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What: You say you can’t sing? Well no need to worry here, everyone is welcome and encouraged to sing together just for fun.
Absolutely all ages, abilities and stages welcome.

If the group takes off, the Rye Beach Community Centre would like to keep running these sessions ongoing so get on board and SING in a fun, friendly and supportive community environment.

Where: Rye Beach Community Centre, 27 Nelson St, Rye

When: Fridays from July 15 – Sept 9 (Term 3 1.15 to 2.30pm)

Costs: Just $2 per session including a cuppa. (You do need to be a member of the Community Centre which incurs a $10 fee annually in order to use the centre)

For more information:  Email or call 5985 4462




What: The Arts Party is standing 20 candidates at the 2016 Federal Election – 13 Senate candidates across all states and 7 standing for the House of Representatives in NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS. Those seats are Bennelong, Dunkley, Franklin, Longman, Petrie, Warringah and Wentworth.

Additionally, Margaret Pomeranz and Peter Phelps have joined and added their endorsement this week, joining Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Ben Quilty, Lex Marinos and Geraldine Turner among others, in supporting our purpose and principles at this election and beyond. Further endorsements will be released shortly.

We are a principle-driven party, without ideology that wants to introduce an independent Senator for the Arts to our democracy, a new voice and sensibility looking to work with all sides, on win-win solutions that improve the lives of every Australian. We’ve enough lawyers, accountants and lobbyists in our parliaments.


  • We are less than 2 years old, have almost 2500 paid members, and are the only party in Australia to be crowdfunded into existence. We also crowdfunded again in May 2016 to stand our current candidates. Popular support created and sustains us.
  • We are the only party in Australia dedicated to encouraging a more creative, cultural, educated and prosperous life for every Australian. We are the only Arts Party in the World.
  • We are a MAJOR REASON why the Arts is a significant issue at this election.
  • Our National Cultural Policy includes mandatory music education (instrument learning and group singing) for all primary state school students, free entry to all government funded museums and galleries below the age of 21 and over the age of 65, and the Arts placed at the centre of the Innovation Agenda. Policies available, covering many ways to improve (and pay for) our shared future as Australians.
  • We share all our policy ideas with all other parties in the hope they will adopt some.  The Greens adopted and credited some of our ideas in their latest arts platform. Others have borrowed without acknowledgement, but that’s fine!


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What:  International speaker Martin Ellis, a renowned radio and television broadcast and a curator at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, will talk about the re-creation of Aston Hall, one of the finest Jacobean Country houses in England, into a country house museum.

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Where:  Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When:  Friday,July 8 from 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Cost to non-members: $20.

Enquiries and Booking Contact: 9787 2092



craft council logo 2013What: CRAFT’S ALL DAY SEMINAR

When: Monday 22 August 2016, 10am-5pm
Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Cost: $45 Craft Members & groups of 10+ / $90 non-members

Craft is happy to announce our annual seminar as part of Craft Cubed Festival 2016.  We are proud to be able to offer attendees tickets for a whole day’s worth of valuable inspiration and information for a fraction of the cost of other arts conferences with full-price tickets under $100.

Members and groups of 10+ are able to take advantage of half price tickets while they are still available.

Craft and Design as a Career is Craft’s annual day-long professional development seminar for students, artists and designers, led by inspiring artists and industry experts.

This immersive day gives craft and design practitioners and students an inspirational boost with a range of experienced and informative speakers who together provide advice, stories, philosophies and unique perspectives on different working methodologies.

Hear speakers across a range of experiences and disciplines – with a focus on those with varied, interesting, organic, twisty career journeys and niche knowledge banks.

Innovative thinkers and notable speakers – makers, designers, artists and curators featured in this year’s program  include :


Liane Rossler
An artist, designer, curator and creative advisor on issues relating to art, design and the environment. Recent work includes Superlocalstudio, Here and Now, Happy Talk and Supercyclers – projects focused on clever and beautiful sustainable design practice. Liane was also co-founder, and former designer and director of Dinosaur Designs for 25 years.

Amanda Dziedzic
Melbourne based glass blower with an affliction for all things green. Heavily invested in the shape and colour of things, keen patter of cats.
Undertaking her training at Jamfactory as an associate in glass, Amanda Dziedzic has been blowing glass and running her professional practice for 10 years. This year marks her two year milestone of practicing full time as an artist.

Claire Rosslyn Wilson
A poet, nonfiction writer and researcher with professional experience working in Thailand, Singapore and Australia, she is a regular writer for Art Radar and Culture360 and has co-written the book Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015).  She is currently part of Craft’s Writers’ Program.

