Deans Marsh, 12 March 2024

Deans Marsh Community Hall, VIC, Gadubanud Country 

Deans Marsh Community Hall stands on the traditional lands of the Gadubanud People.

Deans Marsh has often been ‘on the move’ – the town, the schools, the playing fields and the community hall have all been relocated by the community members. One night in the summer of 1921, the Deans Marsh Mechanic community – somehow – hoisted the Hall that the community had funded and built in 1887 with a small donation from the Mechanics Institute in Melbourne, and put it on a dray (a great big cart), and with the aid of a big tractor hired from Geelong, moved the Hall up the road and round the corner and put it on the Oval. In 2023 the Hall remains in many ways the heart of Deans Marsh.

More than 70 different types of activities have and still do happen at the hall – voting for Federation (men only; Deans Marsh was pro: 69 yes, only 15 no); the Library which operated from 1887 until the 1930s, the Miss Deans Marsh competitions in the 1960s, the Back to Deans Marsh in 1959 and 1969, card nights, piano lessons, committee meetings, public meetings, community dinners, wakes, community concerts and more…. And then of course for the first time, the Small Halls Autumn 2023 Tour, in which everyone had a brilliant evening with Folk Bitch Trio & Scott Cook!

Festival of Small Halls returns to Deans Marsh on Tuesday, 12 March 2024 with Svavar Knútur and The Maes.

Opening the show will be local act Ciao Bella!

Ciao Bella is an exciting, up and coming pop/rock band from Lorne, Victoria that has been making waves across the Surf Coast and Bellarine Region with their captivating performances and heartfelt music.

Consisting of Isabella Reynolds on guitar and vocals, and Thomas Wallis on bass, the group was recently awarded as the winners of the Blues, Roots, and Folk category after their participation in 2023’s Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-In-The-Door competition.

There will be a sausage sizzle and soft drinks available to purchase on the night. BYO alcoholic drinks.

Tickets are priced at:
Full Admission – $25
Concession Admission (Pensioners, Health Care Card, Students ) – $20
Child Admission (Aged 16 and Under – Children Must Be Accompanied By An Adult ) – $10
Click here to purchase tickets.

Alternatively, you can purchase tickets locally at Deans Marsh Community Cottage.

Doors Open 6.30pm
Show Starts 7.00pm

There will be a sausage sizzle and non-alcoholic drinks available on the night. BYO alcoholic drinks.

Deans Marsh Community Hall has accessible entry (ramp and double doors) and has accessible bathrooms.

Festival of Small Halls events take place in venues operating under an approved VIC Health Covid Safe Event Checklist, and has stringent Workplace Health and Safety requirements for all travelling artists and crew. Under the terms and conditions of all events, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Please do your bit to protect others and keep your community safe.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body.

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