Film Fundraiser: Born Free

Not long after the fantastic Twilights at Taronga events have wrapped up for the year, Sydney-siders will again have an opportunity to support wildlife conservation, this time in the warmth and comfort of the cinema. Next Saturday 18th April, Event Cinema on George St will host a fundraising screening of the 1966 classic Born Free.

The event, presented by Animal Works along with The Feline Foundation, will donate 100% of the profits raised through ticket sales to The Global White Lion Protection Trust in South Africa.

There’s more than just the beautiful movie on offer, too. Each $20 ticket includes a free show bag and a raffle ticket for a couple of very lucky door prizes. The raffle winners could be taking home an original lion drawing by 2010 Archibald Packing Room Prize winner and co-founder of Animal Works, Nafisa, or a ticket to Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson’s upcoming Sydney event.

There are limited tickets available, so visit the Animal Works website to book.

Milk Crate Theatre

Milk Crate Theatre’s latest production, presented in partnership with Darlinghurst Theatre Company, begins tonight! This House Is Mine invites you on a dark and beautiful journey exploring the relationship we have with our most precious possession: our minds.

The work showcases the real experiences and artistry of the Milk Crate Theatre Ensemble, made up of artists that have experienced homelessness or social marginalisation.

The show runs until 22 March at Darlinghurst Theatre Co’s Eternity Playhouse and will include a post-show discussion with Milk Crate Theatre and St James Ethics Centre from 7pm after the final performance.

Ticket proces range from $30-$45.

Musical fundraiser

Uniting AgeWell Carer Respite Service is holding a fundraising concert of musical acts that evoke the period of World War I. The performers are presenting a selection of ensemble, duet, and solo acts of songs such as Charming Weather, Pack Up Your Troubles, I Like To ‘Av a Little Bit On, and Keep The Home Fires Burning.

The concert series, begun in 2013, is in aid of Uniting AgeWell’s Music For David program, which supports people living with dementia and their carers. The program provides patients with iPods full of music from their adolescent years, after research showed those with dementia can still recall music from that part of their lives. Listening to the music reduces stress and provides respite to carers.

This year’s concert will begin at 4pm on Sunday 22 March at St. Aidan’s North Balwyn Uniting Church. Tickets are $25 (or $20 concession) and can only be purchased at the door. Light refreshments will be served after the show.

Cabaret Fundraiser

Kids Like Us Australia are holding their annual fundraising event in Melbourne on 2 May 2015. With cabaret style entertainment, a silent auction, and food, drinks, and gift bags available, the evening sounds like a great night out.

Kids Like Us provide support services and advocacy for gifted students who identify with learning differences or challenges, including dyslexia. KLU offer counselling, therapy, teacher development programs, mentoring, family support and tutoring to name a few of their services available.

Tickets for the annual fundraiser are on sale now. Early bird tickets purchased before the 31 March are $85, and will be $95 thereafter.

Dress code for the evening is Cocktail Attire, so look sharp!

McClelland Twilight Jazz

The McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery’s annual fundraising event is on this Saturday 28 February at Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm. Twilight Jazz runs from 4pm- 8pm and is an evening of jazz music, picnics, wine and gourmet sausages, gift stalls, and the beautiful garden and lakes.

This year, performers include the Mrs Sippy Jazz Band featuring Pippa Wilson, Dukes of Debonaire, the Beckitt Brothers, and the Frankston High School Senior Stage Band.

Bring your own picnic basket and rug or table and chairs. Wine, soft drink, tea and coffee, as well as sausages, available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 if purchased before 3pm today, otherwise $25 at the gate. Children under 12 are free.

McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery is a registered not-for-profit organisation promoting & supporting Australian art and providing educational and community programs for more than 40 years.

Melb Movie Fundraiser

Looking forward to a relaxing Sunday night this weekend, but want to do something good for the community too? Easy. The Sandringham Lions Club are hosting a screening of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2012 box-office hit, to raise funds for newly established charity, Kids Like Us.

Kids Like Us Australia offer support and advocacy for gifted students who have learning differences or challenges. Since February 2013, Kids Like Us has developed programs, trained staff, and provided counselling, learning support and advocacy services to students aged 4 to 23 years old.

