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Performing Arts

East Gippsland provides a wealth of live music. theatre and dance performances for you to be entertained and stimulated.

The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub in at McKean St, Bairnsdale is the main performance space in the region and it  runs a wide variety of productions from visiting professional companies and live performance shows. 

There are also a range of performance art activities that occur  in the smaller towns across the region.

The Café Culture series has been delivering  live performing arts experiences for over fifteen years across regional Victoria. The carefully selected program of four events throughout the year aims to impress and delight audiences with an emphasis on diversity and quality.

These  are run in:

  • Lakes Entrance
  • Orbost
  • Mallacoota

Cafe Culture 2015

Sounds of Silent February 27

“Sounds of Silent”, this five piece dixieland style jazz band recreate an authentic silent movie experience from the 1920's by providing live music accompaniment to the Buster Keaton silent feature film "Steamboat Bill Jr. "as well as the Laurel & Hardy short film "Wrong Again".

Taliska May 8

Highland pipes, harp, fiddle guitar & beautiful vocals deliver the much loved music of Scotland. Be transported by songs of Robert Burns, airs, sprightly jigs & soaring reels.

Klezmania September 4

Klezmer music that ranges from heart rendering ballads to exuberant wedding dances. Enjoy rhythms that blend flavours of East and West combined with emotion charged vocals in both Yiddish & English, infectious & joyous.

Tijuana Peanut 30 October

Dressed impeccably in Safari suits this band is the natural successor to Herb Albert’s Tijuana Brass. You’ll hear The Little Spanish Flea & Tijuana Taxi, as well as more modern tunes in their very happy & danceable repertoire.
All shows are at the Lakes Entrance Mechanics Hall, Mechanics Street, Lakes Entrance, doors open 6.00pm and commence at 7pm sharp

All shows start at 7pm , doors open 6pm
Individual pre-purchased: $ 25 or at the door $ 30
Tickets on sale at: Lakes Entrance & Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centres
BOOKINGS Phone (03) 51 52 1482 www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/forgetheatre

Food and wine for sale on the night and provided by 

Albert & Co catering

2015 Cafe Culture poster



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