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July 2017

Naturally Precious

21 July @ 11:00 am - 6 August @ 4:00 pm

An invited group exhibition inspired by nature. Mark Trinham – paintings of our local indigenous wildlife, Alice Ewing – needle felted local endangered creatures, Caroline Hawkins – woven local endangered creatures, Sand Whisperers – photography of their ephemeral sand creations, Joan Duval – botanical watercolours, Pater Day – sculpture created with found objects in the environment and Suzanne Davies – sculptural dream catchers created out of gifts from the environment. Open daily at the Art Space 11-4 0400 436 308…

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Diary of a Wombat

24 July @ 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine. Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story…

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Diary of a Wombat

25 July @ 10:00 am

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine. Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story…

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Diary of a Wombat

25 July @ 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine. Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story…

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Dr Bernadette Brennan – A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

25 July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work. Join the author and academic Dr Bernadette Brennan in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander as they discuss the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters.

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Brendan McAloon – Sharks Never Sleep

26 July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Brendan McAloon is a reformed journalist and television producer. He established Rip Curl’s Search TV series, co-produced Mick Fanning’s award-winning biopic surf film and was a television producer for professional surfing’s World Championship Tour. In his new book, Sharks Never Sleep, he shares the stories of scientists, conservationists and a host of eccentric characters. Settle in for some gripping first-hand shark encounters.

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Around the World in 80 Days

28 July @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ELLIS PRODUCTIONS A transcontinental race against the clock Starring Ian Stenlake, as you’ve never seen him before and Pia Miranda who portray a cast of thousands in this madcap adaptation of Verne’s globetrotting classic, bringing to life sea storms, police chases and even elephant rides. Phileas Fogg is determined to win a wager that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, together with his faithful man servant Passepartout. Hot on their heels, convinced Fogg has committed a bank robbery…

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Writing Workshop with Julie Maclean

29 July @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  Sat July 29 1:00-4:30 pm $30 Belmont Library, 163 High Street,                                                 Belmont, VIC 3216 Bookings here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=298534 Sharpen your senses. Free the imagination. Find the real you in your writing. Through writing activities to inspire, read the best writing, create your own works in an encouraging environment. Experience how reading a poem aloud helps you edit your work.…

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August 2017

Bethany Arthouse Film Festival screening: Monsieur Mayonnaise

1 August @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bethany Arthouse Film Festival in Geelong. Film four: MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE (Australia)    Film screening followed by Audience Q&A with crew members The Moras are well known in Melbourne for their work in contemporary art and bohemian eateries. Less known however, is their story before moving to Australia in 1951… As artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora works to produce a graphic novel about his late father, Georges Mora, an intriguing story unfolds. Georges was not in fact French,…

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GPAC’s Musical Mornings – A Tribute to Bing Crosby

2 August @ 10:30 am - 3 August @ 10:30 am

Harry Lillis ‘Bing’ Crosby was arguably the most popular recording artist of the 20th Century. White Christmas and Silent Night still top sales charts at over 50 million and 30 million respectively. Bing’s career commenced in the 1920s as one of the ‘Rhythm Boys’ and he later moved into his definitive crooning style as a soloist where he became a household name in the 30s and 40s. The Syncopators will showcase these formative periods, leading into excerpts from his Road to…

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The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

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

FINUCANE & SMITH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HER MAJESTY’S BALLARAT In 1855 the wildest showgirl Lola Montez toured Australia. The scandal is legend. From Patrick White Playwright Award winner Jackie Smith and world-famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of one of the world’s most adventurous women. Lola Montez horse-whipped the editor of the Ballarat Times – for a bad review. Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels.…

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The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

4 August @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia. The scandal is legend. From Patrick White Playwright, Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez. She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest, dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets…

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The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

5 August @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In 1855, the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez, toured Australia. The scandal is legend. From Patrick White Playwright, Award Winner Jackie Smith and world famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, Lola Montez. She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review). Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand. Escaped arrest, dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets…

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Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow

7 August @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Geelong Performing Arts Centre will be hosting the Arts Wellbeing Collective Roadshow on Monday 7 August from 1pm to 4pm. Geelong Performing Arts Centre is one of six regional centres that has been selected to present a three hour workshop comprising key modules from the full Arts Wellbeing Collective program. The workshop is targeted at everyone who works in the performing arts in any capacity – management, front of house and back of house staff, and performing artists including actors, dancers, and musicians.…

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Kings of Croon

9 August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tickets available from the Box Office, (03) 5232 2077 TUXEDO-clad stars of stage and screen Scott Irwin, Derek Metzger and Ian Stenlake will perform a classic Vegas-style show with a contemporary twist. Enjoy their velvety deliveries of Save the Last Dance for Me, Summer Wind, Mack the Knife, Speak Softly Love and Beyond the Sea, made famous by Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and many more. There will be classics like Unchained Melody, Can’t Help Falling in Love, John Legend’s…

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Lia Hills – The Crying Place

9 August @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Crying Place has been described as a haunting, luminous novel about love, country and the ways we grieve. Join critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and translator, Lia Hills, in conversation with Maria Takolander, as they explore the fascinating research undertaken and her experiences in remote communities while writing the book.

