The Boîte World Music Cafe is the beating heart of the Boîte.
Regular high quality acoustic concerts are presented in intimate venues in Fitzroy, Box Hill and Eltham. Cultural diversity is a hallmark of these concerts. These concerts provide support for hundreds of local musicians, more than half being from recent immigrant communities. This is where we meet artists and develop plans for bigger projects. Ticket prices are a small fraction of those charged by major venues for equivalent performances. Boîte Music Cafes rely on the passion, skill and commitment of local supporters.
Collaborating with the Gertrude Projection Festival and supported by City of Yarra, we develop unique presentations of music exploring Melbourne’s cityscape.
This massed choir world music project started at Hamer Hall in 1999, heralding the new millennium. 17 years later it still captures the imagination of musicians, singers and audiences with inspiring performances on a grand stage. Singers rehearse in Melbourne and 8 regional centres. Follow on concerts have been presented in Perth, Canberra, and the Seychelles.
The Boîte Schools Chorus started in 2004 with 300 students from 15 schools performing Flight - A concert for Refugees at Hamer Hall.
We now engage with 1000 students from 50 schools each year, presenting concerts in Melbourne, Ballarat, Bairnsdale and Albury, with more in the pipeline.
The concert themes introduce students to music, rhythms, languages and ideas well beyond their neighbourhoods - Indigenous Australia, Africa, East Timor, Latin America, Africa, The Carribean, etc.
The Boîte prepares rehearsal material and background notes making the project relevant to many areas of the school curriculum. We run teacher PD sessions and two combined schools rehearsals for each region. Teachers are given plenty of support to make the project exciting and interesting.
The project offers schools an opportunity to work with other schools on a major music project culminating in a professionally produced event.
Students gain music skills, a greater knowledge of the world they live in, and new networks of friends and colleagues from schools in their region.
Parents are often amazed and overwhelmed by the talents of their children and the power of the performances.
No child need be left out. The choir is un-auditioned. Everyone is welcome. We have always produced an amazing experience for everyone.
Celebrated singer Jeannie Marsh in 2013 wrote: “The Boite Singers' Festival is a perfect example of 'best practice' in high-quality, well-run community arts and multicultural arts events, providing positive opportunities for artists, and showing the value of lifelong learning and active music-making.”
It is held on the second weekend of January at the Abbotsford Convent. Until 2016 the festival was based at Daylesford, Victoria’s premier tourist town famed for its food, galleries, hospitality and health spas, the festival is a must for keen singers wanting to immerse themselves in a weekend of music. There are 40 workshops and five concerts to choose from and plenty of fine food, wine and coffee to enjoy between times. It’s the perfect start to the year.