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Music Victoria’s annual membership drive kicks off on Monday March 23rd. Sign up or renew to benefit from a range of discounts and go into the running for some awesome prizes, including a signed acoustic guitar, a Virgin Australia Lounge pass, 2 tickets to a gig of your choice at The Corner and a Sailor Jerry prize pack.

Over the last 12 months, Music Victoria membership fees have helped fund the organisation to achieve significant protection and opportunities for the music industry. Music Victoria led negotiations for the world-first implementation of the Agent of Change Principle, which protects existing venues from encroaching development, and achieved red tape cuts for all-age gigs and building code compliance. Music Victoria also played a significant hand in the development of the new State Government’s $22 million Music Works package.

These achievements have made waves overseas and as a result Melbourne has been chosen as one of the Great Music Cities to feature in a Music Canada Report and Music Victoria’s CEO Patrick Donovan will present a case study on Melbourne at the inaugural Music Cities Convention that will open the Great Escape Music Conference in Brighton, UK in May.

After focusing on venues, Music Victoria is now turning its attention to musicians. It is thrilled to announce a new partnership with travel company, Travel Beyond Group. The partnership will ensure touring musician members save thousands of dollars a year through discounts on airfares, accommodation and car hire. Complementing Music Victoria’s existing member benefits the Travel Beyond Group partnership, the offer now includes the below and is also extended to Australian Music Industry Network members:

Discounts on all Virgin Australia fare classes between 7% – 20%

Excess Baggage allowances with Virgin Australia and QANTAS (continued)

Discounted rates and reduced excess on car hire

Multiple drivers, flexible driver age below 25 (over the age of 21 and full licence required)

Online portal to book hotels and apartments at best rate including Quest, Mantra, Oaks, Accor, IHG, Starwood, Crown and other boutique properties both in Australia and internationally.

Music Victoria has also negotiated a partnership with transport service company Uber, which is offering $30 off the first ride for all Music Victoria members signed and paid up by April 2.

Take advantage of these great deals and sign up now to Music Victoria, your independent voice for the Victorian music industry, for as little as $33pa. We’ve got your back.


• $33 – Individual member / $22 – Concession individual member

• $66 – Band membership

• $66 – Non-profit organisations • $150 – Small Business Partner (15 or fewer employees)

• $330 – Venue Partner • $550 – Gold Partner

• $990 – Platinum Partner *Prices are in Australian dollars & include GST

“It’s $66 for a band membership from Music Victoria, which works out to be a 6 pack per band member. Would you be prepared to give that up? I think it’s a no brainer” Matt Young – King Parrot

“Music Victoria are nurturing the future of live music” Dan Sultan



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What:   April Fools Concert

When: Wednesday 1 April @ 2pm and 7pm

Where: Band Complex, HMAS CERBERUS Stony Point Rd, Crib Point
Please note that access to HMAS Cerberus is now  through the gate off South Beach Road, Bittern. *Don’t forget, photo ID is required to obtain entry onto HMAS Cerberus.  Gates will open from 1 pm/6 pm.

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What: From April 1 to 6, some of the best peninsula artists will exhibit in the gallery space of the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre. The Mornington Peninsula Art Show, now in its sixth year, is becoming a key event on the local exhibition calendar.  All profits raised from the exhibition go towards the Rosebud Secondary College Chaplaincy program which offers a variety of pastoral care, and health and wellbeing programs to students. 

The Mornington Peninsula Art Show is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, numerous local businesses, a curatorial team of local artists and dedicated volunteers.  

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said the Shire offers an annual Art Acquisition Award as part of the Mornington Peninsula Art Show.

“The award, now valued at $2,000, is given for the best Mornington Peninsula-themed work, which contributes to a growing collection of outstanding local works that represent the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula. I wish all artists the best of luck at this year’s exhibition,” she said.

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PIC details: Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb pictured with last year’s winner of the Shire’s Art Acquisition Award John Whitelaw and his painting Mount Martha Foreshore, hanging in the Mayor’s office. The Mornington Peninsula Art Show will open at 7pm on Wednesday April 1, and be open daily between April 2 and 6 at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre.  Further details:

In 2014 the Shire acquired Rosebud artist John Whitelaw’s oil painting ‘Mount Martha Foreshore’.

