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Performances

We know you’ve heard it all before, but 2020 was one heck of a year.

Here at Melbourne Rainbow Band, we are lucky enough to be part of a strong and resilient community and were able to stick together and continue to create some truly amazing memories despite the challenges.

Originally commissioned for our 25th Anniversary Concert in 2020, Jared McCunnie’s Emerging from Chrysalis has become one of these fantastic memories following a long year of anticipation. Due to COVID, our anniversary concert was sadly cancelled, and we were unable to perform this piece as planned. As a result, Emerging from Chrysalis has taken on an entirely new meaning, enabling each band and audience member to take away something completely different.

Originally broadcast live on 21 April 2021, our world premiere video is now available to view , featuring both the performance and a chance to meet some of our band members and gain an insight into how they view the piece.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community.

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Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne.

GLIBTQ car club, Motafrenz will be there with some cars on display. And the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the Melbourne Rainbow Band will be adding a musical touch while you take leisurely strolls through the fourteen acres of magnificent landscaped gardens.

Located on Mount Macedon Road, gates will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, January 26. Entry is $10 for adults and kids are free. Proceeds go towards supporting the Chorus and the Band.

In order to keep these spectacular gardens looking just so, BBQs and pets are not permitted.

Sunscreen, good food, good company and a designated driver are highly recommended.

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Date/Time: Sunday 26 January 2020 – 10am to 4pm
Venue: Forest Glade Gardens
816 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon
Cost: $10 Adult – Children under 16, Free

Getting there:
Driving from Melbourne, follow the Calder Freeway and take exit C322 to Mt Macedon. Once you are off the freeway follow Mt Macedon Road toward MOUNT Macedon (as opposed to Macedon). After driving through Mt Macedon, Forest Glade is on the right-hand side – look for the rainbow flags and be sure to park safely and clear of the white line on the side of the road.

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Open Connections

November 9, 2019

The Melbourne Rainbow Band, Shepparton Brass and Wind and the OUTintheOPEN festival invite you to to the City of Shepparton for a one night only gala concert, Open Connections! This show will connect City to Country, and stimulate pride and diversity through music. The two bands will perform a selection of their favourite music, and […]

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Ice-Capades – 1 June 2019

March 22, 2019

Huddling around warm fires with toasted marshmallows, snow angels and snow men, ice skaters gliding and twirling to beautiful music. It’s time to come with the MRB on a winter IceCapade! Join the MRB for a toasty warm evening reliving the magic of winter through music. Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30pm James Tatoulis AuditoriumMethodist Ladies […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2018 – St Kilda Town Hall

December 15, 2018

Carols by Queerlight returns to St Kilda Town Hall for 2018 as the Melbourne Rainbow Band presents a fabulous night of celebration and festive entertainment for the DGS community. Hosted by Damian Nicholas and with special guest artists Lisa-Marie Parker, Justin Clausen & Sue Bradley, you’re invited to sing along with The CbQ Singers Choir […]

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Great Ladies of Song – 21 September 2019

September 21, 2018

Who has never had a crush on a Leading Lady? The Melbourne Rainbow Band and guest artists celebrate these iconic dames of stage and screen through a program of music and song. In our first appearance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, we are proud to feature the vocal talents of Sue Hingston and Vincent Hooper.  Join us […]

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A Journey Through Time and Space – 16 June 2018

June 16, 2018

Are you a space traveller or a time traveller? Join the Melbourne Rainbow Band for our next adventure: A Journey Through Time and Space! Saturday, June 16 @ 7:30pm James Tatoulis Auditorium Methodist Ladies College 207 Barkers Road, Kew ~ $25 Adults / $19 Concession + booking fee Early bird specials if you get in […]

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Dolly Diamond’s 15 Year Anniversary Gala

February 3, 2018

Australia’s reigning queen of cabaret, Dolly Diamond, is celebrating 15 years of performing in Midsumma, and is joining forces with the Melbourne Rainbow Band, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the  Footscray-Yarraville City Band, as well as some other very special guests for a celebration of song, laughter and Pride. Saturday, 3 February 2018 […]

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Picnic at Forest Glade 2018

January 26, 2018

This Australia Day, pack the car for a drive in the country and join members of Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ community, their family and friends to celebrate our national holiday with the annual Australia Day Picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon. Date/Time: Friday 26 January 2018 – 10am to 4pm Venue: Forest Glade […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2017 – St Kilda Town Hall

November 8, 2017

  The Melbourne Rainbow Band is delighted to announce that Carols by Queerlight returns to the St Kilda Town Hall in 2017.  Presented by the Melbourne Rainbow Band with the support of the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian AIDS Council. Music, singing, and spectacle – join with us in celebrating all the fun […]

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