Kitiya Palaskas
A designer specialising in the creation of props, installations, sets and imagery using craft-based techniques. She has produced work for Sportsgirl, Peter Alexander, Lego,  Lily Allen, Etsy, Kikki-K and others across the advertising, entertainment and retail industries. Alongside her commercial work Kitiya produces a playful product range exploring her love of colour, pattern and bold silhouettes.

Hannah Presley
A Melbourne based curator, developing creative projects with Aboriginal artists. Hannah learns directly from artists techniques, history and community that informs their making to guide her curatorial process.  She is currently the Aboriginal Projects Coordinator at Craft Victoria, engaging Victorian Aboriginal artists to develop work for both the Craft exhibition and retail space. And is the new Curatorial Assistant, (First Nations) Venice Biennale 2017.

Phil Ferguson
Since August 2014, as a way of connecting and making new friends in Melbourne.  Phil Ferguson has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media plat form Instagram with an overwhelmingly positive response.  Since then he has now over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself.

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Image: ‘Root Vegetables’ glass by Amanda Dziedzic


Boo & Bear designs logoWhat :  Join us for a 3-hour workshop and learn the addictive craft of weaving!boo 4  You will learn how to warp your own loom, experiment with a variety of weaving techniques, create patterns & shapes, and hang your woven creation for display!

All participants will get their own loom to continue their newly acquired skills at home as well as the tools they will need for basic weaving.

We also supply beverages and a tasty snack while you weave the day- or night – away!

Where: The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington

When : Sunday 10 July 9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $130

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Enquiries: Contact Lauren via email                                    or phone 0407 644 396


What: Get the kids involved in learning the craft of weaving during the school holidays.

In this 2 hour workshop they will learn how to warp their own loom, experiment with a variety of weaving techniques, create patterns & shapes, and hang their woven creation for display!

Boo 3All participants will get their own small loom to continue their newly acquired skills at home, as well as the tools they will need for basic weaving.   This workshop is suitable for children from the age of 8–18yrs.

*All facilitators hold a current Working With Children Check.

Where: 66 Barmah Street, Mount Eliza 3930

 When: Wednesday 6 July 10am–12pm

Cost: $50          

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 Enquiries: Contact Lauren via email at                               or phone 0407 644 396



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What: Learn how to make your very own polymer clay necklace in this 2 hour workshop. You will be shown a variety of mixing techniques and how to add texture & other effects to beads.  Each participant will complete an eight-bead necklace to take with them at the end of the workshop.

bOO DESIGNS 1UntitledThis workshop is suitable for children from the age of 8yrs.  Adults are welcome to participate in the workshop too as the same skills are taught!

*All facilitators hold a current Working With Children Check.

Where: 66 Barmah Street, Mount Eliza 3930

When: Thursday 30 June 10am–12pm & Wednesday 6July 1pm–3pm

 Cost: $30    

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 Enquiries: Contact Lauren via email at                phone 0407 644 396

What: Get the kids involved in learning the craft of weaving during the school holidays. In this 2 hour workshop they will learn how to warp their own loom, experiment with a variety of weaving techniques, create patterns & shapes, and hang their woven creation for display!
Boo 3All participants will get their own small loom to continue their newly acquired skills at home, as well as the tools they will need for basic weaving.

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When: Thursday 30 June 1pm–3pm &  Wednesday 6 July 10am–12pm

Cost : $50                                                      Go to to book


FAC_logo- 2012 1What:  Enjoy a great night out with this heartbreaker duo playing country and folk songs. Miles and Simone are a music act with a difference.  Their lilting melodies and harmonies will sweep you away.  Miles and Simone boast immaculate harmonies and magic chemistry mixed with lyrical warmth and originality that make them a compelling duo, and the perfect night out.

Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston

When: Friday 22 July, 8pm

Tickets: Member $40, Full $45, Conc $42, U30 $30, Splash card $25


Enquiries:  Contact  Lucinda Bertram, Phone 03 9768 1362 Email
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What: The Balnarring Village Common group are hosting a Winter Solstice Dance – Jive, Swing & Rock & Roll with live band No Standing

When: This Friday 17 June from 7pm to 11.30pm

Where: Balnarring Hall, Frankston Flinders Road, Balnarring

Bookings essential: Phone Bob on 0408 597 704 of Jenny on0479 007 454



What: Children’s School Holiday Art Workshops

When: Tue 28 June @ 9:30-11 am  for 5-7 year olds and from 12-1.30 pm  for 8-12 year old.   Wed 29 June  @ 9:30 -11 am for 5 – 7 year olds and 12-1 .30 pm for 8-12 year old.

