Open Spaces: Community Music
Our biggest weekend of the year, Open Spaces festival is a celebration of the Convent’s people, spaces and places.
In addition to our music program curated by Joel Ma (Joelistics), don’t miss these special performances from our talented community of musicians. They'll be animating our spaces with their beautiful sounds and compositions at select times across the weekend.
Music in the Main Nave with Joanne Saunders
Sunday, 3pm | Good Shepherd Chapel
Joanne is a musical instrument maker (recorder) and musician based at the Convent. Hear Joanne Saunders perform a varied repertoire with an arrangement of other musicians.
Riff Raff Radical Marching Band
Sunday 3pm | Roving across the precinct
Riff Raff Radical Marching Band are a bunch of Darebin-based activists who bring a bit of musical love to rallies, protests, fundraisers and community events. The Melbourne chapter of the band has a strong and proud history dating all the way back to 2013. You’ll find them dressed in red and black, making gloriously loud noises wherever they go. Riff Raff Radical Marching Band at Open Spaces is presented by The Boite.
Songs from South of Sixty by Peter Barber
Sunday, on the hour from 12 – 5pm | Studio C1.13, Convent building
Songs from South of Sixty is a collection of reflective poetry and prose gathered from a lifetime of experience. These works will be performed in short sets of 10 to 15 minutes throughout the afternoon in Peter's studio.
Sue Johnson’s Pagan Angels & Trolls Choir
Saturday 2 – 3.30pm | Various spots across the Convent site
Internationally recognised composer Sue Johnson leads the Pagan Angels and Trolls in a ‘choral trail’. From roaring revolutions to reverent hymns, the performances will take you through the historic spaces of the Convent with performances at various locations. Sue has called the Convent home for rehearsals for nearly a decade!
There for You Community Choir Concert and Song Launch
Saturday, 3 – 4pm | Good Shepherd Chapel
Curated by Dr Kathleen McGuire, this program of choral music will feature ‘There for You’, a song focused on the homelessness issue in Melbourne. The song is composed by Convent-based writer and musician Peter Barber and performed by the Playing Our Part Choir, an inter-generational group put together to perform and record the song.
Want more music? Check out our Open Sounds music program including world beats in our heritage gardens and DJs in the Sacred Heart courtyard, curated by Joel Ma (Joelistics).