Cr Colomb has chosen John’s painting to hang in her office, and future opportunities for the community to access and view the collection are being developed as part of the Shire’s Arts & Culture Strategy.

 This year’s exhibition will open at 7pm on Wednesday April 1 and will be open daily between April 2 and 6.  The Southern Peninsula Arts Centre is at Rosebud Secondary College, on the corner of Eastbourne and Boneo Roads. Further details:

 For further information please contact Geoff Seletto Rosebud Secondary College on 5986 8595.


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As the first Friday of April falls on Good Friday, the next MOTH will take place on Saturday 4th at Red Hill Pavilion. Lisa Miller and Shane O’Mara are the headline act and will be supported by female singer songwriter Cookie Baker.

Lisa Miller is acclaimed by critics and fans alike throughout Australia as a sublime songwriter, possessed of a blue-eyed, broken-hearted voice which is utterly distinctive. The 9 time ARIA nominee has toured with international artists including Neil Young, Nick Cave, Billy Bragg, Nick Lowe, Alex Chilton, Bert Jansch, Iris Dement, Jonathan Richman and Jimmy Webb. She has received consistent and unanimous praise from reviewers across the board, and earned a place as one of our very finest musical artists. Lisa will be accompanied by long time guitarist and producer Shane O’Mara. Singer songwriter Cookie Baker is a pint-sized force to be reckoned with. She has a heart as big as the raven hair on her head, and she’ll spoil you rotten with heartbreaking tales of lost love, found habits and suddenly finding your best friend REALLY attractive. If you like your toes to curl with pleasure whilst you bawl into your cup of tea (or absinthe).

Doors open at 7pm and tickets can be purchased at

Tasty light platters, local wine and beer will be available. No BYO.

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MOTH will return to our normal format of the first Friday of the month when Liz Stringer and Van Walker with support by Heidi Luckhurst will play on the 1st May.


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What: Easter School Holiday Art Classes

When: March 30th – April 10th (closed Good Friday)

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington,

Contact Oak Hill Gallery on:  T: 03 5973 4299 E:


Cost: $25 per class (includes all materials and a healthy snack)

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What: Come along and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland at the Sorrento Activity Centre.

Where: Sorrento Activity Centre (SAC), 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento 3943

When: Easter Saturday 4th, April 2015

Cost: Free Admission

What’s on: Alice Play’ put on by the S.A.C. Players and the Seaside Singers, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Easter Egg Hunt and a lot of other fun & Games

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What: Peninsula Music Society’s  Season Opener – Flinders Quartet.  Come and celebrate this exceptional Quartet as it enters its second decade.

When: Saturday 21 March @ 7.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre (PCT), Wilsons Road, Mornington

Tickets: $43, $38 Consc (incl seniors), $18 Students Under 25 from Farrells Bookshop, Mornington or Robinsons Bookshop Frankston or Telephone on 9789 8392 or at the door one hour before the concert.

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What:  New Exhibitions at the baker’s  ART GALLERY Balnarring

When: Abstract Paintings and Photography 28 March @ 2pm, Watercolour 25 April @ 2pm, Photography  30 May

Where: the Baker’s ART GALLERY, Cnr Frankston, Flinders Road Balnarring


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What: A free workshop presented by peninsula poet, Andrea Louise Thomas. “Open to anyone who would like to have a go at writing and performing original poetry”.

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Andrea Louise Thomas has been in the State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam three times, as well as being a finalist in Poetry Idol at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival three years running.  Andrea completed an Australian Poetry Café Poet residency at the Mornington Peninsula Library. She’s had numerous poems published in journals and anthologies and has won prizes for poetry. She teaches writing and performing workshops in local schools and libraries. Andrea has appeared on TV and read her poetry on radio. Andrea is Arts Editor of Mint magazine (formerly Pearl Magazine). She has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

How: Participants will learn to identify distinctions between poems best suited for page (reading) or stage (performing). The group will discuss what works best for both formats. Each person in the class will be given time to write two short poems and perform them to the group. Andrea will provide coaching tips for successful performance.  

