendants, cufflinks and earrings along with colourful lampwork glass beads that are used in earrings and necklaces. For that unique and special gift for someone special this Christmas visit the studio gallery.


Where: 69 Cinerama Crescent McCrae

When: 3 – 18 December, Saturdays and Sundays only from 12pm to 5pm


Email: or Phone: 0413 304 013


airEmerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are invited to apply for a Police Point Artist in Residency (AiR).

Both supported and fee paying residencies are available, ranging from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six weeks.

In a supported residency the cottage is occupied without charge to the artist but there is a requirement to participate in agreed public programs that contribute to the cultural life of the Mornington Peninsula. Fee paying residencies are $300 per week (+GST).

The AiR is in the historic Gatekeeper’s Cottage (c.1888) at Police Point Shire Park, Portsea. The cottage was initially built for the quarantine boatmen. In 1901 it became accommodation for the Gatekeeper who oversaw movement in and out of the Quarantine Station that was opened in 1852 to control and prevent the spread of diseases from immigrants arriving by sea.

Minor changes have been made to the building over time and an extension now forms the studio space. The entire cottage was renovated to heritage standards in recent years.

 The Gatekeepers Cottage is a two-bedroom residence with reading room, studio, kitchen and dining room, bathroom, vegetable boxes and back verandah with spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.

Artists can be inspired by this nationally significant cultural heritage site located in the traditional lands of the Boon wurrung balug, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria.

The Police Point AiR program is coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture team who work closely with key stakeholders and the community.

Calls for applications are made at least twice annually and will be assessed by a panel.

Applying for a residency visit:

This round of submissions close: Tuesday 31 January

 Further Information about the AiR program at the Gatekeeper’s Cottage at Police Point contact: arts& or phone (03) 5950 1655.



The fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections.

mav-dec-16Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.


Mapping Melbourne is a platform for strengthening arts networks between contemporary independent artists across the Asian region, building connections and establishing collaborative ongoing relationships, and presenting challenging work. We need to strengthen Australia’s deep and broad relationships across the region at every level. These links are social and cultural as much as they are political and economic. Improving people-to-people links can unlock large economic and social gains. Art enables us to learn about each other in creative and expressive ways that contributes significantly to greater understanding and respect for each other.

When: December 1 -16 2016

Where: various sites, stages, venues across Melbourne

For full program details visit:



Creative Victoria’s VicArts program provides grants for new and contemporary ideas that deliver creative and innovative performing arts projects.

Applications for the next round of VicArts grants can be submitted online from Thursday 2 February 2017.


For more information, visit:


MPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAOver 70 works by 50 Australian artists are brought together for the latest MPRG exhibition on the bird.

Encompassing works from painting to sculpture, decorative arts, photography
print-making and installation, this exhibition, two years in the making, explores the science, symbolism, beauty and curiosity of birds.

birds-1Artists including Albert Tucker, Rover Thomas, Ginger Riley and contemporary artists such as Brook Andrew, Fiona Hall, John Wolseley, Ben Quilty, Christian Thompson, Kate Rohde, Petrina Hicks, Trent Parke and Louise Weaver consider birds as objects of desire, in relation to fashion, history, identity, the environment and as emblems of empire and nationhood.

In a country proud of its unique birds – our kookaburras, emus, galahs and cockatoos – contemporary artists are now considering the threats to our fragile ecology.  Fiona Hall’s night parrot is dressed in camouflage gear to protect it from extinction, Penny Byrne’s ceramic parrots are kept under glass with contemporary detritus and Louise Weaver uses crochet and stitching to camouflage and transform a galah within a classic taxidermy pose.

birds-nov-16Iconic works by colonial artists John Lewin and Richard Browne and early 20th century artists Sydney Long and Hans Heysen are juxtaposed alongside these contemporary works.

Birds: Flight Paths in Australian art includes a specially commissioned interactive work by Juan Ford where visitors are invited to create a bird filled landscape using thousands of bird stickers provided by Ford.

Melbourne artist Kenny Pittock has created an off-beat colouring-in book focusing on birds found on the Mornington Peninsula, famously home to an abundance of indigenous birds, wanderers and migratory birds. Pittock was an artist in resident at the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Police Point Artist in Residence cottage during October, researching for this special project.

