Nikki Marshall

Yandoit’s historical Uniting Church is now in community hands and is being run as a community arts and culture space – Yandoit Cultural.

This church, nestled in the bush, is filled with history. It was built by locals in 1875 using bricks made from clay dug from the neighbouring dairy farm which were then fired in a hand-made kiln.

The church has excellent acoustics, perfect for musical concerts and spoken word. The raked floor makes for easy viewing and listening and the stained-glass windows frame the surrounding eucalypts outside.

The Yandoit, Clydesdale and Franklinford Community Planning Group have negotiated an agreement with the Uniting Church to keep this beautiful and historical building in community hands, at least until the end of 2023. This is an alternative to private sale, which has been the fate of so many historical churches in our local area.

During August 2022 Yandoit Cultural will host two events, as part of Words in Winter:

Winter Solstice – Musings on a Common Theme from Uncommon Places

Join us for an afternoon of spoken word, song, history, performance, storytelling and visual art. Three groups. Many voices. Unexpected perspectives.

Presented by:
Yandoit Cultural – the old Uniting Church in the bush, run by the community as an arts and culture space,
Lab Kelpie – a new writing theatre company now based in Daylesford, and
Roomers – a creative collective living and making in the City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

When: Sunday August 28 from 2pm – 4.30pm
Where: Yandoit Cultural, Uniting Church Road (off High Street) Yandoit 3461

Entry by donation (cash only) with Afternoon Tea provided

Django Fretts Concert- Gypsy Jazz Quartet

The Django Fretts are a gypsy jazz quartet from Castlemaine. Formed in 2015, the Fretts have an extensive repertoire of tunes taken from the Django Reinhardt songbook as well as a few American jazz favourites. They have played extensively around the goldfields region, honing their up-tempo sound at markets, gigs, and festivals. A set from the Django Fretts will evoke the mood of 30’s Paris with authentic gypsy jazz melodies and acoustic improvisations.

When: Saturday August 27th, 7pm
Where: Yandoit Cultural, Uniting Church Road (off High Street) Yandoit 3461

Entry by donation.


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