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March 2018

Reflections 5: Free Lunchtime Recital with Prue Farnsworth

21 March @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Prue Farnsworth – flute Prue will play a program of meditative music for flute. Prue studied classical flute at the Melbourne Conservatorium and the Victorian College of the Arts, gaining a Bachelor Of Music and Post Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music Performance. She was then employed by the University of Tasmania as head flute tutor at the Launceston Campus, giving recitals, directing her own flute orchestra, and composing music for solo flute and electronic digital delay. After several years she moved…

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World Poetry Day 2018

21 March @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate our rich landscape of local poets with an evening of poetry readings hosted by Cameron Lowe. Poems by Diane Fahey, Barry Hill, David McCooey, Brendan Ryan and Maria Takolander feature in Black Inc’s ‘The Best Australian Poems 2017’ and readings that showcase their talent will be shared for your enjoyment.   Bookings: http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/world-poetry-day-2018

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Tim Winton on Lost Boys and Toxic Masculinity

22 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In his only regional Victorian appearance, Word for Word Festival and Geelong Regional Libraries proudly present an exclusive evening with acclaimed West Australian author Tim Winton as he delivers a powerful meditation on lost boys and the riptide of toxic masculinity. With a specially commissioned soundscape and stunning photographic interludes this is an hour long event exploring the declarations and fraught silences that mark the journey to adulthood for so many young men. Join us for a very special experience…

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Clever Living Seminar 2 – Eco Building Materials

27 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Careful selection of building materials can yield significant improvements in the comfort and cost-effectiveness of your home and reduce its environmental impact. Ensure your home utilises healthy building materials and minimises exposure to potentially dangerous substances. Learn about building biology, indoor air quality, electromagnetic radiation, moisture and mould. Presented by Elizabeth Wheeler, Principal of Future Focused Buildings and Raphael Siket, Director of Ecolibria.   Bookings: http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/clever-living-seminar-2-eco-building-materials

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The Royal Banners (Easter Concert)

28 March @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Windfire Chamber Choir and Instrumental Ensemble, conductor – Rick Prakhoff Soloists – Emily Swanson (soprano), Meredith Cox (alto), Miranda Brockman (cello) The title ‘The Royal Banners’, is a reference to the Latin hymn ‘Vexilla Regis’, a popular hymn that was sung during Holy Week. The program includes “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’ by Max Reger, “God so Loved the World ” by Stephanie Martin, “Woman with the Alabaster Box” by Arvo Pärt and a newly commissioned work, “14 Stations…

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April 2018

Geelong’s Best KID Busker Competition

3 April @ 12:00 pm - 14 April @ 2:00 pm

Geelong’s Best KID Busker Competition Heats – Tue 3rd Apr 2018, Sat 7th Apr 2018, Tue 10th Apr 2018 Finals – Sat 14th Apr 2018 Time 12noon till 2-00pm Location: Little Malop St Central – between Yarra St and Moorabool St, Geelong CBD Free Event for all ages To be held in The Easter, School holidays in Litlle Malop St An event for local kids iand youths 3 to 18 years of age in The Geelong Bellarine and Surf Coast…

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GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Circa – Peepshow

11 April @ 8:00 pm - 14 April @ 8:00 pm

Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras. Circa has performed in 39 countries to over one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents, and Geelong is among the first stops for this brand new show before it takes on the world. Explosive and lyrical, watch as Peepshow delights your eyes with dynamic group acrobatics, astonishing solo acts and tantalising duets…

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Richard Allen – More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age

17 April @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Richard Allen as he discussed this sequel to the bestselling ‘Great Properties of Country Victoria’. Visit the private world of thirteen historic Western district properties. Follow their fortunes—extraordinary tales of risk and reward—and through the photographs see the splendour of these beautiful homes that have been lovingly maintained and carefully restored.   Bookings: http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/richard-allen-more-great-properties-country-victoria-western-districts-golden-age

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Musical Mornings Presents A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire

18 April @ 10:30 am - 19 April @ 10:30 am

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the most famous dancer of all times.  Starring Joe Meldrum and Imogen Moore, together with Ben Taylor on piano, A Fine Romance recreates the legendary dance routines of the era and takes the audience from Fred’s humble beginnings on Broadway, all the way to his Hollywood days and on screen romances with his many leading ladies, including…

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Ross McMullin – Never Forget Australia

23 April @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

On the eve of the centenary of the Villers-Bretonneux conflict during World War One, award-winning historian Ross McMullin will recreate the events leading up to and including the Australian troops’ vital contribution; the daring counter-attack that helped turn the corner on the war and fuelled the legend of ‘digger’ bravery.   Bookings: http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/ross-mcmullin-never-forget-australia

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May 2018

Clever Living Seminar 3 – How to Achieve Energy Freedom

8 May @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to have a comfortable home that costs nothing to run and achieves a zero carbon footprint! By combining simple energy efficiency measures with quality electrical appliances and a rooftop solar system, your home can produce more power than it uses. Learn how to reduce your power usage through smart choices for cooling/heating, hot water service, lighting, cooking & appliances, energy monitoring & control, home automation, renewable energy, photovoltaic systems, batteries and new technological advances. Presented by Richard Keech, Author…