Where: “The House”  18 Pitt Street Mornington

Bookings Essential: Phone 0409 138 517


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FAC_logo- 2012 1What: Seen by more than half a million people worldwide the international theatre sensation Shadowland, direct from the USA returns to Australia with their enchanting tale of illusion and dance.

 Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston

 When: Date:  Tuesday 16 August from 7:30pm to 8:55pm

Tickets: Member $82, Full $89, Conc $84, Family (4) $240, Grp 8+ $84

 Enquiries:  Email



FAC_logo- 2012 1What:  One of William Shakespeare’s most famous and passionate tragedies, Othello will be directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Peter Evans, in a gripping production that will touch audiences to their core, as envy is a weapon wielded with brazen savagery, and the complex contradictory nature of humanity is tested.

Where: Frankston Arts Centre, 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston

When: Thursday  4  Aug (One night only) 7.30pm

Tickets: Member $55, Full $66, Conc $62, U’30yrs $30, Grp10+ $57
School Groups $17, Splash card $25


Enquiries:  Email Phone (03) 9784 1060

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Logo 2What: Studio Sorrento is presenting a 9 x 5 Art Exhibition.

The first Australian 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition was an art exhibition held  in Melbourne in 1889 at  Buxton’s Rooms on Swanston Street and featured 183 works. A majority of the paintings were by the Australian Impressionists Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton.  The exhibition was named for the dimensions of the paintings— 9 by 5 inches (23 cm × 13 cm), the size of a cigar box lid upon which many of the works were painted— and the Impressionist inspiration for the works.

Where: At the SOrrento Activity Centre, 823 Melbourne Road Sorrento,  Victoria

When: 11  June – 13  June 2016

Entry: $2.00


Enquiries: Phone Ruth Denton  on 0418 100 373


This is a collage of Sorrento made up by 9 x 5 Paintings by the Studio Sorrento Artists.  The original was put together by Sorrento Photography Group Art Exhibition


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What: Music After Dark Series – due to the closing of Mornington Library over the Jazz Festival Weekend the ever popular Music After Dark Series will be held at the Mornington Bowls Club for 2016

When: Saturday 11 June @ 7pm & Sunday 12 June @ 7pm

Where: Mornington Bowls Club 767 Esplanade Mornington

Enquiries: Mornington Chamber of Commerce Phone: 5975 4522

Bookings Essential – Tickets: 

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Derinya logoWhat:  DACE is a popular event on the Melbourne art scene and it’s back for its 41st year, featuring over one thousand pieces for sale, including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramic works, glass creations, clothing and jewellry.

Come along to DACE 2016 and see what’s new and exciting in the world of these innovative and talented creatives.

Where:  Derinya Primary School, Overport Road, Frankston South

When:  Opening Night Friday 15 July from 7:30 to 10.00pm,  Sat 16 July 10am – 5pm &
Sunday 17 July 10am – 4pm

Tickets: Opening Night $25 (includes complimentary drink & canapes) $5 weekend entry


Contact:  Phone: 9787 3633 Email:

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What: the Arts & Culture Newsletters can be found and passed on via the following link

Let us know what you think of our ‘zine’.  Send us details of Spring and Summer Events as there will be an Arts & Culture What’s On Section in the next issue.

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Rosebud Plaza Creative HubWhat:  FREE School Holiday Arts Activity for children and youth 6 – 16 years of age.  Canvas banner painting with  well-known peninsula artists Judi Singleton & Peter Ferguson.
Come along and be part of this exciting creative opportunity at the Rosebud Plaza.  The finished artwork will hang on the walls of the Plaza.

When: Wednesday June 29 – 2 July daily from 10am until midday.

Canvas painting Mornington 2014Where: Rosebud Plaza Shopping Centre (in front of the Target Store)

What to bring: painting smock or wear clothes that will get permanent textile paints on them.

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Pastel-Society--flyerWhat: Pastel Society of Victoria – Pastel Portrait Demonstration from a Model by Cathy Van Ee
When:  6 June @ 7.30pm

Where: Monash Hall, Mt Waverley Community Centre, Miller Crescent, Mt Waverley

Contact:  Phone 0428 093 699


Cost: $5 No booking required

What: Camberwell Art Show-Oil Portrait Demonstration from a Model by Cathy Van Ee

When: Mon 11 July @ 2.30pm

Where: Swinburne University, Hawthorn

Entry: $10 or concession $5

For further information contact: Email:



The DetonatorsWhat:  The Detonators with special guests Greg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men.

Formed in August 1997, and based in Melbourne Australia the hard working quartet known as The Detonators have become Australia’s kings of roots rock n roll.

Their original music to which all members contribute is best described as a lethal combination of rockabilly, blues and early rock n roll. The Detonators have toured to all corners of Australia and through all the major blues and roots festivals nationally and throughout Europe.

