1‘A Woman’s Place’ is an innovative mini-festival celebrating local women’s stories through theatre, music and dance, offering workshops, performances and a film screening to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

Workshops include singing with Ling Marra, contemporary dance with Dianne Reid and autobiographical writing with Andrea Louise Thomas. Making its premiere will be ‘Right Here’, a new theatre work created by Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly, based on stories shared by women living on the Mornington Peninsula. The award-winning film ‘Embrace’ will be screened on International Women’s Day, following a reading by the Peninsula Writers’ Club. 

Where: Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Road, Rosebud 

When: March 4th – 8th 2017 

For further information, visit



The latest copy of the Peninsula’s & Bayside’s most informative music magazine Pearl is available from Our Libraries; Mornington, arts information wall and cafe, Hastings, Somerville & Rosebud.  The mag can also be read online. visit:

PEARL - Issue 024 (Cover)


What:  A celebration of music arts & heritage

When: Queens Birthday Weekend June 7-10

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What:The Sorrento Arts Heritage Weekend

Sorrento is celebrating all things art with some fresh and innovative exhibitions, installations and creations on the weekend of 5-7th October.

The River of 1000 Bowls presented by Studio 13 will see 1000 handmade ceramic bowls installed on Sorrento back beach from dawn to dusk on Saturday, creating a River to the Sea. Bowls for sale at $20 each with all proceeds going to Peninsula Headspace.

The weekend will also see an art show, feature exhibitions at local galleries, Meet the Makers at Oriental Arcade, Guided historic precinct walks, ‘Mannequins Upcycled’ exhibition, launch of Rotary Club of Sorrento Student Shutterbug photographic competition, Sorrento Gallery Trail and Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail

Proudly bought to you and sponsored by Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce and Mornington Peninsula Shire.

When: 5-7 October

Where: A various sites throughout the Sorrento Portsea region.


For further information phone: Natalie Garner 0424 000 391


What: Craft Cubed is our annual festival held across Melbourne and Victoria.

When: Craft Cubed runs from 3 August to 1 September 2012
LAUNCH: 6pm Thursday 2 August 2012, at Craft, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Craft Cubed is our festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. It features exhibitions, open studios and workshops, as well as professional development sessions and our Craft Hatch market at 1000 £ Bend. Thousands of makers, artists and designers participate and attend, and more than 70 venues, studios and galleries are activated for the festival.

While most events in Craft Cubed are FREE, a few keynote events are ticketed and tickets for these events typically sell fast. Bookings are now open for the following four events:

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Our exciting 2012 lineup is now on sale. For our fifth festival we are bringing together some old favourites and new voices, with opera, jazz, baroque and chamber music performed by superb Australian and international artists and accompanied by the best food and wine that the region has to offer.

 Tickets are on sale from 1pm today. Applications are also open for our Friends of the Festival, with benefits including priority booking, an exclusive preview event and free entry to our new “In Conversation with …” series.

Join us between January 3-9 for a celebration of world-class music, food and wine that is at the heart of summer on the Mornington Peninsula.

 Bon appetit!

Julia Fredersdorff

Artistic Director

 Welcome to 2012

 We kick off our fifth festival in style with a Gala Opening at Montalto, featuring the sublime voice of soprano Greta Bradman and ARIA-award nominees Latitude 37. This year’s program evokes  the splendour of Spain’s musical heritage, accompanied by a specially-designed meal and estate wines.

 We bring the 17th century German tradition of Abendmusik back to St Peters Mornington, with vocalists Siobhán Stagg (soprano), German alto Dorothee Merkel, Robert MacFarlane (tenor) and Nick Dinopoulos (bass-baritone). Program highlights include JS Bach’s beloved motet Jesu, meine freude BWV227.

Australian-born violinist Patrick Savage – who held the post of  First Violin of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the past decade – joins us for two performances. He teams up with pianist Donald Nicolson to perform Nuit d’amour at Main Ridge Estate, and with pianist Sally Whitwell for a recital that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of composition for stage and screen.

 We’re delighted to be presenting an opera once again – this year it is Hasse’s 1725 serenata Antonio e Cleopatra. We’ve assembled an all-star lineup for this event, including conductor Richard Divall, soprano Siobhan Stagg as Cleopatra (a role originally written for the legendary castrato Farinelli), Dimity Shepherd (mezzo-soprano) as Antonio, and a chamber orchestra of Australia’s finest baroque musicians led by concertmaster Rachael Beesley. Stay tuned for more details about this highlight event.

 Ironwood Chamber Ensemble make a welcome return – this year performing at our newest venue, Moorooduc Estate, plus a recital at St Johns Flinders featuring Neal Peres da Costa on fortepiano.

 Also new in 2012 is our “In Conversation with …” series, hosted by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence and showcasing three of our artists and their recent and future recording and performing projects. This new series is free for Friends of the Festival.

 And of course we have our Recital Series at St Johns Flinders over the weekend and finish up once again with Twilight Jazz at Montalto. This year we welcome back the inimitable Joe Chindamo Trio to close the 2012 Festival.

