Maroondah is rich in performing arts groups proudly continuing local cultural traditions, ranging from Maroondah Brass Band and Croydon Citizens Bands to the Ringwood RSL Pipe Band, Melbourne Male Welsh Choir and Maroondah Symphony Orchestra .
Maroondah’s leafy parks are host to a range of free outdoor performances by these groups and others. Opus 21 Big Band presents a summer series of concerts at Ringwood Lake each summer, and Council’s wide range of festivals and events include outdoor performances by many community music groups and local musicians.
The many changes that are happening in Maroondah include some exciting additions to this rich performing arts scene. New performing arts groups include the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Choir which promotes reconciliation through music, as well as d the music and dance groups of the recently arrived Burmese Chin communities.
Council’s facilities at Realm provide an informal and relaxed setting for free performances showcasing the talents of Maroondah’s acoustic soloists and small ensembles while ArtSpace at Realm also supports innovative small theatre and dance performances that reflect on important social and cultural themes and encourage participation in contemporary arts practice .
Karralyka Performing Arts Centre is housed within a building designed by celebrated architect Harry Seidler (with modifications by others). The fully equipped theatre hosts the Maroondah Professional Theatre Season, the annual Morning Music program and a range of community performances.
Each month on a Friday the Wyreena Conservatory Café hosts a musical event featuring some of Victoria’s most talented artists. Previous performers include Maria Forde, Taliska, Tracey Roberts, Stiletto Sisters, Marisa Yeaman, The Wild Geese, Bohemian Nights, Trevor Petrie and Nick Charles. Visit the Wyreena Music Cafe page for information on 2017 performances.