In exploring women's voices in public spaces, the artists bring over 10 years of shared history and this is work that responds to a history of women being silenced in public spaces physically and in various forms of media. This collaboration is projected through video, performance, photography and intervention and will be placed within shop fronts, and onto walls and footpaths in the townships. You're invited to track between the artworks using a map of the sites on the website. Head to the event page for more details and to follow the conversation.
This is exciting and new, with individual artworks remembering stories, experiences, connections and imaginations of the communities in which the artists grew up. It considers local folk stories, observed patterns in movement through choreographed gestures, and a video featuring a collection of local women's visions. Dare to explore something different during winter's darkest nights.
While there, don't forget the other free community event that is the 2018 Belgrave Lantern Parade. It runs between 4pm and 8.30pm with activities taking place from 4.30pm and the Parade starts at 5.30pm. Parking will be very limited at this 12th annual event as thousands of patrons attend each year, and public transport is encouraged. You can watch the whole event from the side of the road or join the parade if you're illuminated in any way or carry a lantern. As you can see from the poster below, the evening will be filled with entertainment and the Yarra Ranges Life TV will be coming LIVE to you between 5 and 6pm on the night.
Image - Belgrave Lantern Parade & Burrinja
Innovative and exciting events to warm your winters night in celebrating with community, family and friends. Hayes Carpark will be the 'Village' that has local food vendors for sustenance, a lovely hot coffee from the Vintage Coffee Van, campfires for warmth, and musicians, drumming, belly dancing, roving performers, circus performances by Ruccis Circus (from 6.30pm at the aerial rig behind the book barn), and more, to make it all magical. Check the event page for more details and don't forget to flip over to the discussion section for updates and to be privy to what's going on.
Enjoy the sounds of Broadstone (a local on the hills music scene) at 6.45pm, and Clive & Shelly who'll be playing after the parade at 7.15pm at the Camp Fire, but not before you check out the fire twirlers dancing in the streets before the parade. If you think that's all, you'd be wrong. Post lantern parade, you can join the Winter Solstice Soiree at 6.30pm - Tecoma Uniting Hall.
Find more details on the event page about shared supper, walking the Mid Winter Spiral, a candlelight serenade and more. Entry is by donation to cover venue hire with a suggested $5 per person or $10 family.
If you have kiddies, you may well head to the freebie event that is the launch of the Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival put on by the wonderful Ranges Academy of Performing Arts at Cameo Cinemas, 7.30pm. It showcases films made by young people and there'll be some special guests for the launch. Could you possibly fit anything more on the 23rd?!