It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Stonnington

Kate Rohde 3This year where I live in Melbourne, the local Stonnington Council has commissioned award winning Melbourne visual artist Kate Rohde to create a fresh and modern interpretation of traditional Christmas decorations.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the ArtsKate Rohde is well known in the city,  winning The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria (2006).

Since then she has gone from strength to strength, also participating in the ground breaking Melbourne Now exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria (2013-2014).

Working from her studio in Melbourne, Kate used her prolific imagination to redefine Christmas for the City of Stonnington.

Asked “…why did you want to be involved in the City of Stonnington Christmas Campaign” Kate Rhode answered…

“… as an artist you don’t often have the opportunity to be involved in projects of this nature. The City of Stonnington campaign offered a great opportunity to work in a different way and focus more much highly on generating good ideas…

…it was exciting to be given the freedom to reimagine Christmas and think creatively about the portrayals of the festive season” Kate Rhode said

Councils 460Malvern and Prahran Town Halls are decked out with Kate’s bold dynamic designs transforming the historic buildings into living celebrations of Christmas.

It’s all about having a bright and happy Christmas and the lights will remain in place until January 11 as festive beacons

The projections will be based on the Have A Bright and Merry Christmas campaign, and will feature the full spectrum of the rainbow, inspired by Christmas lights.

Ms Rohde said “…it wasn’t hard to find inspiration for the ‘bright and merry’ Christmas campaign from within Stonnington” after all it “… is a really vibrant, energetic place that genuinely embraces the arts,” said Ms Rohde.

Kate Rohde’s wonderful lighting designs and colourful flags are the perfect backdrop for what promises to be a vibrant and creative program of Christmas events,” Mayor Cr. Ullin said.

The Mayor of Stonnington Cr Claude Ullin said

After consulting with residents and taking into account feedback from previous years, we have decided to deliver two, larger-scale Xmas concerts that would appeal to a broader audience.”

“The program at Central Park has something for everyone, with an interactive and exciting program for kids and families in the early evening, followed by a fantastic line-up of some of Melbourne’s best musical talent for Carols at night.”

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Helping residents to embrace the mood of the festive season, there will also be riverside fireworks at the finale of Carols at Como Park where comedian Colin ‘Laneo’ Lane will host the entertainment.

Actor singers Amanda Harrison and Michael Cormick, together with the South of the River Choir and Stonnington City Brass will perform.

In Stonnington libraries in December family-focused activities are taking place, and there is a dedicated children’s program happening at Central Park.

Mayor Ullin believes the council’s festive spirit will encourage people to come together to enjoy time with family, friends and neighbours.

Christmas is a great time for all the community to come together and share the spirit of joy that abounds.

Kate Rhode further commented…” personally I think that we should embrace what is unique about a southern hemisphere Christmas.

It’s warm, it’s a really festive time of year, we’re outside and it’s our main holiday season”.

Carols in ParkChristmas at Central Park
Saturday 5 December, 5pm – 9.30pm

A free, family focussed concert at Central Park on 5 December features dedicated children’s activities from 5pm, followed by carols and performances starting at 7.30pm for adults and older families.

In recognition of International Day of People with a Disability, the event will be Auslan interpreted.

Hosted by Chelsea Plumley, the Musical Director is John Thorn. Performers include Andrew Strano, Bert LaBonte, South of the River Choir and Stonnington City Brass.

The dedicated children’s program will include artist Dan Gronszy’s Face Pain by children, roving performers, interactive performances and slapstick comedy trio Trash Test Dummies.

FireworksCarols at Como Park
Sunday 13 December, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Carols Central Park-5272Fast becoming Victoria’s largest free carols concert, Carols at Como Park on 13 December is hosted by Frank Woodley with John Thorn as Musical Director.

Performers include Amanda Harrison, Michael Cormick and Luigi Lucente along with The South of the River Choir and Stonnington City Brass.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015


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