World-class art making tracks to Yarra Ranges

International Ballet Gala

By Derek Schlennstedt

Hear engaging, entertaining and enthralling stories, see internationally-renowned artists and take part in events for families and people of all ages as part of this year’s Culture Tracks program.

Yarra Ranges Council’s annual Culture Tracks program was launched for 2020 in February at The Memo in Healesville, with artists of all kinds previewing their works to more than 200 community members.

Performers including classical musicians Rubik’s Collective, comedy cabaret performer Jude Perl, International Ballet Gala dancers, singer Rebecca Barnard and Indigenous storyteller Uncle Jack Charles, among others, demonstrated their talents at the opening event.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Richard Higgins, said the Culture Tracks program featured a diverse line-up of artists, performers and exhibitions, along with deep themes to be explored.

“Our Culture Tracks program is always a showcase of some truly vibrant, engaging and astounding creative talent from all over the globe, and this year is absolutely no exception.

“This year, we’re privileged to have Uncle Jack Charles, Archie Roach, Katie Noonan and the International Ballet Gala among our programmed events, along with workshops, exhibitions, classical music and events for people of all ages.

“These events cover a vast range of topics, from mental health to the experiences of Indigenous Australians, gender equality and diversity, and acceptance.

“There’s also a number of fantastic community events we’ve been proud to support with Council grant funding, such as the Belgrave Lantern Festival, featured in this year’s program.

“Community members can watch the full recording of Wednesday night’s launch event on the Yarra Ranges Life TV Facebook page.

“I would also encourage anyone interested in these events to visit and book their tickets.”

The Culture Tracks program features events spanning comedy, classical and contemporary music, family events, exhibitions and storytelling, along with information about community events, significant dates and information about initiatives supported by Council.

Copies of the program are available at The Memo in Healesville, the Arts Centre in Warburton, the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Lilydale, Montrose Town Centre and Mooroolbark Community Centre, along with some cafes throughout the region and all of Council’s Community Links.

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