Local super star Fionna Allan will once again be programming and directing the Gold Sounds Music Conference.

Central Victoria’s biggest music conference will be returning for its second year from 13-16 October.

Held on Djarra Country in Castlemaine, the conference sessions cover a myriad of topics and play host to an extraordinary array of music industry professionals including artist managers, booking agents, musicians, academics, activists and more.

Gold Sounds is supported by APRA AMCOS, Australia Council for the Arts, Community Media Training Organisation, Creative Victoria Green Music Australia, Music Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Support Act, VMDO and more. The Youth Program is supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council, The Push and local FReeZa groups.

For more info and tickets, go to the Gold Sounds website!

Business Planning Tool now available for free to all Victorian business operators

The Business Planning Tool helps break up complex tasks into bite-sized pieces. In the tool you’ll find:

Quick wins – easy tasks to help you make quick improvements
Priority lists – series of tasks you can choose to help plan for your business and achieve your goals
Upskills – free and low-cost learning opportunities such as courses, workshops, and webinars
Resources – free tools such as business planning guides, cashflow templates and online calculators to help you plan and make good decisions for your business.
The Business Planning Tool is web-based and will always be free so there’s no need to download an app and it won’t cost you a cent. Just log in, create your account, and use the app on your phone, tablet or desktop computer. Your personal dashboard will help track progress on tasks and keep you focused on what’s next for your business.

For more information, visit here.

Sundays March 27 – July 10

Hourly sessions between 11am-3pm, $85 with artist Melissa Proposch.

Imagine and create a jumpsuit fit for The King, as an original colour intaglio print.

Artpuff workshops are welcoming, absorbing and suit all skills levels, 16 years +

Walk In Workshops do not require bookings. So if we’re already full when you arrive, simply write your name on our chalkboard to reserve an upcoming session.

Sessions begin every hour between 11-3.

BOOKINGS: chalkboard
ENQUIRIES: info@artpuff.com.au

Deep in the heart of last year’s lockdowns, Castlemaine Theatre Company was busy producing their very own Covid-Proof production of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.

Is blood thicker than water? Two charismatic sisters, one mad, the other bad, embark on contrasting paths to power; drawn into a festering conflict, they take a winding and magical route to redemption. 

David Thrussell’s original score paints an expansive, dangerous and intoxicating landscape encompassing driving electronic beats and magisterial, mystical themes.

The production was conceived by CTC President Kate Stones as an audio project, which was recorded at their new home at The Etty Street Studio in Castlemaine. Kate reflects that “we were incredibly lucky that locally-based and internationally-renowned electronic musician and composer David Thrussell had just had an international tour cancelled due to Covid. Thrussell agreed to compose the score for our podcast, and the result is a lush, expansive sonic landscape, with a timeless yet contemporary feel.” They divided Shakespeare’s original script into four episodes, averaging approximately 50mins each. The episodes were aired weekly on Castlemaine’s own 94.9mainFM radio station in 2021.

The Tempest takes place on an enchanted island populated with strange creatures and spirits where a banished duke plots to get revenge on his usurping brother. In the CTC version, they have adapted the original script altering the gender of the main character, Prospera, with her sister Antonia. The play deals with themes of power, revenge, and ultimate forgiveness. The Tempest is known as Shakespeare’s most musical play, and David Thrussell’s incredible score describes the island with dynamic energy, beauty, darkness and light. The music deftly supports the performances of the CTC’s cohort of experienced and talented actors.

Audiences say:

“Listening right now to The Tempest. Marvellous! Sound design is beautiful and immersing. The shipwreck…stunning. Oh, and the music…fantastic! Very good performances overall and seamlessly embedded in the atmospherics. Congratulations!”

“The Tempest is a great production. David Thrussell’s music is intense and enveloping”

“Shakespeare with a very contemporary feel. Sounds amazing!”

To listen to CTC’s The Tempest, go to : https://www.castlemainetheatrecompany.com/whats-on/the-tempest-podcast/ – and be sure to make a donation.

The Tempest, a podcast in 4 episodes, created by the Castlemaine Theatre Company, directed by Kate Stones with original music by David Thrussell.

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