Where: Frankston Library Long Room 

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm 

Cost: FREE but bookings appreciated. Ring 9784 1020.


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What: McCulloch & McCulloch invite you to attend their AUTUMN SALON + ART PARADE 2015

An exhibition of vibrant Aboriginal art from around Australia with beautiful new works from: • APY Lands (Ernabella, Iwantja, Tjungu Palya & Mimili) • Eastern Deserts (Utopia & Ampilatwatja) • East Arnhem Land (Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala) • Western Desert (Yuendumu, Ikuntji, Papunya Tula) • The Pilbara (Martumili Artists, Spinifex Hill) and more… 

Featuring a dynamic  ART PARADE launch. Part art lecture, part theatre, our Art Parades are a unique concept that provide a lively and informative way of viewing a wide range of Aboriginal art in around an hour. Last year’s Autumn Parade presented a regional survey from around Australia. The level of interest filled the room to capacity and the event was fully booked. 

This year’s Parade is equally comprehensive but relates a different story in exploring the mythologies & stories, regions & styles of more than 80 paintings, barks & sculptures. 

When: Exhibition Opens Easter Saturday-Monday April 4-6 11 am – 4.30 pm  Art Parade April 4 at 2.30 pm.  Followed by opening drinks. Free event: Places limited and bookings essential.

Where: 642 Tucks Road Shoreham

Telephone: 03 59 898 282 or Mobile: 0419 896473 

Bookings: online at


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What: In its 6th Year, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is holding its popular Easter Art Show to raise funds to grow and maintain its vital rescue boat fleet. The Art Show will have over 200 paintings/photographs by local artists and is a fabulous day out for Art lovers on the Peninsula.

Please Note: Due to construction of the new clubhouse the Art Show will POPUP at the Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Centre this year.

Where: Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Centre, 8 William Rd, Blairgowrie

When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 10:00am-5:00pm, Monday 6th April 10:00-1:00pm

Cost:$5.00 Entry. All welcome

Contact: Becky 59888453

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What: In response to the Mornington Cup this month Mornington Peninsula painter Tea Ercoles is exhibiting her paintings titled ‘Horses’. All works are for sale, please contact the artist directly.

Tel. 0403 332 001 – Email:

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When: March 13 – April 17, 2015

Where: Mornington Library, Vancouver Street, Mornington  



What: a photography exhibition –  WITHOUT RHYME OR REASON

Medium: Limited edition photographs (paper & canvas)

Exhibitors: Maree Posthuma (, Rob Nickels, Steve Brown, Maarten Posthuma  

Where: Pier Street Gallery, 7 Pier St, Dromana (ph 5981 8535)

When: every day from Sat March 14 until Sat March 21 


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LYDT are looking for enthusiastic arts minded young people from 15yrs-25yrs to work on a collaborative project with experienced dance and theatre makers from RAWcollective during Terms 2 and 3, 2015.

Sofia Grage-Moore (16yrs), Leah Ferguson (16yrs) and Georgia Rollings (23yrs) are three local young performers involved in an exciting new initiative called LYDT – Loco Youth Dance Theatre. LYDT is dedicated to making collaborative dance & theatre work.

LYDT was founded in 2014 by Mornington resident, Ru Atma, who has had a substantial career in contemporary dance in Europe and Australia, and is also the director of local dance theatre company, RAWcollective.  Atma said “I feel so grateful to have the support of Frankston Arts Centre through the Make ‘n’ Move program. There’s a great arts hub developing in Frankston and we are delighted to be part of it. We are really excited to build a youth performance company in the local area that encourages collaborative making and communication about youth issues.with young people that is relevant, thought provoking and engaging.”