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Chamber Choir of St. Georg Nördlingen – In Concert

10 August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Music of German Choirs from 1500 to 2000 – Bach, Pachelbel, Schütz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Reger, Biebl, Deutschmann and others. The choir consists of 30 to 45 experienced singers from Nördlingen and surrounding areas.  Their repertoire covers a capella choral music from the early Baroque to present, as well as larger orchestral works such JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Tickets from www.trybooking.com/QCRG or at the door

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SURF COAST ARTS TRAIL

12 August @ 10:00 am - 13 August @ 4:00 pm

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Surf coast Arts Trail is coming up again in August. An event designed to promote and encourage artists of all styles and levels who have a connection to the Surf Coast. This year will see 46 artist’s studios and other creative venues open their doors to invite the public in for a weekend of getting up close to the artistic process. The hinterland part of the trail has 6 new venues this year;…

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GPAC’s 2017 Love Central Geelong Family Magic Program Presents Diary of a Wombat

12 August @ 12:00 pm

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between…

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Soul Sister Swing

15 August @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

After more than 30 years of delighting audiences across Australia, the Bellarine and Surf Coast’s favourite swingers are back at the Shed! This time they will be playing all your favourites from the 40’s. These girls always get the audiences dancing in the aisles, get in early for tickets on this one. Tickets can be booked at any of our Customer Service Centres or purchased by credit card over the phone.

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Alli Sinclair – Beneath the Parisian Skies

15 August @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join award winning local author Alli Sinclair as she discusses the research journey she undertook for her new release, Beneath Parisian Skies. Learn more about the Australian National Gallery’s collection of Ballet Russes costumes and designs by Matisse, Picasso and Coco Chanel.

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Bakersfield Mist

16 August @ 8:00 pm - 19 August @ 8:00 pm

Is the true value of art in the eyes of the beholder? Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an opp shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no…

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Tapestry

16 August @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

GROWS ON TREES PRODUCTIONS Vika Bull & Debra Byrne sing the Songs of Carole King From the producer/director that brought you the smash hit At Last: The Etta James Story, comes Tapestry. The beautiful songs of legendary artist Carole King performed by two of Australia’s most loved vocalists Vika Bull and Debra Byrne, along with The Brill Band. Tapestry was released in 1971 and is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide.…

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My Emma – A One Act Play by Lise Rodgers

17 August @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“… for my next, I have taken a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”Jane Austen 1814 To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “Emma” in 1816, this charming one act performance reveals a more mature Jane Austen, quietly confident in her abilities as a novelist as she turns 40, finally assuming an active role in managing her own affairs. Based on her letters of the period and the novel itself, this beautifully costumed…

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In conversation— Lisa Sullivan and the winner of the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print award

18 August @ 11:00 am - 11:45 pm
2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards

Explore the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards with Curator, Lisa Sullivan, in conversation with this year’s main prize winner. This nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition features entries from around Australia by established and emerging printmakers. The winner will be announced on Friday 18 August. This is a free event, no bookings required.

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The Harbour Agency Presents: ABBAsolutely Fabulous

18 August @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Award winning entertainers Rhonda Burchmore, OAM and Lara Mulcahy reunite this May for their hilarious new concert, ABBA-SOLUTELY FABULOUS!  It’s their first live outing together since they appeared in the musical theatre smash, MAMMA MIA, through 2009/2010. 2017 also marks 40 years since ABBA caused a sensation when they toured Australia for the first time, beginning a love affair with Aussie fans, which endures to this day.  The group’s global hits remain on the top of every feel good party…

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In conversation—Jason Smith and Lyn Williams

19 August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fred Williams You Yang Pond 1963

Join Geelong Gallery Director, Jason Smith and Lyn Williams AM, widow of the late Fred Williams, in conversation discussing the ground-breaking paintings, drawings and etchings that represent the turning point in Fred Williams’s work and legacy as demonstrated in Geelong Gallery exhibition, Fred Williams in the You Yangs. Bookings are essential, visit In conversation—Jason Smith and Lyn Williams.

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By the Waters of Babylon – Australian Chamber Choir

20 August @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept … As for our harps, we hanged them up upon the trees that are therein. For they that led us away captive required of us then a song, saying “Sing us one of the songs of Sion” “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” Many composers have set this heart-wrenching text, telling of the exile of a people from their homeland. JS Bach sets the poem as a solemn hymn,…

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The Arrival

22 August @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land. Will he find a place to live? Will he find a job and make friends? Most of all, will Aki ever see his family again? The absence of words not only makes this story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation experienced by many people arriving in a new place. The Arrival is a…

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Free Stand-up Comedy Class

22 August @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You’re a funny person. At least that’s what people tell you. You’ve been wanting to try your hand at stand-up comedy, but don’t know where to begin. You know comedy is an art, but there must be some ‘golden rules’, right? Join us on Tuesday, August 22 at Beav’s Bar for a FREE workshop on stand-up comedy, and have all your questions answered. You’ll get to meet stand-up comedy veteran and comedy teacher, and learn the ‘Normal-Normal-Twist’ and ‘Random Word’ joke generation.

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