Where: MPRG, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington

When: 2 December 2016 to 12 February 2017

Open:  Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays except on public holidays

Entry: $4, $2 Memberships and Concession

To find out about the exciting related events Visit:









The Music Works Grants program openS 18 January and closes February 2017.  The Music Works Grants program aims to:

  • Support strategic professional development and career opportunities for Victorian contemporary music artists, musicians, performers and associated industry professionals where funding or access to resources are a barrier
  • Increase the capacity and market share of the Victorian contemporary music industry
  • Showcase Victorian content locally, nationally and internationally
  • Strategically invest in economic growth and long term sustainability for the Victorian contemporary music industry
  • Fund projects that nurture creative talent and strengthen Victoria’s unique and diverse creative culture.

For full details of the Music Works Major Funding Round program, please visit


aa_logo_bwJoins us on an ARTLINKS tour!

ARTLINKS 2017 will offer a range of visual and performing arts disability respite workshops from across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Using visual and performance art mediums, we will explore our surroundings and use what we find to inspire US.   ARTLINKS is supported by experienced arts facilitators and trained support workers in a safe, fun, social and creative space. All welcome!


sculptureThe ARTLINKS 2017 schedule:

Wed 4 Jan@12pm – Frankston Arts Centre, meal & matinee show of ‘Wicked’

Thurs 5 Jan@ 10am – 4pm* Coolart Homestead, outdoor art making

Fri 6 Jan@10am – 4pm* McLelland Gallery, animal themed art making

Wed 11 Jan@10am – 4pm Mornington Rose Garden and MPRG gallery visit

Thurs 12 Jan@10am – 4pm Seawinds Community Arts Hub, Rosebud – Visual Art Making

Fri 15 Jan@10am – 4pm Seawinds Community Arts Hub, Rosebud – Visual Art Making

Cost: Wed 4 January $40 per person.   All other dates – $10 per person, per workshop.  This is a flexible respite program, any or all workshop days can be attended and half days can be accommodated.

Bookings, enquiries and specific support requirements:
Samantha Menzies, Arts Access Victoria, Phone 9699 8299

*Please Note – extreme weather conditions may impact on these workshops, in which case it will change location, be rescheduled or in exceptional circumstances be cancelled.

Artlinks 2017 is proudly sponsored by the Australia Council, State Government of Victoria, Creative Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire/MPRG, Sea Winds Hub, McClellend Gallery & Sculpture Park 




Paint’n’Play is a 1 Day Beginners Art Workshop, no experience necessary.

Learn to paint with stencils and layers of paints in a step by step process.
michele-cleaverBe impressed with your new talents, have fun and meet like minded people in a creative & interactive environment.

All materials are supplied/BYO Canvas.

Tuition Fee: $150

Where: 21 Blacks Camp Road, Somerville

When: 22 January 2017 from 10am-5pm


Contact: Michele Cleaver – 0417425116




Join artist & illustrator Karen Erasmus for a day of informal tuition in watercolour technique and be inspired by the beautiful formal gardens and extensive bushland of Coolart Homestead.

Assisting the workshop will be the new Artist-in-Residence at Coolart, Timothy Growcott. Tim will take you on a guided tour of the Barracks Studio and provide afternoon tea.

Basic equipment provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials if they have them. BYO lunch.

When:  Sunday 27th November 2016, 10.00am to 2.00pm

Where: Coolart Wetlands and Homestead, Lord Somers Road, Somers

Bookings & Enquiries: Tickets $40.00, visit or contact Timothy Growcott on 0409 047 232 or at


PenWritersClubFor December come and feed your appetite with the Peninsula Writers’ Club guest Rita Erlich.

Rita is one of the legends of the Melbourne Food Festival, an author of more than 30 books, an editor, a judge of restaurants and an occasional broadcaster.

rita-erlichRita’s latest books are The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners and Scott Pickett: a cook’s story.  Her book Melbourne by Menu  is an account of the development of the restaurant scene from the 1980s onward.

Rita was co-editor of The Age Good Food Guide for 15 years, and has written about all aspects of food in newspapers and magazines, including Qantas, Coast and Country, The Age, and The Australian.

Rita is very much looking forward to talking at Cakes and Ale about the ways in which we can write about food, while scraping the plate clean. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the writing and journalism experience of Melbourne food writing royalty.

