4th Peninsula Summer Music Festival Jan 4-11 2011


Join us for eight days of music that is seductive, joyous, profound, intriguing and just plain irresistible, performed by superb Australian and international artists and accompanied by the best food and wine that the region has to offer.

 To book tickets go online  at www.peninsulafestival.com.au or call 03 9784 1060

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ARIA-award winning artist Clare Bowditch and respected music industry stalwart Bruce Milne have been elected to the board of the state’s peak contemporary music body, Music Victoria.

Music Victoria held its inaugural Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th November 2010. Members of the association and the current Music Victoria board voted in elections for three board positions.

Live music venue owner, member of FairGo4LiveMusic, member of the City of Yarra Live Music Working Group and musician Jon Perring was re-elected to the board.

 Singer/songwriter, writer and social commentator Clare Bowditch and Victorian music identity and previous owner of live music venue the Tote Hotel, Bruce Milne, were also elected to the two year board positions.

 At a subsequent board meeting on 24th of November, entertainment lawyer for Shock Records, musician and previous Vice-President of the WAM (Western Australian Music Industry Association) management committee, Andrew Fuller, and the co-founder and chief operations officer of the Illusive Entertainment Group, Adam Jankie, were appointed to the board. These appointed tenures are for a period of twelve months.

 President of Music Victoria, Andrew Walker, said “Music Victoria is delighted that Clare and Bruce have joined our board. Clare is one of Victoria’s finest musicians and brings passion and an artist’s perspective to the board and with his history in radio, labels and venues, Bruce will undoubtedly bring a wealth of expertise as well. With the appointment of Adam and Andrew, the board is as diverse as it is experienced.’’
Music Victoria thanks its current voting members and departing board member Darren Sanicki for supporting the association through its first nine months and looks forward to supporting the growth and development of the Victorian contemporary music industry in the future.


Peninsula Author Launches New Book

Anna Pignataro is a local children’s book author and illustrator.  She has 6 new books coming out next year, including an exciting new series of chapter stories for 6-9yr old girls.

Princess and Fairy Twinkly Ballerinas is the fifth in the popular Princess and Fairy series of Look and Find picture books. It is also a fun activity book  for Christmas.

Synopsis of title:

Princess and Fairy the two most adorable bunnies in all of fairyland, have been invited to the Ballet Frou-Frou! Two pairs of enchanted ballet slippers will fly them to the show but first they have to find everything on their list of twinkly things in time.  Hop in and join them as they pirouette across the pages in their latest glittering adventure. Visit Swan Lake, Nutcracker Nook and Nerverland Gardens and more. And remember that the most twinkly things may be found where you least expect! 

For further information on Anna Pignataro’s book titles visit www.annapignataro.com

Peninsula Poet in State Library Poetry Slam Finals

Runner Up Andrea Thomas

The State Library of Victoria has been hosting a season of Poetry Slam Competitions across Victoria and Mornington Peninsula resident Andrea Thomas was judged runner-up in the recent Semi-Finals.   She will compete this Friday with other Victorian Poets for the chance to win the title of State Library of Victoria  Poetry Slam champion and then will be  invited to compete for the national title. 

 When: 7pm Friday November 19.

Where: State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street, Melbourne

Canadian, Californian, Australian poet Andrea Louise Thomas graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in English Language and Literature with a focus on poetry and Shakespeare, but stopped writing when a life of teaching and travel intervened.  She re-emerged as a writer in Melbourne recently rediscovering her passion for poetry.


http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/poetry/slam follow comments and updates to the poets status through facebook/slv/Australian Poetry Slam/- victorian heat

Friends of Lospalos Film Night



Tickets: $20 including tea/coffee and cake

Contact: Theresa @ Mornington Peninsula Shire 5950 1680

Where: FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER 6.30 pm.  Mornington Peninsula Shire – Rosebud office, Besgrove Street, Rosebud


After five Australian-based journos go missing, veteran correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the charismatic Jose Ramos-Horta to tell his tiny nation’s story and investigate the men’s disappearance. As the threat of Indonesian invasion intensifies, an unlikely friendship develops between him and Horta. BALIBO is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes that have been covered up for 30 years.

Craft Council’s COOKBOOK north/south



Images (L-R): Printing of COOKBOOK north/south, photography: Dave Carswell.



Chefs, artists and writers interpret their favourite Melbourne suburb in hand printed cookbook.

Craft Victoria is hosting the launch of not-for-profit COOKBOOK north/south.

When: 29 November, 6-8pm to Saturday 4 December 10am-5pm Daily

Where: Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

This unique, unbound publication has been letterpress printed by hand in a limited edition of 500. It features an inquisitive exploration of ten Melbourne suburbs via recipes, original artwork and short stories. Facilitated by the designers at Wolfgang, Shlomo & Max, this collaborative project is a platform for Melbourne’s chefs, artists and writers to personally and creatively interpret their city. 

