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FILM – Can Art Stop a Bullet?

Saturday, May 22, 2021 – 7.15pm – Yackandandah Public Hall

History is a depressing pattern of bad judgements and unnecessary wars. Now things have come full circle.  The fear that gripped the world during the Cold War is creating a familiar chill again.  Rational voices are either ignored, mocked or attacked. These restraining voices are often the voices of art. 

Wars are never started by mentally stable people.

Why do oppressive governments first try to silence artists? What is it about art that frightens warmongers so much? Can art temper violence when politics and reason fails? Can art stop bullets? 

Throughout his life, William Kelly has suspected that art has a profound ability to break through the vicious rage, that narrows minds, to create calming insights.

Through the voices of some of the world’s most socially engaged artists and thinkers, “Can Art Stop a Bullet” explores these questions in the search for an alternative path for humanity. 

William Kelly will join us for the screening and will host a Q&A session after the film.

LIVE IN YACKANDANDAH – The Maes

Vocal workshop – Saturday, May 29, 2021 – 2.00pm – Yackandandah Public Hall
In concert – Saturday, May 29, 2021 – 7.30pm – Yackandandah Public Hall

The Maes rich blend of folk instrumentation and close vocal harmonies is much loved by the Yackandandah community, following many performances in town at the Folk Festival, and their own solo shows. They are set to return in late May, armed with new material, and an eagerness to share it with communities emerging from lockdown. 

The Maes are joined on tour by Holly McNamara, who will begin the show with a short musical performance.

Maggie and Elsie of The Maes are the long-time leaders of the Melbourne walk-up choir, One More Chorus, and are bringing the One More Chorus vibes to Yackandandah for a very special Saturday afternoon vocal workshop from 2pm!

Singers of all ages, abilities and genders are welcome to participate in this 90-minute session, where participants will learn and perform a contemporary Australian folk tune in four part harmony.


Arts Yackandandah is a community arts organisation that celebrates and supports creativity, artistic talent, and cultural expression within the Yackandandah community, as well as from further afield.

After a year of responding to crisis, staying apart, and putting almost a whole year’s worth of creative content on hold, the Yackandandah arts community is bursting to roll out an extensive program in 2021. 

Our film club, Flickside, will be lighting up the screen again from March 2021. Locally produced radio play, From Here to There, will be broadcast on our local radio station, Indigo FM. And the Yackandandah Theatre Company is hosting a series of writing workshops with a view to creating its next monologue radio play.

We’ll look forward to welcoming the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra back to town on Friday 17 September 2021, and our team has a series of live musical performances in the pipeline, including a soiree featuring local talent.

Our creative groups, Ukendandah, and the Yackandandah Writers Group, are back in action and we’re brainstorming what the much-loved Yackandandah Community Choir might look like in 2021. Watch this space!

* All Arts Yackandandah events will be undertaken in accordance with the COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines of the time, and patron and artist safety will remain our highest priority.

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