When: Tuesday 6th December 2016, 6:30pm

Where: Cakes and Ale, 102 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

Bookings:  Simply let the Peninsula Writers Club know via their facebook page PeninsulaWritersClub or to confirm a place at the table  drop Andrea Rowe a line via email

If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay, visit Peninsula Writers’ Club  to find out what it is all about.


FAC_logo- 2012 1Blokes is a new dance work investigating the myths, truths and the stereotypes of how to be a man in our society.

Dance artists Matt Cornell and Joshua Thomson are drawing on their experiences during speed-apprenticeships with men in the extreme north and their own history growing up in outback Australia. These stories, physicality and no-nonsense approach functions in their show to make space around the notion of what it is to be a man.

Key in the artistic process is the involvement of blokes themselves – while further developing the work in Frankston, they will work with the Pine’s Men’s Shed and other community groups as they continue on their quest to capture the humour, bravado and fragility of the Aussie ‘bloke’.

When: Friday 25 November, 9.30pm
Where: Shipping container – Frankston Library Forecourt, 60 Playne Street, Frankston
Enquiries: 03 9784 1896



MPS Mono Logo BlackMornington Peninsula Shire’s “The Corner” Youth Centre is celebrating its one year anniversary and would like to invite you to join the celebrations!

The free event will showcase the variety of services and facilities the centre has to offer to the community.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Youth Services provides support and recreational activities to young people aged 10 to 25 years old across the peninsula.

The Mornington Men’s Shed is a place that actively supports the health and wellbeing of 80 men in our local community.

The day will include a free BBQ, live music and everyone can contribute to the mosaic project.


The celebrations will also feature a special presentation aimed at all age groups by Dr John Beaney titled Sugar addiction epidemic of the 21st century.  Dr Beaney is passionate about discussing the dangers of sugars in our diets.

When: 19 November 11am – 2pm

Where: The Corner Youth Centre – Wilsons Rd, Mornington (PCT)

To learn more about this exciting milestone visit



Cathy van Ee’s January Oil Portrait Workshop will be focusing on the study of light, examining the work of Diego Velázquez.

Where:  Peninsula Art Society – 159 Overport Road, Frankston South

When:  10am – 3.30pm Wed 18 & 25 January 2017

Tickets: $140 PAS member or $160 non member

Contact: or 0413 337 024


10 String Guitarist Matthew Fagan presents a special festive concert of arrangements of Spanish flamenco, Celtic Festive music & Christmas Spirituals.

The concert will feature Celtic Harp pieces arranged for 10 String Spanish Guitar and arrangements of Christmas spirituals in the style of Handel, Bach and Mendelssohn.  Lyrics will be provided and the audience is encouraged to singalong. The second half of the concert features Spanish Guitar music including music inspired by Julian Bream’s recording Guitarra & Flamenco Guitar.


Where: St Johns Church, 23 King Street Flinders, VIC

When: Sunday, 4 December 3:00pm – 4:30pm (Doors open 2.30pm)

Tickets: $30 Full/ $25-Concession / $15- U16 / $50 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)


 Enquiries: Kellie Phone: 0438 881 985 Email:

Bookings: online

$5 from each ticket sold will be donated towards the church restoration fund.


Bel Canto Choir will present a Christmas reading and Carols to be Conducted by Margaret Brown


When: Sunday 4 December @ 2.30pm

Where: The Village Uniting Church, 93 Canadian Bay Road Mount Eliza

Tickets: $20 Adult/$15 Concession (Seniors and Students) Primary age children FREE

Enquiries and bookings: Phone 9787 5383

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to FUSION – Mornington Peninsula in aid of their Community Placement refuge.


full-logoNOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The Mornington Peninsula Music Network Inc. would like to invite members of the local music industry for Christmas drinks and Open Mic (bring along your instruments, PA provided), Raffles and Door Prizes!

The Network is seeking nominations for President, Vic-President, Treasurer, Secretary/Public Officer and committee members with a commitment  to supporting ‘all music for all people of all ages’

When: Refreshments from 6.30pm AGM starts 7pm 24 November 2016

Where: Double G Saloon, Octavia Street Mornington


Visit: and like us on facebook/mpmusicnetwork

This event is proudly sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Shire and MP Magazine.