COOKBOOK north/south’s eclectic array of contributors give life to this humble publication. From Andrew McConnell’s tales of stealing fresh figs in the back alleys of Fitzroy, to Robert Castellani’s description of his mother’s famed Ragu, their voices fill the pages with charm and localised eloquence. Contributors were asked to find inspiration in their suburb and creatively interpret their surroundings. Whether internationally renowned or local gems, chefs were chosen via suburb research, word of mouth and SecondBite recommendations. The result is a colourful group of chefs whose delicious recipes sit alongside artwork and short stories by established and emerging local talent.

Each of COOKBOOK north/south’s ten suburb-inspired chapters feature a lino-cut artwork, short story and three recipes.  A unique collection of letterpress forms, typography and colour create the visual identity for each suburb chapter. An unbound publication, COOKBOOK north/south comprises of hand printed individual cards, first offset and then letterpress printed at the Melbourne Museum of Printing.

COOKBOOK north/south retails for $100 with all proceeds going to SecondBite, a not for profit organisation committed to the redistribution of surplus food to those experiencing hardship within the community.

Further information: Print-ready images and interviews available on request.

Contact: Pip Carroll e: media@craftvic.org.au t: +61 3 9650 7775 w: www.craftvic.org.au

Currently at Craft Victoria

22 October – 27 November 2010   Gallery 1: Bridie Lunney and Meredith Turnbull explore the interface between jewellery and installation art in Scale Practice.

Gallery 2: Inspired by Calum MacLeod’s roadbuilding quest, Timothy McLeod presents handmade wooden wheelbarrows in Stories through the Barrows.

Gallery 3: Out of the Box – 94 Variations is a sentimental tribute by Alex Selenitsch exploring theme and variation with found die-cut cardboard sheets.

1 November – 4 December 2010 enCOUNTER (24/7 window space): Drawn Quilt is a new collaborative work by Melbourne label Harvest Textiles.

Craft Victoria is supported by the Federal Government’s Australia Council funding; the Victorian Government’s Arts Victoria funding; and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy funding, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Government. 




Project Introduction & Important Volunteering Workshop

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr David Gibb will introduce the Shire’s exciting new volunteer development project Volunteering Mornington Peninsula (VMP)

Following a light lunch James Wilson from Volunteering Victoria will present an essential workshop on key issues in volunteering: 

How modern volunteering is changing

· Dealing with the growing legislative burden

· Dealing with the increasing complexity of governance

· Useful templates provided at the workshop

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and answers

When: 1.00pm – Wednesday 24th November, 2010

Program: 1.00 Project Introduction, 1.30 Light Lunch, 2.00 – 4.00 Workshop

Where: Mornington Library Community Room Shire Offices, Queen Street, Mornington (MEL 104 D10)

RSVP by 19th November

For further information about the workshop to Helen Ridgeway 5950 1223 or ridghv@mornpen.vic.gov.au


The Tallis Foundation and The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust proudly present ‘Halcyon Days The Quest for a Wife‘  A story of the Greek God Helios and his many Muses! 

Brief Story Outline: The muses come to life to find a mortal man asleep at their feet. They remark on his beauty and wonder who he is and how he came to be here. The sisters introduce themselves to him and he tells them that he is Helios the Sun King. He tells them he is looking for a wife to join him in the heavens. He tells the muses that his wife must possess Virtue, Beauty and most importantly Intelligence. Each sister presents her case in her own unique way and in her own unique style. Which one will he choose? Concept created by Cameron Menzies.

The Tallis Foundation and The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust are hosting a most special annual event, Opera in the Garden, set within the beautiful grounds of Beleura House Garden (a Victorian era Italianate Villa on the Mornington Peninsula). This exciting event will showcase the talents of The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust’s bright young stars, with two singers from last year’s memorable performance returning to wow audiences yet again.

Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and afterwards supper, a glass of wine and the opportunity to chat with the cast.

Where: Beleura House Garden

When: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December 2010 at 5pm

Tickets: $75 / $70 concession

Bookings: Beleura on (03) 5975 2027


When:  2pm, Sunday 14 November 2010

Where: Arts Centre Forecourt, St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Celebrate the contribution that artists with a disability make to Victoria’s cultural life! 

 Join us in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts precinct for this free, not-to-be-missed public arts event!  Spread the word, bring your family, bring your friends!

Featuring: BiPolar Bears – performing a set that will rock the Arts precinct!  FOG Theatre – masters of random percussion.

Art Day South installation Woodvale South (Awarded ‘Best Live Art’ Melbourne Fringe 2010)

FOG Theatre – masters of random percussion

The Divine Miss M Emma J Hawkins

Show your support for: Specific funding for artists with a disability! Specific funding for arts companies who want to increase access to their performances and venues! Artists and audiences with a disability face many barriers. These include:

1.Lack of access to arts organisations, funding, facilities, programs and events

2.Lack of affordable, dedicated spaces for art making, presentation and performance

3.Attitudes to the needs, rights and aspirations of people with a disability

We are calling on the Victorian Government to support an injection of $4 million over three years to the arts sector.