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Musical Mornings Presents Frankly Sinatra

23 May @ 10:30 am - 24 May @ 10:30 am

Following the outstanding success of The Great Composers…Australian Music Theatre Star Philip Gould and Award winning singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice team up again to sing and dance their way through 22 hits from the man they called “Chairman of The Board”…Frank Sinatra. The fascinating life story of Frank Sinatra will be told through skilfully written narration and all of this in front of the backdrop of wonderful stills of many of Franks life on the big screen. The show will also…

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GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Bleeding Tree

23 May @ 8:00 pm - 26 May @ 8:00 pm

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house with a bullet. The only issue now is disposing of the body. Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is an Australian murder ballad blown up for the stage, with three strong women fighting back. Throughout, Cerini is writing is powerfully lyrical, bracingly funny and a highly original…

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Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine

26 May @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family. On a good day, George can’t stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she’s mean and she smells funny. On this particular day, Grandma is much more annoying than usual an George has had enough. “George – make me a cup…

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June 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Sense and Sensibility

7 June @ 8:00 pm - 9 June @ 8:00 pm

Kate Hamill’s sparkling adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen on theatrical steroids. In the hands of the State Theatre Company Ensemble it will be a night at the theatre that you won’t want to miss. The newly widowed Mrs Dashwood, under much reduced circumstances, must move herself and her three daughters, the very sensible Elinor, the wild romantic Marianne and the spirited Margaret, from their grand family home to a modest cottage. But reduced social circumstances do not…

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National Celtic Folk Festival

8 June - 11 June

The National Celtic Folk Festival is an annual event held each June long week-end  in Portarlington on the Northern Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong. The festival kicks off on Friday night and runs through until Monday afternoon. The program offers a diverse range of art forms, including Traditional and ‘purist’ expressions of culture, and the evolution of these art forms overtime, along with the many interpretations of Celtic and Folk culture within the Australian setting. Come along to concerts, master classes ,workshops, …

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Musical Mornings Presents Downtown – The Songs of Petula Clark

13 June @ 10:30 am - 14 June @ 10:30 am

Downtown is a hand-clapping, toe-tapping tribute to the woman who at the height of Beatlemania wrestled the Fab Four for the number one position on the music charts – and came out on top!  Melissa Langton, music theatre favourite and star of the internationally renowned girl-group The Fabulous Singlettes, brings us the incredible songs and the fascinating story of one of Britain’s most cherished entertainers – Petula Clark. In the swinging 60’s Petula repeatedly topped the charts in every corner…

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Josephine Wants to Dance

16 June @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A story about dreams, believing in yourself… and a dancing kangaroo.  From the award-winning team behind Pete The Sheep comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you’ll never forget.  Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.  When a ballet troupe comes to the sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there…

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July 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Events

11 July @ 8:00 pm - 14 July @ 8:00 pm

Clair is a charismatic Reverend, a feminist, a lesbian and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts: the lonely, outsiders, strangers – and the privileged, the comfortable. In short, she has built a community. But when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a semi-automatic, this community and the ideas that formed it – are blown apart. The Events is set in a wake of this…

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August 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Season

9 August @ 8:00 pm - 11 August @ 8:00 pm

The Season is a warm and laugh-out-loud comedy about an Aboriginal family who come together each year for the traditional Mutton Bird harvest on Tasmania’s Dog Island.  It is a time for the family to come together, to catch up, to reminisce and to look forward together. But as with any family, tension is simmering just below the surface, and can bubble over with both heartbreaking and hilarious results.  The show is big-hearted, accessible, upfront and honest, providing a fascinating…

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GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Jurassica

29 August @ 8:00 pm - 1 September @ 8:00 pm

Jurassica is a story of family, migration, language and growing old. It is a heart-warming tale, told with humour and pathos and spoken in both English and Italian. It is also about dinosaurs – but not necessarily those from pre-historic times. Ralph and Sara migrated from Tuscany in the 1950s to their concrete-front-yard house in suburban Moorabbin. Their son, Ichlis, never really forgave them for his misunderstood name, and grandson Luca is struggling to talk to his father or grandfather.…

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September 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – The Almighty Sometimes

13 September @ 8:00 pm - 15 September @ 8:00 pm

Anna has been medicated for a range of mood and behavioural disorders for as long as she can remember. Now she wants to know what life would be like without pills and prescriptions. More fulfilling? More exciting? More real? As Anna tries to find out who she really is, her mother, Renee (played by Hannah Waterman), remains determined to protect her. She can’t bear to watch her daughter go through the anguish all over again, to throw it all away…

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October 2018

GPAC’s 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season – Prize Fighter

3 October @ 8:00 pm - 6 October @ 8:00 pm

Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing. Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known. Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he…

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

27 October @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

“and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”  One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.   Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mr. Seahorse and The…

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