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March 2017

Opening Night

March 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Outside Courtyard Aussie Hotel, 73 Fryers St
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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While traditional road maps have been replaced with global positioning systems and remotely piloted aircraft (drones) are a familiar device, maps still play a significant role in our lives. The Opening of the 21st Shepparton Festival considers a ‘Festival as a Map’ and the process of being ‘mapped’ and ‘mapping’. Join us for the opening of Sean Rafferty’s Festival commissioned Cartonography exhibition. See the premier of Matt Head’s Sound Map and be entertained by a series of special Inventi Ensemble…

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SAM 80 Year Celebration

March 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
SAM, 70 Welsford Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Come celebrate the launch of the SAM 80 Year publication with an afternoon of artist and curator floor talks as we look at some of the gems on display in the exhibition 80/80. Eighty Years of SAM. Mapping The Collection. The floor talks will be followed by the official launch of the SAM 80 Year publication.

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In Conversation

March 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Stage, Maude Street Mall, Maude Street Mall
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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‘In Conversation’ discusses innovative ways to design, create, manage and maintain public spaces. We know that public spaces can benefit social, health, environmental, economic benefits; they can promote reinvestment, generate healthier lifestyles, increase land value and strengthen communities. Responding to the Festival theme ‘Mapping Shepp’ we want to ask how do you map culture, create the visitor experience, and support artistic engagement? How do you sensibly and successfully curate places that support programmatic activities and spontaneous, non–structured gatherings – how…

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Shepparton Shorts

March 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Shepparton Show Grounds, MacIntosh Pavilion, 109 Ashenden Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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$25

Renowned as the best and one of the longest running short film festivals in rural Australia, the Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival is a gala event screening some of the best films from Australia and around the world. The festival will again award prizes in various categories including best young filmmaker, best new filmmaker, best overall film and people’s choice. The Shepp Shorts, Short Film Festival brings contemporary short films by Australian and international filmmakers to a regional Australian audience.…

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The Farmer’s Cinematheque

March 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dookie Memorial Hall, Mary Street
Dookie, Victoria 3646 Australia
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$10

Premiering at the Adelaide Film Festival this lyrical documentary features unique archive material filmed by a farming family over 4 generations in rural Victoria. For more than fifty years, Relvy and his son John made beautiful films on their farm and within their small community in the Wimmera, in western Victoria. Their luminous archive connects past and present generations, revealing the rhythms and rituals of life on the land and drawing surprising parallels between settler and indigenous modes of mapping…

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Queer Vietnameseness

March 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
GOTAFE Shepparton Campus, 152-200 Fryers St
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Greater Shepparton is diverse: culture, food, gender, arts, sexuality, community. Kildonan UnitingCare’s Diversity Project and Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. present 3 short films as part of Shepparton Festival to honour the CLD (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse) in the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) on the “map” of our region’s diversity. Queer Vietnameseness – The documentary follows the lives of three queer second generation Vietnamese American womxn, navigating language, politics, and familial relationships – their stories add dimensions to…

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Ceramic Artists at Work

March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Bank, 7 Stevenson Street
Murchison, Victoria 3610 Australia
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$35

Potters and ceramic artists will be joining us for our 2nd annual ‘Lost Art of Letter Writing’. A good handwritten letter is a creative gesture, more than just a visual and tactile pleasure. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can not quite touch. Curated by Kinship Collective, mapping and showcasing our potters and ceramic artists, see the maker at work, exhibiting…

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Slam in Shepp Workshop

March 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Outside Courtyard Aussie Hotel, 73 Fryers St
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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It’s a festival wrap with a difference. We’re partnering with Melbourne Spoken Word to bring you four powerhouse poets introducing you to the art of slam poetry. Slam originated in Chicago as a way to make poetry live again, a fun competition that birthed a new breed of poets who were exciting, loud, performative, provocative and often political. All you need is your voice. No probs. No costumes. Rik The Most, Abe Nouk, Joel McKerrow and Soreti Kadir will treat…

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It’s A Wrap/Slam in Shepp Performance

March 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Outside Courtyard Aussie Hotel, 73 Fryers St
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Free

It’s a festival wrap with a difference. We’re partnering with Melbourne Spoken Word to bring you four powerhouse poets introducing you to the art of slam poetry. Slam originated in Chicago as a way to make poetry live again, a fun competition that birthed a new breed of poets who were exciting, loud, performative, provocative and often political. All you need is your voice. No probs. No costumes. Rik The Most, Abe Nouk, Joel McKerrow and Soreti Kadir will treat…

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March 2018

Art Fridges

March 2, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Free

Inspired by the Coburg station Book Fridge, the Festival Art Fridges will be installed at three CBD locations. Each housing a different art form, the public will be able to ‘borrow’ from the Film Fridge (housing DVDs) a book fridge and music fridge for the duration of the Shepparton Festival. The locations of the free exchange will be promoted through the Festival’s Facebook page @sheppartonfestival #sheppfest #artfridges

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Shepp Shorts

March 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Shepparton Show Grounds, MacIntosh Pavilion, 109 Ashenden Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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$15.00

Renowned as the best and one of the longest running short film festivals in regional Australia, the Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival gala screening showcases some of the best films from Australia and across the globe. The festival will again award prizes in various categories including best young filmmaker, best new filmmaker, best overall film and the people’s choice. This year’s Shepp Shorts will include roving performances by the Altitude Project Shepparton. Meals and drinks available for purchase at the…

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Writing By Design

March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
La Trobe University, 210 Fryers Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Do you want to hone your writing skills and learn the art of becoming a playwright or poet? La Trobe University proudly presents Writing by Design, workshops that covers the art of playwriting, poetry and editing with Marg Hickey and Sue Gillett. Sue Gillett is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at La Trobe University. She has authored two books, edited one anthology, and has had more than 30 articles and book chapters published in Australia and internationally. Sue was…

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