Increased funding will address barriers and create opportunities for artists and audiences with a disability.

Victoria is home to one of Australia’s most diverse and vibrant arts communities, but we’ve got a long way to go before people with a disability get to make and enjoy art like other Victorians.

For further information visit our website at artsaccess.com.au

New Header Photograph

For the month of November the Arts Blog will feature Peninsula mural artist and painter Tony Sowersby’s painting titled ‘Heading South on St. Kilda Road’ 2010 Acrylic on Canvas.  The work is part of an exhibition  ‘Our Melbourne/ My Victoria currently on at the Victorian Artists Society [VAS] Gallery at 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne from November 5 – 21.

Peninsula Artist in ‘Our Melbourne/My Victoria’ Exhibition

Tony Sowersby 2010 Acrylic on Canvas, 'Late on Friday Night'


Well known Seaford muralist and printmaker/painter has four recent work on show as part of the “Our Melbourne/My Victoria” exhibition.  

Where:Victorian Artists Society [VAS] Gallery at 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne. 
When: The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm daily from the 5th to the 21st of November.
To see more of Tony Sowersby’s work check out the link below or www.tonysowersby.com.au


As of September 14, 2010 a 10 member group has come together to form the  Mornington Peninsula Music Network

A facebook page has been set up and a web domain name has been established, each with the same name. 

The Mission Statement reads: the Network will ‘encourage, develop, support and adovcate a rich and vibrant music environment on the Mornington Peninsula’.  

 The Network intends to become an Incorporated Association and to attract members to the group in support of Mornington Peninsula music opportunities.   This will also enable the group to apply for local, state and federal funding for innovative music initiatives.   The group has an interest in managing and promoting music events and other initiatives that raises the profile of the Mornington Peninsula’s music sector to the broader public and beyond. 

If you wish to know how you could become involved in Mornington Peninsula Music contact http://artsinfo@artsonthepeninsula.wordpress.com







Annual General Meeting of Music Victoria

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of the state’s peak contemporary music body Music Victoria will be held on Tuesday 16th November 2010. Music Victoria is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit organisation supporting the growth, participation and development of the Victorian contemporary music community. Since the incorporation of the association in March, Music Victoria has consulted with the Victorian music community at open forums and workshops; negotiated an historic agreement with the Victorian government to protect venues and live music; represented our community nationally as part of AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network); advised local councils and both State and Federal government on music strategy; and brokered a deal with City of Yarra that will result in musicians getting access to parking permits in loading bays outside venues. Voting members of Music Victoria are now invited to come along and participate in the association’s Annual General Meeting. Elections will be held on the night for three members to join the Management Committee, who will help shape the direction of the organisation and ensure the association’s goals are achieved. Nominations for these voluntary Management Committee positions must be made in writing and delivered to the Secretary of Music Victoria by Tuesday 2nd November at 5pm. Nomination forms and any additional information regarding the AGM or the association are available from the Music Victoria office via info@musicvictoria.com.au There is still time to get involved – sign up and become a member of Music Victoria. Applications can be made online at http://www.musicvictoria.com.au/become-a-member-of-music-victoria The annual subscription rates are: $33 – Individual member $22 – Concession individual member $66 – Small business / band membership $220 – Corporate member Once approved and fully paid up, you will not only be eligible to vote at the AGM (one vote per individual, band or business) but will continue to support the work of Music Victoria on behalf of the Victorian music community. Be an active participant and have your say in Victoria’s music future!

Patrick Donovan, CEO Ph: 0407 772 657 patrick@musicvictoria.com.au

Bek Duke, Project Officer Ph: 0407 559 353 bek@musicvictoria.com.au

Music In Communities Conference


Music in Communities Network (MICN) are very excited to present a conference in conjunction with the Center for Music Mind and Wellbeing, a new initiative of the University of Melbourne which explores the science behind the effect of music and music making on individual mental health and societal wellbeing.

The conference will be an invaluable opportunity for you to meet with other music makers in your community. You’ll hear great success stories from some wonderful community music champions, and learn the strategies and methods behind their success. You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your own challenges and share your successes with others.

Who Should Attend: Leaders and administrators of community music groups, music therapists, music teachers, those considering starting a music group, local council cultural officers, delegates from cultural centres, conservatoria and music schools, and anyone with a passion for making music happen.

“The best thing for me was that, this day confirmed for me the desire in people for community music. The second best thing was assuring me that there is a network out there that I can call on for help and advice!” – Wollongong conference delegate, May 2010

Early bird Discount: Those who book before Friday 5 November will be eligible for an early bird discount of $10.00.

MICN paid-up members $60 ($50 with early bird discount).
Non-members $85 incl. 1 year MICN membership ($75 with early bird discount).

For further information or to Register Contact Music Play For Life
MBE 148/45 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, VIC 3144
Telephone: 02 4454 3887 or Music Council of Australia website http://mca.org.au