Words & Ideas: Alan FinkelSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
The clean energy transition is humanity’s biggest ever economic challenge. In Powering Up, former Australian chief scientist Alan Finkel shows how to remove the barriers that prevent nations transforming from petrostate to electrostate.
Fireworks: FREE community eventBuffalo Stadium 1/29 Forest St, Woodend
A free evening of musical entertainment with food trucks and the annual fireworks show at 6.30pm. A great night out for the whole family!
Gershwin & More: Simon Tedeschi & George WashingmachineSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
Simon Tedeschi, is one of Australia's best-loved classical musicians, performing everything from Mozart and Chopin to Debussy and Prokofiev for orchestras, festivals, and venues around the world. Joined tonight by jazz vocalist and violinist, George Washingmachine, for something a little different - Gershwin favourites and classic jazz standards by Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller and more
Words & Ideas: On Climate CatastropheWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
What is the scientific truth of the matter – how long have we got? What must be done, and what are the chances that it will be? Is Australia anywhere near where it should be? What might a ‘renewable’ Australia look like? Special guest speakers Lauren Rickards and Jaimie Button discuss.
Harmoniemusik: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Chamber WindsSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music staff and students perform Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito arranged for wind sextet, alongside original works by Weber and Crusell.
Choral Marathon of Victorian ChoirsWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
Seven Victorian Choirs take over the community centre for a five hour marathon event. Buy a ticket to the Choral Marathon and drop in or out of the event at any time 3.30-8.30pm (subject to seat availability)
Music for the King: Ensemble Gombert and Accademia ArcadiaSt Ambrose Church Templeton St, Woodend
Witness One of Australia's most outstanding chamber choirs Ensemble Gombert as they are joined by Baroque chamber ensemble, Accademia Arcadia for two outstanding performances of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Dettingen Te Deum.
Alma Zygier & BandSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
Commanding the stage with a heady mix of jazz and blues, Alma Zygier’s mesmerising presence brings to this timeless music a truly authentic yet modern grit. Join the Alma Zygier Trio at St Ambrose Hall for an enigmatic and fun performance featuring jazz and blues classics.
Choral Marathon: Big Sing: FREE Community Event
By the clocktower the combined 250+ performers of the Choral Marathon sing the Traditional Camp Meeting Song ‘No Time’.
Words & Ideas: On PandemicsWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
What has science learned from the COVID pandemic? What have governments learned? What did Australia get wrong, and what right? What are the chances of another pandemic? And what are our chances of surviving it? Special guest speakers Peter Doherty and Christine Keneally discuss.
Fantazy of Viols: ConsortiumSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
From the enigmatic genius of William Lawes to the haunting sounds of Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile, experience music through the crystalline medium of a consort of viols in Fantazy. Be sure not to miss this performance, featuring five of Australia’s finest viol players at the St Ambrose Hall.
Words & Ideas: Shakespeare VnmobledWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
On the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623, John O’Donnell presents incontrovertible evidence on the true author.
Liaison and The Seasons: Ensemble LiaisonSt Ambrose Hall Templeton Road, Woodend, VIC
Described by Limelight magazine as a ‘national treasure’, Ensemble Liaison is one of Australia’s leading internationally acclaimed ensembles. Join them at the St Ambrose Hall for a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ glorious Romanticism; a new Australian work written especially for the Trio; and a selection of their favourite ‘Seasons’ by Argentinian Tango master, Astor Piazzolla.
Words & Ideas: On Peace & WarWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
Is the world headed for a new cold war? Or a hot one? How close are we to the precipice? What are Australia’s options? Do we have any besides the US alliance and AUKUS? Special guests Jim Middleton and Nick Bisley discuss.
Music for the King: Ensemble Gombert & Accademia ArcadiaSt Ambrose Church Templeton St, Woodend
Witness one of Australia's most outstanding chamber choirs Ensemble Gombert as they are joined by Baroque chamber ensemble, Accademia Arcadia for two outstanding performances of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Dettingen Te Deum.
Words & Ideas: On Politics, Media & DemocracyWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
Sheila Drummond Memorial Session. Amidst rampant lies, conspiracy theories, fake news, deepening tribalism, and fashionable fascisms, how can we shore up democracy? How can we assure faith in democratic institutions, including the media, and enliven grassroots political life. How can we invigorate Australian democracy? With special guest speakers Sean Kelly, George Megalogenis and Sally Warhaft.
Words & Ideas: On History, Real & ImaginedWoodend Community Centre High & Forest St, Woodend
with special guest speakers Jock Serong, Andrew Rule, Tom Griffiths & Don Watson