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March 2020

Sensing Place

March 13 - March 29
The Vault, 168R Maude Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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FREE

An evolving exhibition about nostalgia and the senses Sensing Place, a visual arts project conceptualised and delivered by Kristen Retallick. Kristen has collaborated with perfumer, Rebecca Young to create an art experience for the senses inside a converted caravan that will appear at various locations and events throughout the festival. The van is a mobile exhibition space and the work inside intends to spark nostalgic memory through the combination of abstract artwork and scent. Viewers will be asked to write…

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Festival Opening Celebration

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Stage, Maude Street Mall, Maude Street Mall
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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All are invited to the Opening of the Festival which this year will take place in the heart of the CBD, Maude St Mall. On display will be the various artworks that local artists have produced to encapsulate this year’s theme EVOLVE. Our Creative Director, Jamie Lea, will give you a few tips about how you can get the most out of this year’s festival. “There’s no better way to start the festival than to join us at the Festival…

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Quarry Chorus

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dookie Quarry, Baldock St
Dookie, Victoria 3646 Australia
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Audience bookings are at capacity (reserved tickets still available to sponsors). To go on the waiting list please email admin@sheppartonfestival.org.au . If you are interested to be part of the choir contact creative@sheppartonfestival.org.au An all-body sensory experience. Experience the power of sound, light and movement in one of the most magical spaces right on our doorstep. This will be a multilayered spectacular at Goulburn Valley’s best kept secret location, the Dookie Quarry. In this incredible amphitheatre, the audience will be…

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Human Book Club

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Everybody has a story For the Shepparton Festival theme EVOLVE the Human Book Club will present the topic: ‘my fabulous career change’. This topic will look at the changing face of the workforce, and the expectations and demands that shape the decisions about when, how and where we work. A job or career for life is no longer the expectation or reality of anyone in the workforce. The Human Book Club will give participants a chance to tell their stories,…

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Culture Conversations: A world without the death penalty

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
La Trobe University, 210 Fryers Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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$10.00

Join barrister Julian McMahon who, with others, represented members of the accused Bali Nine (Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran), in conversation with SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) Director Rebecca Coates. Julian will discuss his work representing those facing the death penalty, his mission to bring state sponsored killings to an end, and the power of art to offer a language to talk about such difficult subjects. La Trobe University and SAM are proud to present some of Myuran’s last portraits completed…

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Shepparton Festival Podcast

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Terminus Hotel, 212 High St
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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$20.00

Tenielle McKenzie in conversation with guests Are you a fan of post-dinner conversation? You know, the kind that only kicks in 3 wines deep and after the sun has set? Be a part of the SheppFest Podcast as we dive into what it means to EVOLVE looking at the role of the arts within both community and self-evolution. With a superstar panel of special guests and performances led by Tenielle McKenzie, this is a night worth leaving the dinner table…

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Interactive Artist in Residence: Ryan Meeking

March 23 - March 27
Chapel on Maude, 150 Maude s
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Daily times: 10 am to 5 pm with a performance at noon Locally raised and internationally successful musician Ryan Meeking will explore the festival theme EVOLVE through music by writing, creating, performing, and upskilling during week two of the festival! The charming Chapel on Maude will host Ryan for the week when he will create and hone a new musical creation. Ryan will invite the public to observe part of the writing, recording, and development process. Each day at midday…

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Let’s Draw with Mandy Ord

March 24
Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi Street
Shepparton, Victoria 3630 Australia
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Learn from one of the brightest faces in comic art – Mandy Ord. Mandy is an illustrator and cartoonist with a wealth of published work, including children’s books and comics for various publications, including The Age. She has a passion for teaching, delivering lectures and leading workshops across Australia and internationally. Learn illustrative techniques, build your confidence and create your own work, all in a relaxed and fun environment. Times 11am for children 4pm for adults.

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Festival Finale

March 29 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Junction Hotel, 24 Wren St
Toolamba, Victoria 3614 Australia
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$50.00

Closing party not to be missed! Everyone is invited! Join us as we close out SheppFest 2020 in the lush outdoor setting of the “The Back Paddock” at Toolamba’s iconic Junction Hotel. Featuring music by Skuzz, a family trio that have played throughout the Goulburn Valley and beyond for the last 15 years. Skuzz are renowned for their harmonies mixed with smooth acoustic guitar playing and the best song choices. They will be joined by a surprise and stellar line…

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