Arts program unveiled

Left: Tash York’s Happy Hour is headed to Kyneton in May. Right: Tim Rogers is among the lineup for the inaugural Live and Local series.

A new jam-packed program of arts and entertainment has been revealed for the Macedon Ranges. 

Tickets are now on sale for a diverse mix of performances and activities ranging from iconic musical acts and laugh-out-loud comedy, through to inspiring theatre performances and creative workshops. 

The program kicks off in February with Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks playing live at the Kyneton Town Hall and celebrating 50 years of hits, including all of the Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock favourites. 

In March, the Kyneton Museum will launch Unmasked, an exhibition on loan from Her Place Women’s Museum Australia, which celebrates nursing and midwifery in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria and beyond. 

Throughout April, local bands and artists will perform in the inaugural Live and Local series across the shire’s community halls, as part of the 2024 Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival. 

Featuring You Am I’s Tim Rogers, Juliarna Clark, The Whiskey Rogues, Valley Road and more, and complemented by local wines and food trucks, this is a series of events not to be missed. 

Children can get creative during the April school holidays with the Creative Kids School Holiday Program, where they can join a hands-on collaboration ‘Kids Creative Building Jam’ facilitated by artist and designer Anna Åkerlund over five separate interactive workshops. 

Those keen to be part of a community collaboration can join the Heart Songs Community Choir Project where, under the guidance of choral leader Andrew Price and local Malmsbury singer/songwriter Lucy Wise. 

Participants will learn a repertoire of songs over a 10-week period culminating in a special live performance at Kyneton Town Hall. A free singing workshop and sign-on day will be held in April. 

May will welcome back the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as Tash York’s Happy Hour: a raucous and rowdy show combining drag with music and outrageously funny cabaret. 

In July, be inspired by Garage Girls – a theatre production set in 1920s Melbourne, which tells the story of Alice Anderson: the trail-blazing, pioneering, go-getting founder of Australia’s first all-girl garage. 

Presented by Three Birds Theatre and The Shift Theatre, Garage Girls is also included on the VCE Playlist for Drama Unit 3 in 2024. 

The July school holidays bring another interactive workshop for children with Shadowland a workshop for children to design, create and play with their own shadow creature inside the different shadow worlds of 10 domed tents set up inside Kyneton Town Hall. 

In August, A Day At A Time in Rhyme offers theatre enthusiasts a unique and immersive experience, masterfully crafted by industry veteran Jane Clifton. This one-woman show stands out as a raw, honest, and humorous reflection on life, seamlessly blending spoken word, soundscape, images, and music. 

Children and adults alike can join renowned storytellers Bunk Puppets in September for the entertaining and intriguing theatre production Hello Red Planet. It’s a satirical information session laying out a daring escape plan from Earth to Mars, when Earth’s problems seem too hard. 

September brings more school holiday fun with Creating Junk Journals, a workshop where young artists will be guided through the art of Gelli Plate printmaking to build a collection of personal and vibrant papers and transform them into a personal journal for future use. 

This program of events is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

Purchase tickets for Kyneton Town Hall shows via Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s website, or call 1300 888 802.