With six CD’s in their arsenal they have recently had their music on the film “Charlie and Boots” as well as the Australian TV series Underbelly and American TV series De Grassi High. Cold Chisel have labelled The Detonators as their favourite band and have used The Detonators as support act at their sold out Rod Laver arena gigs. Dancing shoes, listening ears and drinking arms are compulsory for any good time Detonators show.

Where: Grand Hotel, 124 Main Street Mornington

When: Friday 17th June 2016, 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 BF Online | $20 at the door


For all enquiries & bookings: Grand Hotel, (03) 5975 2001 or
The PRetty LIttlesWhat:  The Pretty Little’s with special guests Guerrilla Funk & Kite Machine

We really like The Vasco Era, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Pixies, they are probably responsible for our attempt at rock, garage and indie music. In 2012 after our second EP we played 113 gigs. But we sold out Ding Dong/Tote shows and supported the likes of Vasco Era, The Mess Hall, The Cribs, The Fumes and The Datsuns…Then we got a little burnt out and took a break for half a year. Everyone went overseas or did uni and it was a nice little time for thinking. In the end it lead to our first LP called ‘Mash’.

We recorded ‘Mash’ with the great Alex ‘Rudie’ Markwell of The Delta Riggs. He once wrote a song for Keith Urban, but Kief didn’t like it. (Suck eggs Rudie). We called our baby Mash because she was a big ol’ mix of scrappy rock and roll, a bit of scrappy punk, some scrappy ballads and some other genres that I can’t think of right now. We then toured her round Australia (even Darwin) and some people said some nice things, including FasterLouder – “The Pretty Littles have a knack for penning catchy economical songs that end before they outstay their welcome”. We love em.

In 2014 we started recording again, this time with Neil “The” Grey. Rather than doing everything over a couple of weekends, we took a little longer and ended up with 8 tracker, ‘Gospel’. Lyrically, it plays on a concept that moves somewhere between being a kid in control and being an adult lost. It is about the transition from being self-centered, to self-aware, and back again. It’s about what actually means something, but what doesn’t. The music is reminiscent of every other release as it moves somewhere between dumb shit punk, rock and roll and pop. Once released, ‘Gospel’ had plenty of nice people saying nice things, Kill Your Stereo – “songs that throw punches without losing the Australian edge that characterises their swings”, which in turn has made feel nice.  Right On!

When: Friday 8th July 2016, 8:00pm

Tickets: $12 BF Online | $15 at the door

WhatGrand Live Stand Up Comedy & Open Mic Night Featuring Queenie, Katie Breheny and CJ Fortuna4 slots available register your interest now please apply via email to

CJ Fortuna  – with five Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows under his belt, including a Moosehead Award in 2000 for his comedy musical Rockothello, CJ has firmly entrenched himself in the Australian comedy scene.  CJ made his television debut in 1997 playing a nerdy ventriloquist on Neighbours. Since then he has worked on a variety of short films, TV commercials regular guest roles on Blue Heelers and Stingers most recently writing and performing on channel seven’s Hamish and Andy.

In Melbourne, his dry wit has featured on local commercial radio stations including Nova breakfast with Hughsie, Kate and Dave. CJ is also the 2006 winner for The Comedy Channel Short Film Festival with his film “Jonathan Livingston C.E.O.


One half of the glamorous duo Ron and Queenie Kent (of “Some say we Can, We say we Kent” circa 1950’s) Queenie is a showgirl, she may or may not have worked in the following places: the West End, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, off & on Broadway and lastly The Swagman, Ferntree Gully

Queenie tells it like it is and often with more information than is necessary – in her own words, she’s an “Over Sharer”.  She’ll sing, dance and give advice, whether you want her to or not!!

When: Thursday 28th July 2016, 8:00pm

Tickets:  $12 BF Online | $15 at the door


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What:  Mick Thomas & the Roving Commission with special guests Rich Davies & The Low Road.  Balladeer and poet, folk and pub-rock hero Mick Thomas continues to ignite the party with his unique mix of folk, roots and country. Along for the ride on his ‘Mid Winter Hit Out’ shows this July are mainstays of The Roving Commission: fellow Weddings Parties Anything piano-accordionist Squeezebox Wally, drummer to the beat Dave Folley, and hot new kid on the block bass-player Michael Hubbard.

Special guest is Rich Davies and The Low Road will peel back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose Old-Time Folk, Americana and Celtic bones.

Anyone who has witnessed just how quickly a ticket to Mick’s shows can sell out will know to get in quick!

When: Friday 29 July 2016 @ 8:00pm

Tickets: $30 BF Online | $35 at the door