 Please visit our website – – for full program and performer details. Tickets go on sale from 1pm on Tuesday 25 October. Many of our venues have limited capacity so we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.


Sorrento Friday 14 2011

The ‘arts alive 2011’ stage toured to Sorrento to complement their ‘Live the Life Fiesta’.

Go Go Sapien and Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos entertained us at the Launch of the ‘Before We Were Project’ (Watch this space).

What  a great evening, the light show by Nic Azides on the Continental Hotel was indeed worth catching.  Beginning at around sunset the dazzling and colourful images created a wonderful slideshow of textures, landscapes, tile patterns  and drawings which seemed to make the ‘Conti’ look almost deco, not the historic sandstone architecture that it is.  The palm trees accentuated the ‘deco’ feel, draping and bending in the wisp of  breeze,  creating beautiful shadows.  I asked Nic to send me some images as he had excellent video and stills equipment to capture his ephemeral work.  Will blog as soon as they come in…..Nic?

It was a balmy spring evening in Sorrento where Peninsula Councillors,  Bill Goodrem, Frank Martin and Antonella Celi and Sorrento’s Tim Rodgers mingled with members of the Sorrento Community to launch the ‘Before We Were Project’.

The children loved it,  delighting audiences with their free-form dancing and playing together.

Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

Mornington Sunday Oct 16

On Sunday Oct 16 the ‘arts alive 2011’ stage visited Mornington for Main Street’s  ‘Food, Wine & Performing Arts Festival’,  to our delight the ‘Monsters2Go’ tent was running hot with children free drawing from the biggest box of  oil pastels I have ever seen, luring drawers from everywhere to make marks and then apply a dark wash over the resist of the oil pastel.  The road-way was alive with chalk drawing with mums and dads assisting their youngsters to draw.

‘Hip Cat’ Circus rolled up with hoola hoops, juggling balls; next year they will bring mats for greater circus fun.

Enhancing the Shire’s portable stage has been a project running from the Theatre Sheds in Hastings to create something a little more pleasing when celebrating local communities.  For this first ‘tour’ it was a bit of a ‘circus’ tent.  (See photo below)

Announcement of winners for the ‘Go Green Poetry Slam’

The Shire wishes to make the stage additions available to community groups for the coming year and I anticipate something different for 2012’s festival.  The artist/industrial designer is creating an Instruction Manual for groups who wish to know how to mount the theatrical staging.   Bookings for the stage additions can be done through

“Thanks for having us”  Sorrento and may the truck stage bring joy and fun to a community near YOU! or Create a truck stage project for your town.

Community members expressed interest in booking the stage for a number of up coming events such as ‘Carols by Candlelight’ and school fairs, for these occasions we might need to change the design work by painting new canvas awnings.  There is great potential to start a an ongoing canvas awning painting project for the ‘touring’ stage.

The aim of adding to the stage elements in partnership with Peninsula communities is to assist in celebrating what it is that is unique about place.

Thanks to the Shire units for supporting the stage enhancement festival project: Peter Gore in Rec & Leisure, Lisa Mills from Festival & Events,  Geoff Carson from Libraries Arts & Culture, Renewable Resources for their arranging the ‘Go Green Slam’ Poetry comp with a membership to Heronswood and the Eco House.  Natalie from the Sorrento Portsea Chamber of Commerce, Jo & Mish from the ‘Before We Were Project’ ,    Christina Nolan & Ree Liddell from Northern Mornington Peninsula Tourism Association (Main Street Festival).    Thanks especially to the arts team; Fingal artist Bryan Baldwin and his son Rhys, volunteer Tim Lovelock and Jane Austin.  Mandy Nelson-Williams and Bob Greaves for your enthusiasm and adaptability to immediately assist children to freely express themselves at Mornington’s Main Street festival.  Thanks to Simon Mills who did a great job as MC on the ‘arts alive 2011’ stage, the musos who looked amazing and seemed to be jazzed at performing on the new and improved stage and last but not least trucker Mark Slocombe and his wonderfully patient family in adapting to the set-up and move-out of the portable stage.

For further information contact Mornington Peninsula Shire Cultural Planner Andrea Ebsworth


Of the many exciting events being planned for the festival in October is the  SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT being held at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington from the 2 – 31 of October. 

The exhibition will highlight craftspeople producing ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, jewellery and metalwork.  For an Application to Exhibit to be sent to you please contact Andrea Ebsworth Cultural Planner, Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1716/0438 051 092 or email


Where: Art Studio on Bentons Rd, Moorooduc, look for the green & orange flag by the fence, close to Moorooduc Hwy, behind Santa’s Place

When: Sunday 23rd January   10am – 4pm cost: $80    limited to 14 people

What you will learn: To make your own colour wheel, addressing values, complementaries, tints, chroma, temperature, balance, weight, triads & many more problems associated with colour

What to bring with you:  your enthusiasm, a palette, 1 canvas, acrylics ( red, blue, yellow, black, white) brushes and lunch

 For further information and bookings contact Margo on 5975 3616      0410 280 711

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 or call 03 9784 1060

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