Leah Ferguson, a 16 year old Year 12 student at Mt Eliza Secondary College said “Strong positives for me about being involved in LYDT are the enablement of me as a young person and student to create, move and dance in an expressive way and to be invested in the creation side of the work, an experience usually not available with other types of dance. I would strongly recommend other young people to be involved in LYDT, because it’s a community which supports creativity in young people, providing a great form of exercise and an alternative creative outlet”.

What: LYDT Audition Workshop

When: Friday March 20 from 5pm – 8.30pm

Where: Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre.

This is part of Frankston Arts Centre’s Make ‘n’ Move program, funded by the Australia Government through the Council for the Arts.  Participation in this project will be FREE with a small registration fee that covers LYDT apparel and insurance.

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Where: AT THE GALLERY, MPRG, Civic, Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington 

Bookings and enquiries: 5975 4395 

When:  28 FEB-3 MAY (Gallery closed Mondays)

Design has always affected the way we live.  From furniture, to gadgets, clothing and housing, design’s ability to improve the way we look, move, work and feel has long been evident.  But in recent times, design has increasingly been recognised as a virtuosity that has more to offer the world than simply utility and beauty.  When staring down the barrel of unprecedented planetary challenges, design’s true potential is revealed: it can show us a better future.

Special Events

DESIGNER TALK /  AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, M’TON / WED 11 MARCH / 5.30PM FOR 5PM-7PM / TO BOOK: 5975 4395   Architect, Chris Bosse, envisions a future world where buildings are intelligent and responsive to external influences like air pressure, temperature, humidity, air pollution and solar radiation. As co-founder of the architectural firm, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), Bosse explores new frontiers for architecture by combining future technologies with the principles behind naturally occurring systems. Discover how Bosse studies the underlying design principles found in nature – soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs – to inspire new possible structures.


Long term climate educator, Ella Boyen was trained by Al Gore in 2007–09. She is the founder and manager of Chooktopia and entrepreneur of several small businesses. Join Ella at The Briars Eco Living Display Centre as she talks about building and retrofitting a sustainable house on a budget, what materials to use and how design can equal sustainability. Where do we start to make the greatest impact on your family’s comfort and the environment? Should we really be turning off the power point before going to bed? What’s the latest design function in home lighting and water saving options?


Many people opt out of wearing or using their medical devices because they are perceived to be unattractive and come with a litany of social stigmas. Learn how Designer Leah Heiss has created clinical medical devices as highly covetable design objects – albeit with better technical capability than their predecessors. Heiss removes the stigmas of ‘disability’ and ‘disease’ by combining treasured jewellery with medical technology; giving the things we love and cherish the power to keep us alive, to heal and make us well.


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Save the date: Satisfying our Cultural Needs – How to Engage with Cultural Tourism   What is Cultural Tourism? How can it be utilised to help promote your arts practice? The industry of Cultural Tourism encompasses a range of different elements within a community including arts, lifestyle, history, architecture and traditional indigenous cultures. Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forum in Lake Boga will explore the definition of Cultural Tourism and look at ways to highlight the experience of arts and culture in your regional area whilst sharing ideas on how better to promote your arts practice and engage in the market. More information on the day’s events will be sent out soon, but for now save the date!

When: Friday 27 March, 2015 from 9.30am – 5.30pm

Where: Flying Boat Museum, Lake Boga

RSVP: Places are limited so please RSVP to Gabriella Calandro at or phone: (03) 9644 1809.

This is a free event.


What: In its 6th Year, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron holds a popular Easter Art Show to raise funds to grow and maintain its vital rescue boat fleet. The Art Show will have over 200 paintings/photographs from local Artists and is a fabulous day out for Art Lovers on the Peninsula. Due to construction of the new clubhouse, the Art Show will POPUP at the Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Centre this year.

Where: Blairgowrie Senior Citizens Centre, 8 William Road, Blairgowrie

When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 10:00am—5:00pm, Monday 6th April 10:00am- 1:00pm

Cost: $5 Entry. All Welcome Contact: Becky 59888453


What: Water to Water Festival  BAANY To WARRNA NGARGEE

When: 21 March 2015.  Gates open at 2pm for a 2.30pm start through to about 9.30pm. 

Where:  The Briars, Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula

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