Musicfest 2021, on Saturday 28 August, was a statewide celebration of local, participatory music! See the program below for details of our stellar lineup of music leaders and workshops that included soulful harmonies, latin rhythms, folk tunes & popular songs – with arrangements to suit all instruments, voices and levels of experience.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current lockdown restrictions, all face-to-face Hubs in Mildura, Ballan and Emerald were refunded. All workshops in the program below still ran on the day and our leaders and tech wizards brought everyone a beautiful, interactive, live, online experience directly to your homes.
Saturday – Join Musicfest from the comfort of your own home
CMVic was broadcasting a beautiful live, interactive, online experience to enable a truly statewide music camp – everyone could share in the joy!
Registration fees for the Zoom online experience were: CMVic Members $12 / $8; Non-members $20 / $12
Sunday – Commmunity Music Leaders Forum
Leaders were able to catch up with their friends and colleagues at the FREE Music Leaders Brunch 10-11:30am Sunday 29 August. Lyndal and Strat welcomed Catherine Threlfall who facilitated a discussion of inclusive and accessible community music leading: how are we already doing it and how can we do it better? There was plenty of time for reflecting together on our experiences.
Click on the program image below to download a screen readable PDF version
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