Tickets for the event are $25 and include nibbles and a glass of wine. Screening starts at 6:30pm at Dendy Cinema, Church St Brighton. For bookings email: or phone: 0459 400 038

Check out The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel official trailer:

Zoo Twilights – Melb & Taronga

Each year from January to March, Melbourne Zoo and Sydney’s Taronga Zoo host a series of twilight music concerts featuring local and international headline acts to raise money for conservation efforts.

Twilight at Taronga

For it’s 20th anniversary, Sydney’s Twilight at Taronga series will feature huge Australian artists Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko, You Am I, Dan Sultan, Something For Kate, and Paul Kelly as well as free public transport for ticket holders, including a 15 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. Other performances include Bjorn Again, James Morrison Big Band, and Australian icons Mental as Anything.

Twilight at Taronga runs every Friday and Saturday night from 30th January – 21 March. All profits will support the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

For full line-up, times and ticket sales click here

Zoo Twilights, Melbourne

Melbourne Zoo will feature a range of music and artists, from rock n’ roll, indie, and folk, through to disco, blues, reggae, Afro-funk, Bollywood and more. Headline acts include Spiderbait, The Village People, Bernard Fanning, Sarah Blasko, James Reyne, Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly and The Cat Empire.

Zoo Twilights runs every Friday and Saturday night from 30th January – 7 March. All profits will help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, now considered extinct in the wild.

For full line-up, times and ticket sales click here

Music Marathon for Mental Health

This Sunday, The Toff in Town will host a tremendous 12hr marathon of music, featuring 17 bands and artists playing everything from rock, blues, indie-pop, soul, and even some Beethoven!

In an extraordinary show of solidarity, the musicians (and venue) are donating their time to this fundraiser so ALL proceeds can go to beyondblue.

Event organisers Callum Moncrieff and Brihony Dawson, themselves musicians whose lives have been affected by mental health, aim to raise awareness of depression and anxiety. They’ve created an Everyday Hero page in support of Sunday’s event for those who can’t make it there but wish to give a donation.

On the night, event host Kara Bertoncini, entertainment journalist, performer, and model, will be introducing the impressive musical lineup that includes: rock-soul diva Stella Angelico, soul band Mayfield, indie-pop singer Chris Watts, the Leah Zweck String Ensemble, soul/r’n’b performer Thando Sikwila, The Tarantinos (who play the tunes from Tarantino films), Brazilian Choro and Samba band Trio Agogo, blues artist Sweet Felicia, and more! For a full line up and performance times, see the mmm4mh Facebook page.

Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Doors open at 12:30pm, with Seb Mont kicking off at 1pm. See you there!

Gender Equality Art Exhibition

Project FeMANisim will next week unveil their two week mixed media art exhibition that explores the role men play in gender equality advocacy. Featuring the work of male artists, Works in Progress presents their perspectives on gender equality and its importance in society.

The opening night event, set for the 26 November, will include guest speaker Rodney Vlais, acting CEO of No To Violence. Entry (to be purchased at the door) is $10 per person, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The ticket price includes a complimentary drink and finger food.

Space for opening night is limited so please RSVP via the event link below.

To give a donation that will help the group fund opening night, visit their crowdfunding campaign.

Sacred, Classical & Celtic

Belgrave singer, guitarist and composer Jacqui Rutten will be performing at a charity recital in Sassafras on Sunday 26 October. Sacred, Classical and Celtic: a charity concert for homeless women and children will be held at the Kennon Memorial Uniting Church from 2pm.

Rutten will show her eclectic musical style and broad experience performing as soprano alongside baritone Laurence Moore, as well as play guitar and sing accompanied by violinist/fiddler Jane Coleman and flautist Johanna Selleck.

The event will also feature singer and Celtic harpist Sam Derrick, local medieval group The Loude Band, and local choir Singularity.

Funds raised will be put towards a shelter for the homeless. Tickets are $15/$10/children free and may be purchased at the door.

Photo courtesy Sacred Stage. Pictured: Jacqui Rutten